Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

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Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

New postby mike » Sun Dec 08, 2013 10:18 pm

For the past month or so, I have had a number of obstacles preventing me from hiking. This weekend we decided to hike a region that has been on my list for quite some time. We decided to hike from Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch. Barlow Notch is in between Hayden Mtn and Ginseng Mtn. We also ascended another small mountain between Barlow Notch and Ginseng Mtn. We had hoped to find a spot where we could get a clear shot of Heloise Lake. But, that didn't work out.

The weather was okay. About 1/2 to 1" of snow on the ground that was frozen along with frozen dirt. Microspikes worked great. It was cloudy. The temperature was below freezing. But, the humidity was high with a slight wind. Made it seem colder then it actually was. The total mileage for the hike was 4 miles. Not a big hike, but fun hiking terrain.

At the parking lot there was one other car. We moved off to the side in case the plow truck came to turn around. We then started up the old logging road. the incline is quite easy all the way up to Barlow Notch. Easy hiking to the Notch. We then hiked the un-named mountain on the side of the notch. There is a steep climb up the mountain. On top the mtn there must have been a house. It is covered with grass. We hoped to get a view, but that was going to happen. You could see Heloise Lake and Windham Ski Mtn, but there were lots of trees obstructing the view.

We then headed back. We took one of the side trails. Easy walk below the mountain range. But, we then turned around. We then headed back to the car.

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Side trail to the west

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Looking northwest from the mountain next to Barlow Notch

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Hayden Mountain

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Hayden Mountain

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One of the limited views of Heloise Lake and Windham Ski Mtn
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Re: Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

New postby mtnclimber » Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:09 am

Haven't hiked there yet. I'll have to go there someday.

Is there any ginseng on Ginseng mountain? I presume that is how it got its name.
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Re: Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

New postby mike » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:55 pm

There probably was Ginseng on the mountain at one time. But, I would presume that it has been picked by now. I do see Ginseng in other parts of the Catskills. It is illegal to harvest on State land. And, you need a permit on private land.
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Re: Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

New postby Birdman » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:55 pm

Looked like a nice hike. Maybe hook-up sometime in 14 for a hike. I also need to contact Kevin in the near future also. Merry Christmas!
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Re: Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

New postby mike » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:11 pm

I am planning on hiking from Jennie's Notch Road to Heloise Lake in january with some other people. Should be a good snowshoe hike. We plan on hiking on some of the new land surrounding the south side of Heloise Lake.
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Re: Heloise Lake to Barlow Notch

New postby mtnclimber » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:58 pm

How hard is it to get to Zoar Mtn? It would be nice if there was a place where you could see Heloise Lake.
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