Monday morning was here before I knew it last week and after an hour of strength training, I headed down to the Catskills for a day hike with Paula. Our plan was to summit North Mountain and because it’s not camping season (well, according to the State), we got to park for free in the North-South Lake State Campground. I was anticipating warm temperatures, so I kept my pack light and wore only a t-shirt. I love winter hiking and missed it dearly this season, but not having to wear so many layers and carry a heavier pack makes you feel speedy! We were on the trail in no time and only saw one person within the first hour; the rest of the day was spent exploring and catching up on our own.
I’d definitely return to these trails because of how easy they were, and just a short drive from Troy. It was about 8.5 miles around the lake with only a few spots that made you double think about your next step. Also, the trails were lined with rhododendron bushes; they will look gorgeous over the next couple of months.