Upton State Forest, 11/13/11

Drove further than usual, 45 min to Upton State Forest. Hiked through oak and pine forest, on dirt roads good for biking and horseback riding, and on steep rocky trails. High water, deep puddles, streams overflowing trails – is it normally this wet, or was it the result of recent rains/snowmelt? Dean’s pond is the result of FDR’s Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) who built the dam in 1935-1938. Lots of different terrain here, from smooth, easy dirt roads through flat forest to steep hills strewn with giant boulders. Whistling Cave trail is hard to find at times (faint blue blazes, far apart), but it leads to a giant boulder formation, suitable for whistling!

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