Clockmill Pond, Adirondacks

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Judi and I were looking for some paddling adventures for the weekend. Initially we thought about poking around Watsons East Triangle, but the 3 hr. drive and obligations on Sunday made us look a little closer home so we settled on a day trip into Clockmill Pond near Piseco, NY, looping into Rock Lake. From the map and aerials there seemed to be enough there to keep us occupied for the day.

We left the car at the tiny trailhead on the Powley Piseco Road at about 10. The trail was fairly flat and after a little more than a mile of hiking, in spite of the dire warnings in the sign-in book of unmarked trails and lost hikers, we managed to find Clockmill Pond just fine.

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Clockmill is an interesting pond with exposed ledge ridges protruding into the pond that create the fingers seen on the topos.

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After exploring Clockmill we moved down the inlet toward Rock Lake.

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Rose pogonia orchid still in blossom.

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On our way we encountered this young fella.

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Water levels were generally low both on the pond and the outlet

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but we managed to make it all the way to a short bushwhack to Rock Lake.

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We circumnavigated Rock Lake and headed up the shallow inlet towards the unnamed pond to the north.

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Eventually being forced to do a little leatherleaf surfing and dragged the boats the last couple of hundred yards to the pond.

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Here we paddled to the far end and stepped up onto the trail to make our way back to the car ending a really beautiful trip on a gorgeous day.

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Looks like a great place to paddle.

How much water was in that stream below Mud Pond?
 
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Always good to see a new one. I'm glad someone is doing the re-con on these because it's hard to do from 300 miles away!
 
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Beautiful seeing those orchids. The mountains look dramatic on the topo, and pretty nice in the photos. Is camping permitted? Thanks for sharing Adk.
 
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While there weren't any official DEC sites, there were campsites.


I've noticed this quite a bit in Wild Forest areas. I see a lot of established water's edge sites but no designation.

While technically illegal, I've also see where the DEC has plans to make some these officials sites in UMPs (I've only eyeballed off their maps and where I've found them).

Soooo... you didn't hear this from me, but I doubt you'd get any fuss from a ranger if you camped at any of them.

That being said I've also never seen a ranger off of a road in a Wild Forest. I get the feeling that these areas get neglected and they only enforce the popular roadside sites. I've had rangers check in with me at those, and also ran into them or stewards in Wilderness areas.

It's a shame, but it seems like a) they don't care and b) there aren't the resources to manage these areas properly.

I've also notice an abundance of trash and other doodads at these Wild Forest sites. It was pointed out to me that many lie near snowmobile trails, and probably how the junk gets out there more easily.

It's a shame, because some of these areas are really nice spots to visit.
 
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