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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

12/13/11 Pothole Trail

Trail indicated by dotted line is approximate

Mix of sun and clouds- cool but little wind. We were up for a challenge so decide to try to find the abandoned Potholes Trail from the south end. It is much easier to find starting near the Featherbed.

We started from the Canon Brook trailhead on Rte. 3 and followed that to the trail across from Doss S. Ridge ( some call it the Dorr extension) . Trail crews have done a lot of work to improve the Canon Brook Trail.

The extension is easy to follow to Otter Creek but once you cross the stream you have to hunt for a trail. Today we found it and followed it up the mountain. This is a view looking back after we came out of the woods.

And along the ridge

The trail ends near the Featherbed- a glacial pond where we shared an apple. I found lots of interesting lichen.

We then turned and retraced our steps, not wanting to risk the granite on the upper Canon Brook ( though it makes a nice loop) which is treacherous when only wet.

Pine needles in one of the potholes

When we got back to Otter Creek we had lunch and Kelley had a swim before we continued back to our start.

I don't generally care for water rendered in this manner but decided as an abstract it was OK

A nice hike- we were pleased to find the trail we had missed in the past and what ice there was we were able to get around. 4 hours


  1. Wonderful pictures and I very much enjoy the travelogues! Thank you

  2. Thank you Faith, for looking and taking the time to comment.

  3. Cool lichen photos! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks for looking and commenting Linda


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