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Monday, April 14, 2014

4/13/14 Northern Headwaters

Gray day with various kinds of precipitation forecast. Much cooler - 38 when we started and 34 when we finished. Not doing anything when we left home but ice pellets when we started the hike from Whitten Hill Trailhead.

When went up Whitten Hill to do the loop. The trails were pretty good - a mix of bare ground, snow, ice, and  water. The ice was not very slippery because of all the debris from the trees.

Not sure why, but the higher trails were the clearest.

We took a detour on the Goose Ridge Trail ( # 7 on the map) to visit a couple of small streams Kelley likes.

We continued to a small dam on the trail

There is a break in the dam that Kelley can't negotiate so, at this point, we turned back

In summer, she would swim the pond behind the dam to get around it but the ice kept her back today

Back on the loop the trail along the Sheepscot  there was  more snow and ice . The water was flowing swiftly and Kelley  looked it over but opted out

After the trail turned away from the river it became quite wet with lots of standing water until we were on the hill again.

An interesting but soggy hike. The ice pellets just bounced off and the snow that followed was light but then we got regular rain for the last hour. All in all the footing had been better than expected and Kelley enjoyed all the water.  2  3/4 hours 

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