I set off hoping to hike Tunk Mountain. The first hurdle I encountered was that the parking lot had not been plowed and there wasn't sufficient space to park on the road. Fortunately, I found a space to park around 1/4 mile down the road at West Spring River Lake Road.
The trail to Tunk Mountain was well marked and had hard packed snow so I didn't need to resort to snowshoes (I did wear microspikes as it was icy in parts). Around a mile in, right after Mud Pond, the ridge trail starts its vertical ascent and is fairly steep. The trail at that point was extremely icy and although I had spikes and poles, I made the decision to stop at that point and re-assess my options.
I elected instead to take the Hidden Ponds Trail, which offered nice views of Little Long Pond and Tunk Mountain. The total hike was 3.3 miles (including 1/2 mile of on-road hiking to get to where I parked).
Overall I had a great trip despite the lack of parking and the change in plans. The weather was nice (32 degrees and partly sunny) and I was happy to be outside.
Tunk Mountain and the Hidden Ponds Trail are part of the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land.
Here is the trail map from today's hike.
|View of Tunk Mountain from the Ridge Trail across Mud Pond|
|View of Little Long Pond from the Hidden Ponds Trail|