The trail around the pond starts near the boat launch at the end of the pond.
It closely follows the pond and we were relieved to find little ice- though lots of water on parts of the trail
The trail up Black Cap branches off and again there was little ice but severl blow downs for Kelley to work around
You come out of the woods onto open granite ledge and it feels like you are at the top
but it's back into the woods
First view when you do reach the ridge
There are several towers on the summit and once past them you are back on the trail in the woods. A level pretty straight walk along the ridge
When you come out of the woods there are more views
and soon the trail turns down and back to parallel the ridge for awhile before dropping down to the pond. This trail apparently receives less use and as it dropped was less clear and some of the blazes were difficult to spot. Kelley was a big help- several times as I stood looking around me for the trail or a blaze she would trot over to the trail as if to say. " it's here".
The pond from the east end
We continued around the pond. There was quite a bit of ice on the north side of the pond- careful stepping for me - no problem for Kelley who managed all her work arounds- blow downs and large boulders- on her own.
One last dip
Overall a nice hike on a pretty day. 3 hours