All four of us met at the Essex Park and Ride for the trip to Underhill State Park. It was a chilly start as we made good time up the Halfway House trail.

Next up were the Canyon and Lakeview trails with numerous tight squeezes through some interesting rock formations. Packs were on and off a few times to fit through the most challenging spots. We did not see any hikers on Halfway House, Canyon or Lakeview trails.

We finally ran in to some hikers just before we got to the Forehead where we stopped for a break and broke out some warm clothes. We stopped again at the intersection with the Rock Garden trail, before finishing up.

There was a surprising lack of traffic even on the Maple Ridge trail given that cars were parked well below the gate at the park upon our return. It was a beautiful day to be out and the lack of crowds on our chosen trails was a bonus.

Participants-Dan Couture, James MacDuff, Steve Titcomb, Leader-Mark McLane.