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Little and Big Pisgah Bushwhack ~ Nov 1, 2017

Journal entry by Lenore and Jack Reber



Fifteen Crooked Canes took a chance on a cloudy day bushwhack and were rewarded. We walked along Chain Lakes Road from the outer Gooley Club building, sensing its history while chatting with friends. Soon after the Clear Pond trailhead we turned right, bushwhacked up to the col and then turned off the old road to the moss and lichen covered summit of Little Pisgah. The ground was soft underfoot, Snowy and Blue Mountains rose in the distance and we found a rock shoulder for lunch. Before heading over to Big Pisgah, Mary treated us to candy.

This part of the bushwhack was a little more demanding, but included unusual moss, a vernal pool, and interesting rock formations. Soon we visited several moss and lichen covered overlooks which grace the  western and southern shoulders of Big Pisgah. We admired the views of distant mountains and a glimpse of the Hudson where the Cedar River enters. After energizing ourselves with chocolate cookies provided by Lenore, we headed down and down the steepish slope. We passed through grass, rocks and stands of saplings, over and under fallen trees, and across a gurgling, submerged stream. A short walk on the dirt road and an invitation for apple cake at the Reber's ended this hike of 41/2 miles and 989 feet elevation gain.  Thanks to Kurt and Linda for leading the hike, and Diane, Kathy T., Donna Westcott, Donna Wood, Mary,  Sandy and Bob, Don, Lori and brother John, and Peggy for hiking with us. 

 

11/1/17 - Peggy Carrol added 1 photo. 11/3/17 - Diane Wisell added 2 photos.

20 photos



Outer Gooley Club colorful beginning



Pink earth lichen



Approaching the summit of Little Pisgah



We're "lichen" this lunch spot, with Blue Mountain in the background.



Lichen and rocks



Pool and moss.



Don in the lead!



Reddish moss closed....



Reddish moss open (flowering?).



Vernal pool.



"Vase" fungus.



Up Big Pisgah.



A lovely view of a range of mountains.



We found the plant of gold!



Bumps on a log.



Look! The sun. It’s real! - added by Peggy



Top of Big Pisgah - added by Sandy



A lovely moss and lichen field on Big Pisgah. - added by Sandy



John celebrates upon his arrival on the summit Little Pisgah. - added by Diane



Caption 1: Kathy celebrates completing her first ever bushwhack! Caption 2: Kathy celebrates completing her last ever bushwhack! Still smiling though after all those miles. - added by Diane



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