Yesterday it rained all day and we just took a short walk downtown. Today it is sunny and 39 but the wind made it feel cooler. This was not our first choice. We went to Hidden Ponds but still could not get into the parking lot. Dynamite Brook Road was also not plowed so we drove back to where this trail crosses Rte. 182. There were signs saying the trail was closed because of saturated soil and no riding. Didn't seem to prevent walking.
There were patches of bare wet soil and it didn't look very good at the start
But it quickly improved and was mostly more snow than dirt, with a few icy patches.
We met a couple with their dog near the start but no one else the rest of the hike.
The Card Mill Stream crosses the trail and Kelley looked for a way down to it but the banks were steep
Further on we came to a side trail that leads back to a pond ( we had taken it in the past). It is crossed by a small stream near the start.
This trail, because it was in the woods, had more snow and a fair amount of ice.
I think this is the end of Donnell Pond- the map is a bit confusing ( lots of printing crammed together) but you can see Schoodic Mtn. where it should be
Kelley was disappointed to find the pond frozen over but soon found where a stream flows out of the pond
And got an actual swim
We had lunch and headed back.
A marshy area along the way
Nearly back and one more chance to get in the water
Turned out to be a good hike. Pretty day and mostly good footing. 3 hours