With only enough time for a for a very short walk on Saturday, we opted to park at Putnam Pond in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and start there. The pond was frozen, so we walked directly across the pond and picked up the trail to Clear Pond.
|The blue sky teased us while we crossed Putnam Pond, then it was gone.|
|Here come the clousds...|
|Trail signs near the Clear Pond lean-to|
|A unique lean-to...|
|It boasts a switch...|
|and a receptacle...just so you'll feel at home.|
Once we reached Clear Pond, and the Clear Pond lean-to, we followed the red trail north along the east side of the pond for a short distance, then bushwhacked up Little Clear Pond Mountain. We had filtered views of Clear Pond from the summit, but that was about all.
We came down to the north shore of Clear Pond and started south along the west side of the pond. The plan was to also climb Big Clear Pond Mountain but it was late and we didn't want to walk back across the pond in the dark.
|Trail junction at the north shore of Clear Pond|
We had reached the south side of Big Clear Pond Mountain when we decided to head back. We connected with the Treadway Mountain trail and took it back to the Mud Pond connector trail. Once at Putnam Pond, we retraced our steps back to the parking lot.
Hike Distance: 4.75 miles
Hike Time; 2.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: 600'
|The route (click image to enlarge)|