Lots of snow so far this winter (2010), so we’ve been doing some short snowy hikes, which I’ve put in this one post.
12/31/10 – On New Year’s Eve we did a short hike at the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park, starting at Rocky Hill and headed south.
The snow got deeper the further we went, as people hadn’t gone that far. Without snowshoes, it was getting too difficult so we turned around.
1/1/11 – We always take a hike on New Year’s Day, it’s such a great way to start the new year.
We needed a hike that was nearby as we had something to do that night… so off to Cheesequake State Park we went…
There was probably 5-6″ of trampled snow.
I used traction aids, but they probably weren’t needed. It was fun to pick out all the different tracks in the snow: boots, boots with spikes, snowshow – both newer and old “tennis racket” type, and skis.
Those roads are good for cross country as well.
1/16/11 – Ended up at Cheesequake again.
Still a decent amount of snow on the ground here, the trail was pretty trampled but the snow was fluffy, not icy.
I used MICROspikes which just makes winter hiking a breeze. We walked toward the lake and on the woods roads this time, and in some areas it was still a little deep so we needed to follow the ski tracks.
The parking lot was amusing…. I was putting on microspikes, another couple was heading off on snowshoe, and then another pair were pulling skis out of the trunk…. a little something for everyone at Cheesequake.
And if you have a sled, there is a big hill by the lake where people were sledding… looked like a ton of fun.