I enjoyed two short bushwhack excursions on 9/7 and another on 9/12 looking for views on the ridges around the road leading up to Russell Pond.
A view of West Tecumseh and its long spur ridges from a ledge on a ridge east of Russell Pond.
A vista peering through Thornton Gap to the distant Sleepers and Mt. Whiteface. Osceola's Breadtray Ridge is on the left, West Tecumseh on the right.
Zoom on Thornton Gap.
A random meadow in the forest.
Nice hardwood whacking to "Russell Pond Peak," (2071 ft.), south of the pond.
Osceola, Tripyramid (through Thornton Gap) and West Tecumseh from the top of a wooded cliff on the precipitous east face of Russell Pond Peak.
The summit of Russell Pond Peak, a "2000-Footer."
Title page of the summit register.
A scene at the summit.
Russell Pond, looking across to the two summits of Russell Pond Peak. There was a loon out on the water.
A short, steep afternoon bushwhack from Russell Pond Road led to a great ledge perch on the east side of Russell Pond Peak, offering wide views of the Osceola-Tecumseh area. I first visited this ledge back in the mid-1990s.
Open woods are the rule on this whack.
The final approach to the ledge is steep.
A commanding perch looking towards Mt. Osceola and Thornton Gap.
West Tecumseh and ridges stretching out towards Dickey Mountain.
Tripyramid is sighted through Thornton Gap.
A comfortable place to hang out for a while.
From here you can see the entire Scar Ridge-Osceola ridgeline.
Looking up the Talford Brook valley to the North Peak of Loon (left) and Scar Ridge (right),
The wild back side of Loon.