Bob's end to end hike.
I finished the Midstate trail going north-bound on Thursday, August 15th. As you can see in the photo below, it was getting dark at 8 PM and I had to hustle to get back to the Mt Watatic parking lot without flash light.
Now that I have finished, I would like order the trail patch. Where do I send the $5? I would also like to thanks the volunteers who have worked hard to make this trail possible. I used the trail to train for a trip to Scandinavia where I climbed the the highpoints of Sweden, Finland, and Norway as well as the tri-point where the three countries come together, all in 7 days. I had many places where I lost the Mid-state trail and spent a lot of time backtracking to find it again. I lost the trail four times just in the stretch from Oxford to Rte 20. The north-bound blazes could use work here.
Another problem place is the southern end of Browning Pond. The map in the guidebook erroneously shows the trail going west up the paved road. If you follow the trail north besides the pond, the markers turn to pale yellow triangles and peter out. Only, if you happen to be looking left at the correct time, can one see the trail going into the woods. It took four tries to find this out.
Bob Anderson 8-26-02