Cabin fever. Stir crazy. It’s amazing what losing power can do to you. After a recent Nor’Easter, we lost power for what ended up being six days. It took only two for us to get the itch and go outside to hike. Some areas got a lot of snow, others nothing. Trees were down everywhere; who knows what kind of environment we would be hiking in. Figuring we didn’t know what to expect, we might as well hike something familiar. Driving through Fahnestock State Park, it appeared that there was still a good 6 inches of snow on the ground still. We parked outside the Charcoal Burners Trail and began our little adventure.
I own a pair of snowshoes. Jackie does not. I have only worn them once around the house to try them out. This would have been a perfect day to wear them! Unfortunately, they are in my closet in the house, and I don’t think it would have been fair for me to easily trek across the snow while Jackie trudged along behind me sinking into the snow. So I trudged ahead of her. Luckily, someone had walked the same paths as us, so there was a trail blazed through the snow already.
We started out walking north on the red blazed Charcoal Burners Trail, and almost immediately to your left starts the yellow Perkins Trail. We kind of did this hike a while back, but instead of going to the Perkins Trail we went up Charcoal Burners to the Cabot Trail and down to Perkins. The Perkins Trail wasn’t anything too tough, some hills, but it was made tougher by the 6 inches or so of snow.
After a bit you come into somewhat of a clearing with pine trees, you have the option of going left or right. Right takes you to the Cabot Trail, left continues on the Perkins Trail. We went left, which after a short walk brings you to Glynwood and Topfield Equestrian Center. You walk in between the two properties, with Glynwood and the right and Topfield to the left. There were no horses outside, and obviously no farmers, but the views with the fields and the mountains in the distance were beautiful. Our legs were getting a little tired from walking through the snow, so we turned around before we got deeper into Glynwood’s property.
Backtracking to the junction with the Perkins and Cabot Trails, we went back to the Charcoal Burners Trail via Cabot. When we had done this hike in summer, the Cabot Trail wasn’t our favorite, we felt it didn’t really offer anything special. This time around, however, we enjoyed it much more. Maybe it was the snow creating a more challenging environment, or just the sheer beauty of the snow-covered land. The highlight of this section was the pond between us and Glynwood. It was still partially frozen in some areas, while ducks swam in the open waters. There was a rocky area with a bench that we walked to, the bench wasn’t sittable really as it was broken in the middle, but we stood there for a while taking in the views. While looking down at the frozen pond, we saw a beaver swimming underneath the ice! That was pretty cool, and surprisingly the only beaver we have actually seen on all of our hikes.
At the end of the Cabot Trail, you go right to continue down Charcoal Burners back to 301, left will continue Charcoal Burners north. This hike was much-needed with the stress and pain in the ass of losing power, and cheered us up considerably. Walking through the snow was different, luckily our boots are waterproof, but it might have been better with snowshoes.