Low twenties and mostly sunny at the start. First choice was Hidden Ponds but couldn't get into the parking lot, Dynamite Brook Rd. and Myrick Pond Rd. also not plowed so that eliminated five possible hikes. We drove back to Franklin to where the Down East rail trail crosses Rt. 182. A small parking area had even been plowed. This is an 85 mile long trail and we have done this section and a couple of others but not the entire trail.
Snowmobiles had used the trail so the snow was packed, making pretty good walking.
A small bridge crosses the Card Mill Stream - but no water for Kelley
Another section of the trail
Having a rest
We hiked to a side trail we know that leads to Donnell Pond. We had seen no boot prints on the main trail but there were lots on this trail- must have walked in from their sleds.
There had been lots of activity on the pond
and a two shot pano- please click for full size
Where a stream runs out of the end of the pond
From there we headed back. Two more shots of the trail
This ended up being a nice hike. We lost the sun but met no snowmobiles and only two people ( skiers) as we were nearing our car so it was quite peaceful. 2 3/4 hours