Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

No Moose on the Loose.... 1/12/12

Last Saturday, 1/21, I had moose on the brain. I was still thinking back to 12/30/11 when I climbed Height-of-Land Mountain in Johnsburg, NY, just south of Gore Mountain Ski Area, and had seen all kinds of moose sign on the summit. I even heard one making an escape from me, but I didn't see it. So Saturday, Leesa and I went back there to find them.

Thick stuff... Good place to hide a Moose!

My last trip was with MICROspikes, but this time we made the trip with snowshoes, since there was about a foot of snow on the ground. We choose Saturday because the snow was fresh, and there was still light snow coming down. It would be easy to determine if there was fresh evidence or not. We parked at the trailhead for Second Pond and snowshoed about halfway to the pond before veering left (south) to climb the mountain. It took some time to break trail going up the fairly steep slope of the mountain. About two thirds of the way up we saw a few moose tracks traversing the slope. The tracks were from sometime the night before.

After we gained the summit ridge, we followed the ridge west but saw no sign of any moose in the location where I had seen all the activity 3 weeks earlier. I was disappointed. I don't know enough about moose to know if they tend to move around a lot, or if the find a nice location and tend to stay there. In any case, they were gone. We will have to keep up our search.

We decended the north face of the mountain back to the Second Pond Ski Trail, where we found two persons had skied in and out accompanied by a dog while we were up on the mountain. Other than a couple of trees that have recently blown down across the trail, the Second Pond Trail looks like a nice ski trail. There is one moderately long hill of moderate grade to ascend/ski down but otherwise it's a relatively easy trail.

Trip Stats:

Hike Distance: 3.8 miles
Hike Time: 3.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: 970'
Trailhead Elevation: 2280'
Summit Elevation; 3000'

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1 comment:

  1. Don't worry, you will find a moose some day. When you do, you should eat some chocolate mousse when you get home to celebrate. I think that would be fitting.