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Major is a fun mountain, great views, relatively short and easy. And crowded.

This day was no exception. However, I found an alternate route from the usual, and reached the summit having encountered only a couple of people.

The summit was about as expected, the usual collection of parents, grandparents, kids and dogs, but everyone seemed to be having a nice day :)

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I decided to continue on, and take another less traveled path, down to the Beaver Pond trail and over to Straightback.

Spring day on Mt Crawford.

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My son wanted to do a traverse from Jericho Rd gate to Mt Crawford.

Much too ambitious for me!

So we decided to meet in the section of the Davis Path between Crawford and Stairs Col.

 A very nice day, just enough ice left in the shade to require paying attention.

I took a nice fall on black ice on Crawford a few months back, so I was very careful!

Just cold enough to be perfect for hiking !

I thought there might be some snow on the ground. Was hoping for a few inches of crusty snow.

Instead, the trail was covered in ice, both the Winslow ( used for ascent ) and the Barlow Trails.  

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It was not terribly cold, and was very clear, so I parked at the gate - and immediately had to put on spikes; the road was mostly an ice sheet.

JUst a nice Spring day for a walk in Pawtuckaway.

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Up and over the South Mountain via South Ridge Trail.

No bugs yet!

There were 6 snippets of trails that I wanted to do today:

Fire Road Trail, 3 sections of the Round Pond Trail, a section of the Mack Ridge Trail, a section of the Round Pond-Mack Trail, and a section of the Round Pond-Piper Link trail.

Uh ... oops ... 7 snippets Smile

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Anyway, I've put these off waiting for cold weather because I mistakenly thought the Fire Rd Trail was an overgrown logging road I saw on a previous hike. I figured if I had to wade thru weeds I wanted to wait for the ticks to be sleeping in the cold.

Today was certainly cold enough, 31 degrees, after 50 degree weather all week, complete with clouds and spitting snow!

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