[at-l] Ethan Pond

Jim Bullard jim.bullard at gmail.com
Mon May 23 06:33:32 CDT 2011

Thanks for the trip report RD. A good way to start the day and it reminded
me I have schedule a lean-to adopter trip soon to Scott Clearing in the

Jim Bullard

On Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM, RockDancer <rockdancer97 at comcast.net>wrote:

> I had a fun hike up to Ethan Pond Campsite/Shelter on Saturday, 6.5 miles
> round trip from the AT crossing at RT. 302. Hiking in the Whites right now
> is pre-blackfly season and almost snow/ice free – conditions that will last
> for about 5 days I think.
> I was within ½ mile of the pond before I encountered ice on the trail,
> making those wood bog-bridge thingies very slippery. A nice plus was a
> prolonged encounter with a Spruce Grouse.  I tried to sneak up on him to
> get a good photo but he would fly 20-30 feet each time I approached. Then I
> tried to ignore him and he flew right to me – I think he was toying with me.
> Snow at the pond and shelter was about 3 feet deep, but not everywhere. The
> winter winds create a large wave of snow near the outlet of the pond. A few
> Common Merganser were paddling around out there. Otherwise the place was
> empty, unused for a while I think. In another few weeks the caretaker will
> arrive and the hikers will also.
> --RockDancer (Arthur Gaudet)
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