Sunday, January 15, 2012

Lake Welch and Conklin Mountain

Lake Sebago / Conklin Mountain
Harriman State Park,
Rockland Co.,
New York

Seven Hills Trail: Blue blaze
Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail: Red blaze

Total Time:
1:10 hr
Estimated Distance: 2.8 miles
Level of Difficulty: Slightly Difficult
Level of Recommendation: Slightly Recommended. Tranquil, but no view.
Points Of Interest: Good climb, tranquility, and excellent lake views.

Google Maps of Parking:

View 2012 Winter in a larger map

This was my first totally frigid hike of the winter season. When I started the hike, my car thermometer measured 12 degrees. When I finished the hike, it measured 16. At least it was sunny and the wind was minimal. But since I was alone and the weather was so cold, I did a smaller hike than usual.

I started at the Lake Sebago Boatch Launch area off Seven Lakes Drive. It is opposite here that the Seven Hills Trail starts. I took the Seven Hills Trail up the mountain, past the Diamond Brook, and then veered off on the road towards Lake Wanoksink for just a short bit until the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail. I then took the Tuxedo-Mount Ivy Trail down the mountain to the Lake Sebago Dam, and then took the path parallel to the shoreline of the lake heading north back to my car.

Map of the Route

Lake Sebago from the Boat Launch.
This part is entirely frozen with clear ice.

Ice Formations on the Lake Shore.

Another View from the Boat Launch of the Frozen Lake,
with an overturned beached boat.

On the northern part of Diamond Mountain at the intersection
of the 7 Hills and Tuxedo-Mt. Ivy Trail.

The Lake Sebago Dam with 7 Lakes Drive Directly Above.

Southern part of Lake Sebago.
For some reason this part of the Lake was not frozen.

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