On May 18th, Frosty and I hiked Blackcap Mountain in East Eddington. We drove into Camp Roosevelt, the Boy Scout Camp, to access the trailhead. If hikers come in the summer, when the camps are going on, the staff asks that you check in to let them know you are hiking.
We parked near the main lodge. Our plan was to hike on the orange trail around Fitts Pond then up the Blue and White on the south end of the Pond.
We walked through Camp Roosevelt to find the orange trail. Unfortunately, the trail became mud soup. We decided to change our plan. We turned around and went back through camp.
We went to the blue and white trailhead at the north end of the pond. At this point, we had already walked three miles. Right after the trailhead, was a bridge crossing a stream.
Part of this trail was flooded by the pond. We were able to go around the water. The trail passed by some large boulders.
There were some very steep, but short sections on the way up. Since they were short sections, it didn’t get overwhelming. It felt good to work.
Blackcap Mountain is the site of many communication towers, so there is a dirt road up to the top. The blue and white trail heads out onto this road near the top.
We walked over to the towers and around. We found where the trail continues down the other side. Where we would’ve come up, if we hadn’t turned around.
Frosty and I walked down the Blackcap Road, until we met with the Camp Roosevelt Road. We walked back to our vehicle. Our walk/hike, with the backtracking, was seven miles.
There is also a blue trail that rings the lake lower down in elevation than the orange trail. We didn’t try that trail. My guess would be that parts of it would have been flooded and mud soup.