Report by Bill and Kathy Holmstrom. Twenty-one hikers, including ADK members and a few guests headed off towards Mud Lake from the Pine Lake parking area at 9:15 AM. Ken, a local resident who’d grown up in the area and was intimately familiar with the trails and park history, joined us for the hike and kept us informed along the way. Weather was pleasant – cool and bug-free. The frequent rains of the past couple of weeks had red efts and mushrooms out in abundance, but the few muddy areas were manageable, and the stream crossing was easily navigated with helping hands. We stopped at the edge of the bog for a group photo before winding our way through moss covered tree roots out to the lake itself. Most members ventured out on the sphagnum moss bog to take in the beautiful scene and observe the pitcher plants for which the bog is noteworthy. The return trip was uneventful, ending the 4.6-mile hike at 12:15 PM. A good time!
Photos by Bill Holmstrom.