Mix of sun and clouds and cold and breezy ( 19 when we started 17 at the end) . A good day to be in the woods. We started from the trail head on Freedom Pond Rd. and the only tracks in the snow were animal tracks. A ways up the trail we came upon another hikers tracks that came out of the brush- we assumed someone who lived nearby had bushwhacked up to the trail. The first part is a gradual climb to the ridge.
We had seen this camera on previous hikes but now it sported a sign
These woods are mostly deciduous and more open as you climb
The trail passes through Spirited Horses Ranch - part woods and along the side of two meadows. There is a small bench at the end of one of them and we stopped there for our apple and these views.
Back into the woods, we followed the trail to the pipe line easement where we turned back. After following the easement a short distance the trail goes back into the woods and out and back in, to end at the Northern Headwaters Trail.
Another piece of the trail on the way back
and a couple of close ups
There were still a lot of leaves on the ground under the snow.
Turned out to be a nice hike and more comfortable than expected- a pretty day in the woods. 3 hours