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    I am hoping to be able to complete my Winter 46 next Sunday (2/18/18). I have Hough, South Dix and Macomb left. I am thinking that I would do Hough first, then South and finish on Macomb. I have been looking for information on Lilian Brook trail, specifically what it is like to climb as opposed to descend. Also wondering about the trail along the ridge between Hough to South and onto Macomb. I am assuming that route finding will be an issue. Finally, this plan means an end of the day descent down the Slide Brook trail. I have been on this trail before but it was many years ago and I don't think I came back down this way. I would appreciate any suggestions or input on this plan. Thanks.

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    I don't think you'll find route finding along the ridge trail to be much of an issue, although finding the start of the Lillian Brook trail and the beginning of the Slide Brook hp from the slide itself can be tricky in the winter if it hasn't been broken out. You'll come to a couple of steep steps between Hough and Pough but there should be an easy work around if the snow isn't deep enough to simply walk up them. I unfortunately don't have any updated trail conditions, but maybe somebody else can chime in on those.

    Almost forgot: Enjoy the hike and congrats on your upcoming W46 finish!
    My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.

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    • Nals
      Nals commented
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      Thanks for the info . . . I have read a couple accounts of folks missing the herd paths for Lillian and Slide.

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    The trail from Macomb to South can be tricky to find if there is deep fresh unbroken snow. You'll probably be fortunate this Sunday, as you'll probably have last weekend and this Saturday for folks to break it out for you. Descending the Macomb Slide can range from a fun butt glissade on soft snow to picking your way down slowly with crampons and an ice axe; with the potential for rain this week it might be icy.

    The herd paths are well documented on OpenStreetMap or OpenCycleMap, and there are many GPS apps for a smartphone that will download and cache portions of OSM/OCM. That can be invaluable for navigating on herd paths that are covered in new deep fresh snow. Or take a printout.

    I might be heading for Hough this weekend too.
    Last edited by toeknee; 02-13-2018, 02:58 PM. Reason: PS best luck for your W!

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    • Nals
      Nals commented
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      Thanks for the info . . . I am able to (and have) downloaded trail location from Caltopo for the location of the Lillian Brook trail and Slide Brook and will be sure to have them along with USGS map of the area. I have heard that a group is going in Thursday with plans of doing the whole range. Makes me think I’ll be in good shape except, for perhaps, Lillian Brook. We shall see!

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    OSM's trail data is used by WaymarkedTrails.org where you can download them as GPS tracks. For example, here's the Lillian Brook Trail:

    https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#route?id=7266590

    If you want to see contour lines in WaymarkedTrails, click the gear icon and change the Basemap to OpenTopoMap.

    FWIW, I revised OSM's Lillian Brook Trail about 3 months ago (and other trails in the Dix Range) using Strava's 2017 Heatmap as a reference. Those mapped trail are about as accurate as technology allows for now.

    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/407839536

    Keep your eyes peeled (or set a waymark in your GPS) because the junction for the Lillian Brook Trail is subtle especially if there's fresh snow. Good luck!
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    • Nals
      Nals commented
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      Thanks for the good wishes and the information.
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