Adventure #2 on Saturday was a foray to Lincoln Pond in New Russia and a bushwhack hike to "Hill 514"; an unnamed hill just west of the lake. The height of you the hill is 514 meters, or roughly 1686'. Credit for this idea goes to Tom Dubois and his book "Life Under the Fast Lane - A Bushwhacker's Guide to Northway Access Routes, Exit 28 to Exit 31". I've used his invaluable book for many of the trips I've taken into the Dix Wilderness. You can find his book at the Mountaineer in Keene, and other stores as well.
This trip involved taking the Lincoln Pond culvert under the Northway; then bushwhacking SW to Hill 514 for a great view of Lincoln Pond. Tom's guidance in his book was spot-on. We parked at a boat launch for Lincoln Pond and followed an old woods road and foot path to the culvert using Tom's directions.
After 0.6 miles, we passed through the twin culverts and were at the foot of Hill 514. From there we had no problem hiking another 0.6 miles SW right up the ridge to the summit. With the leaves on the trees, we had filtered views on the way up, but with the leaves down there would be a full view early on.
Quite near the true summit is a ledge that provides a great view of the lake. We had lunch here and watched boats on the lake down below. A nice breeze kept the bugs away.
|The ledge that provides the great vantage point for Lincoln Pond|
|An old mason jar with a rusted lid containing a wet log book for the summit|
|Both halves of the lake could be seen from the ledge.|
|Rev provided scouting for us.|
|Leesa convinced Rev to sit in the shade for a couple minutes to cool down.|
|Lincoln Pond culvert|
Hike Distance: 2.9 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours (including stoppage time)
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 700'
|The route (click image to enlarge)|