Morris Lake Mountain
Hike up early in the morning. The fog hadn't lifted yet. There's one short steep section and the moisture made the rocks, leaves and tree roots quite slippery. I had intended to make a loop with the Orange and Green trails but missed a turn near the top. I should have paid closer attention to the blazes (and my map).
There's a new Yellow trail that branches off the Green trail near the top and follows the ridgeline very close to the summit. It's not on NYNJTC map 126 nor on the map posted at the trailhead kiosk.
Started by going up the Ditch/Cardiac Trail counterclockwise. Passed two trail runners (going opposite directions) on the way up. Near the summit, I lost the Lavender trail. On the NYNJTC map, it looks like it goes south, missing the summit. But there are lots of mountain bike trails on the top that go to the true summit. I followed one of the mountain bike trails northeast along the ridge rather than dropping down into the valley on the Lavender trail. The mountain bike trail is fine but it make BIG switchback with little elevation change rather than taking a more direct hiking route. When I got back to the trailhead, I saw signs that JORBA helps maintain the trails. Although there aren't any wide-open views at the summit, my fifteen year-old doggie had a wonderful romp in the woods.
Took the woods road up to the small pond and bushwacked from there. Could have stayed on the road too as it (mostly) made it to the summit. Took the "smiley face" trail down. It was a nice cold day so the mud and ground was frozen, but most of last week's ice was gone. Even in the winter, no view from the summit. But it was a nice walk in the woods.
Bowling Green Mountain
Parked at the Snow Bowl entrance on Weldon Road and used the ATV trail to reach the communications tower and Milton fire tower. Unfortunately, because of this week's ice storm, the stairs on the fire tower had a thick layer of ice and I wasn't able to go to the top. However, the thick coating of ice makes it easy to bushwack. All of the Japanese barberry is coated too and the thorns aren't an issue.
Started at an old woods road off Timberbrook, just east of the Christian Fellowship Church. That woods road headed in the wrong direction, so just bushwacked across one small depression to Cobb Hill. Near the top, I crossed another woods road which I followed a bit on the return. It seemed to end in someone's back yard.
Parked at the Randolph Historical Society on Millbrook, but there's parking closer to the trails on the west side of the road. Follow the paved walkway north to dirt path with a sign for high point. Half way up, the trail and blazes disappeared. I walked this on a snowy day and may have just missed it. But it was an easy, short walk to the highest spot.
Swampy at the start, but not bad, with lots of stickers. Whacked up a hill and then took the woods road for a bit before cutting up the last bit straight to the top. Grabbed a pic of the summit benchmark disc before heading back down.
White trail to blue trail before whacking the final 1/4 mile straight to the summit. Came across a bunch of huge turkeys on the way back down. Really nice day to be out on the trails.