It’s not quite a tradition, but I have done it before. This January 1st was a cold but clear day and odd weather made it possible to take a route that is not usually open this time of year.
Both of these trailheads are difficult to access in winter, so I took this as a unique opportunity.
The Marlboro Trail parking lot is accessible after plowing, but doesn’t always get plowed. The Dublin Trail parking lot gets a birm of snow plowed across the road, but it had washed away in the warm rain.
I parked at the Dublin Trail and road walked about 3 miles to the Marlboro Trail. I found an interesting freeze pattern in a large puddle on Shaker Farm Road.
The Marlboro Trail opens up to ledges at about 2200′. The ledges saw a bit of rain.
I didn’t get any good photos of the summit, or taken on the summit. Here is a middling one of Rt 124 crossing Perkins Pond.
From the summit I headed back to Jim’s Junction. If you know the sign maker, you get to be famous. From there I descended via the Dublin Trail. There were dozens of people, but let them post their own photos
The upper reaches of the trail were pretty dicey, with barely enough rock in some places to land a boot. I was bare-booting, keeping my snowshoes strapped to my pack. Creepers would have been the thing to wear.
The lower reaches of the trail had a bit of ice as well.