Cold and a bit of wind, but sunny. Four degrees when we got up and I stalled 'till it was up to twelve. The West Trail had a narrow but well packed path for pretty good walking .
Heading north on the rail bed there were only some old ski tracks but the crust mostly supported me. Soon the ski tracks disappeared but we continued on until I started to break through the crust in places and we turned back.
When we left the rail bed, Kelley wanted to take Main Rd. That and the Loop Rd. were alternately bare earth and patches of ice and snow. Back on the West - a lonely old leaf
We had met no one until we were almost back to the car when we met a woman and her young dog. It was not aggressive but barking and jumping around a lot and Kelley did not engage it in play. We then met a couple and their dog that Kelley knows and she ran to greet them. An invigorating hike. The woods are still pretty and the footing had been pretty good. 2 hours