~5 hours, ~5 miles, lightly strenuous
Hike #7: Trekking between waters
Great parking lot, one of the best I've experienced. Super easy to find. Right off the highway, route 23 and Canistear Road. Unfortunately, nearest Lyft driver was 25 minutes away. Ordered it, then checked the app after ten minutes and saw he hadn't made it any closer. I called him and he proceeds to tell me that he was actually on an Uber run and got confused. So, I had to order another Lyft. All in all it took me 35 mins to get a Lyft. You have to roll with these types of punches on the highlands endeavor. An endeavor implies hardship along the way. This endeavor is no different.
Another hardship is the cost of the ride. It was $18 to go from the parking lot to the starting point at parking lot #4 on Clinton Road, right near Cedar Pond. The bebop playing on the car radio during the ride somewhat eased the pain of the expense.
This time we go northwest on the highlands trail. You are starting on the other side of Clinton Road now.
At some point (you'll figure it out), you will turn left to the south to take highlands and yellow trails.
Hot damn, you'll arrive on a fantastic ridge overlook of the north end of Buckabear Pond. It is a splendid place to rest and get your bearings. Marvel at this massive boulder that was ripped out of a mountain by a glacier 10,000 years ago.
Follow the trail south, come down the ridge, and follow along the pond.
Still heading south, Buckabear Pond feeds into Clinton Reservoir.
Close to the southwest corner of the reservoir, you are going to hang a right turn and head to your third body of water, Dunker Pond. From time to time, you will cross over and along old stone retaining walls or walls that demarcated separate properties/farms. Imagine the farmers tending to their crops, living by the light of the moon and the sun, struggling to survive, then popping on down to Dunker's Pond for a little skinny dipping and/or jet skiing and/or deep fried turkey on pontoons.
While at Dunker Pond, stop under this tree and have a bite and have a rest. You'll need to muster up some strength for the final ascent and descent.
Now climb that shit. Great little baby mountain for you to scale. Slogging my way through it, cursing it, I realized I had no way to curse it by name. It was unnamed. So, of course, I named it. Mount Maxwell, after me and my middle name. $100,000 for a year sponsorship and I will rename it after you or your company. Will also produce a separate Mount [your name} event for extra $25,000.
Keep taking this puppy to the top, then drop down the other side to your car, which is waiting for you on the other side of the train tracks.
Open up your car trunk.
Pop a bottle of wine open. Have a glass. Raise your glass to Route 23 and all the suckas coming home from work.
Play this loudly while you drink:
Use NY/NJ trail conference map #116.