Hiking the Orange Trail at SUCO’s College Camp – Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Report by Norma Lee Havens Even though it rained most of the night before and right up to 10 AM the hike last Tuesday, May 1st went on as scheduled at College Camp. Truth is the rain stopped at 10 AM. Eight hardy souls believed the weather was good to go so we started out from the first parking lot off Hoffman Road. (By the way, the Hoffman Road sign has disappeared from the upper East Street roadside.) The huge College Camp sign is still in place on the left side just before the turn left onto Hoffman. We walked a short distance back down Hoffman Road then using a map from the college’s Geography Department. We were on blue, orange, green, red and orange marked trails to weave our way from College Camp to the SUCO baseball fields and back again to our parking lot. Virginia and Currie Marr and I hiked the trail a couple of days before the May 1st ADK Tuesday hike and Mike Thomas and I hiked a nearby trail (orange and yellow) about the same distance in length but in comparing the two experiences the one we did on May 1st was much easier under foot and more interesting. The colors in the woods and on the trail were lovely green and lighted up the whole area. We saw land stage newts in glorious shades of bright orange. Everyone stayed with the group to the end for a total of 2.82 miles. We were back at the parking lot shortly after 12 noon. I enjoyed my three different trips in the wilds of College camp last week with all who joined me. Many trails are being improved at SUCO College Camp. Trees are being harvested; work is changing the trial options. There are some markers. We will try to get more copies of the class trail maps to share. There are excellent hiking options at College Camp and it is wonderful to have interesting hike options so close and available.

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