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    My Son and I had the privilege of hiking Thomas and Cat Mountains today. It was icy so you should have microspikes. People did do it without and I did see one hiker fall directly on their tuckus. I am one of those that would rather wear out my spikes on a few rocks then possibly fall down so I kept them on most of the time.

    I really enjoyed the yellow trail. It was a lovely trail but a little sad hiking among the tree stumps. I would love to know when the logging had been done.

    The Blue trail when not climbing Cat mountain was a little dull. There is a lake along this trail. The trail goes right over the top of beaver dam. While it looks like it is reinforced by several boulders that were added, it does look very unstable. I am actually thinking of contacting the DEC about it.

    Every one was considerate of each other on the trail.

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  • #2
    I sent a note to the DEC and Bolton Town Supervisor about the dam
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    • #3
      Hiked Cat yesterday as well, having done Thomas a few weeks earlier. Darn right about needing the spikes! From the pond took the red trail, past the gate, sharp right, and attempted to find the blue trail to the left, and missed it. Saw a trail going left at cairn but no blue markers going left, only blue going straight. . Eventually figured it out and took the ATV trail, which was kinda blue marked, until a random blue marker in the woods, on the left, took us into the woods. Not well marked in the woods. New, real new, blue markers. Then it took us back to the ATV trail. Like they are trying a reroute but needs more markers.

      Ideally a sign saying/pointing "Cat" at the junction of the Red and Blue trail would have made it all so much clearer. Had a lot of fun, great day, and mental challenge, especially as total length each way as 2.5 miles, not 1.7 or 1.9 depending which guide you read. Overall it exceeded expectations. Love this area of the park. Many with sneakers, and sweats, much less hoping for folks to have traction. Would expect some minor injuries occurred due to the ice and people just not prepared for it.

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      • #4
        Yes blue markers were few and far between. The Yellow trail was marked nicely.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bunchberry View Post
          . I would love to know when the logging had been done.


          . Roughly 20 years ago. This was land belonging to a developer who was going to put in luxury homes on the mountaintops. Deals fell thru and the LGLC bought, built and marked the trails (but not the ATV trail up Cat, that was put in by the developer) and the property then re-sold to NYS.

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          • Bunchberry
            Bunchberry commented
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            Thanks for that

        • #6
          This may explain the lack of trail markers.

          https://poststar.com/blogs/adirondac...2930cc5d1.html
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          • #7
            Couldn't get past the subscriber or allow ads options,it just hung up on me. Looks like theft drove it from what did display.

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            • Hear the Footsteps
              Hear the Footsteps commented
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              I got in. Maybe I've not exceeded some limit. Short item. Dateline is 9-6-2017. Talks about of thefts of markers. Identifies following places of occurrence Amy's Park, Godwin Preserve, Cook Mountain Preserve, and Cat & Thomas Mountains Preserve.

          • #8
            I got a reply back from the DEC and they will be looking into the dam. I learned that Edgecomb Pond which is below the dam is Bolton's water supply .
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            • #9
              I got this back from the DEC!

              I received your message about the beaver dam on the Cat and Thomas Mountain yellow trail. Thank you for letting us know about the situation. We were able to take a look at it yesterday and address the problem. The trail is on an old road bed at this location and it is in stable condition. Beaver activity clogged the culverts causing water to build up and run over the trail. We were able to unclog the culverts and will keep an eye on the situation to see if further action is needed.

              Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.

              Best,
              Becca

              Rebecca Terry
              Forester, Division of Lands & Forests
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              • TFR
                TFR commented
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                I'm surprised they are doing things like this!
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