The last time we were at the pond ( for Kelley to have a swim) I saw a new trail sign which was past the Blue and White Trail- see map.
and today we were going to check it out. It started out as a fairly steep woods trail with lots of leaves that were slippery.
We came to a clearing and the trail from that point was one we had been on before- at least parts of it. It was very rocky and poorly maintained with lots of uncleared blow downs . Kelley really struggled with this trail with numerous work arounds, some big bushwhacks, and several times when I had to lift her as there was not an easy way around- she resisted that but had no choice at times.
At one point the trees opened for a view of the pond below
but then it was back to it
We came to a junction with a trail blazed blue and white which I believe is the trail we usually descend on - we have always come up the Blue and White Trail and then down this end. We continued up and it became much easier
I had thought this hike was going to be too short and we would need to add something to it but it had taken us two hours to reach the ridge!
We found a nice spot to have our apple and some water
Unlike the woods coming up, which had mostly been deciduous, the trail along the ridge is mostly through conifers
and a view from near the summit - which has six towers ( not shown)
We found the Blue and White Trail and descended to the pond, which made Kelley happy
And a final dip before we got in the car to head home
It had been an arduous hike but Kelley was very brave and resourceful and we felt good about our accomplishment. 3 1/4 hours