Join me as I welcome spring... with a winter-style campout at the Tubmill Marsh Lean-to, located on the north side of the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness!
Yes, the calendar will say spring, but in late March the weather forecast still tends to be a bit wintry. But at least the trend will be towards milder temperatures and longer days. And in this part of the Adirondacks, the snow should be clearing out just a little earlier.
Tubmill Marsh isn't a particularly scenic campsite. The lean-to is set back in the woods from the shoreline in a piney forest, and it is only about 2.3 miles from the trailhead. For sure, there are prettier, more secluded places you could go.
However, I am selecting this site because of the company it keeps: an entire neighborhood of small, trailless mountains with open ledges and outstanding views. Or so I've been told, because I haven't explored many of them yet. In particular, I have my eye on Potter Mountain, which overlooks Gooseneck Pond. But Bear Mountain, Ragged Mountain, and Pine Hill are also possibilities.
Like the Clear Pond / Treadway outing in January, this will be an easy and laid-back outing for those who just want to hang out at the lean-to and tend the campfire. If you want to explore, join me for the bushwhacks. Either way, you can't go wrong!
Photo: Winter camping at an Adirondack lean-to
Hiking Distance: The distance to Tubmill Marsh from NY 74 is about 2.3 miles, with small hills along the way. When the days start getting into a freeze-thaw cycle, there is a high probability of icy build-up on the trails. Off-trail hikes are all of indeterminate lengths.
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Deadline for Signing Up: Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:00 PM. Sign-ups after this time might not be noticed by the trip leader.
Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer event, you agree to assume full responsibility for the personal safety and well being of yourself and your guests.
Seasonal Conditions: The calendar may say spring, wintry conditions should still be expected. Snow and ice may be present.
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