I parked at the Barton Mines Road trailhead off Route 28. From there I skied 1.4 miles to the NE corner of the Botherathon Loop. I skied the loop clockwise, but when I got halfway around, at the Old Farm Road, I headed west on a different trail to Hour Pond. This was a trail I had not skied before. Conditions were perfect. The Hour Pond Trail provided some nice hills to get a few nice downhill runs.
I only saw 6 skiers all day. I'm sad that this will probably be my last ski day of the season, but I got in quite a few trips this winter, especially the last half of the season when we had a pretty good snow pack. With a couple 50 degree days on the horizon, the powder conditions will be over.
I'll let a pictures below tell the story of how pretty it was in the woods today.
|Sign at Baron Mines Road parking area|
|Blue skies all day!|
|Great bridges with some decorative twig railings|
XC Ski Stats
Trip Distance: 16.3 miles
Trip Time: 5 hours, 45 minutes
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 1800'
|The route (Click image to enlarge)|