IroquoisArcher
Went back and John dropped me off at where I stopped 1/2 way through the west loop 2 weeks ago. I dropped my car off where the trail (west loop) would end. Did 16.8 miles 2 weeks ago and about 17 would be this time.
Once you cross DeHaas rd. the CKT (orange blazed) connects with the Weaver trail (yellow blazed) which you have to follow for what looked like on the map 2 miles. Yellow blazes were few and hard to see. Got to the "T" where it showed them both going both ways. Map showed heading east but right at the "T" there was a yellow arrow pointing west and also an orange rectangle. Went west (had already run across 2 weeks ago where they had put turn right when they meant left) about 1 mile and every now and then would see the yellow and orange painted on trees...turns out they marked a snowmobile trail with the same blaze but every now and then would put up an orange rectangle! Get out by Rt. 144 and orange arrow is pointing south. All this was backwards from what the map had... Finally turn around and go back to original arrow (followed DeHaas down a mile from Rt. 144) and went in again where CKT crossed. At the "T" went east and trail was hardly more then waist high grass bent over like what a deer going thru brush makes. After 1/2 hour of looking decided would just go cross country north where West creek went eat/west so had to hit it and could then follow that to a nice campsite the write up said. Went couple hundred yards and ran across the trail, no trail disernable before it started in the woods. Anyways did at least 17 miles. Should have camped overnight a second night as thunderstorm between Penrose and Swamp branch roads (about 1 1/2 miles). Put raingear on and hoofed it and at Swamp branch road you can follow it north 2.1 miles to right across the road from where I parked...only it's a hunting camp road so no access.
Some of the trail was old railroad grades so not as rocky as 1st half of it I did 2 weeks ago plus not as much ups and downs.
Anyways bridges had to use, campsite and only snake I saw. Was when I was almost back to car, about 1/4 mile away. Was twilight and as I was walking was flicking sticks off the road with my trekking pole (44" long). Went to flick this one and it squirmed! Guess it's a milk snake and my book says they're supposed to eat rattlesnakes and copperheads. With that light I thought it was a copperhead!!
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hydiseka
Looks like fun!
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treeslinger2
Spot on the snake ID!!

Looks like a good trek!
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Vonfoust
Very cool Jon!  Next year I'm in for at least one or two.  Hope I can keep up with you.
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IroquoisArcher
Chris, got the east loop to do, only 22.4 miles. Figure will do it after camfest next year if it's at Johns instead of making another trip down there this year. Figure just do some in the ANF or NCST next month and then maybe the hang either at Pine Furnace or the Jan. hang...where not sure yet it's going to be.
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IroquoisArcher
Finished the CKT at end of June! About 53 mile figure 8 loop but figure did over 65. Ended the second part when in a watershed area so no camping so decided to finish the last 5 miles before camfest. So road walked 5 miles back to the car and when restarted walked 5 miles to the start point...1 hr 15 min. for the 5 miles going to the start as was road and all downhill. Only 2 snakes, one large figure was a milk snake but was loaded for it but it slithered away when tossed the pole at it but thought heard it hissing as went by. Second was a garter snake that went just as I was about to step on it...glad I had more underwear!!
Where boot strapped on hurts like crazy even 2 weeks later. At routine doctor visit doctor thinks just bruised the muscle...yes I have some.
Next may try the North Country Scenic Trail if the ankle quits hurting.
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