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Black Mountain

Black Mountain

This was a really neat hike. As with most hikes there is always something neat that is discovered on the adventure, to me it was the awesome views. I had traveled from Plattsburgh south, down to this hike. While its easy to get to, it is on the east side of Lake George which takes a little bit of navigating to get to. I'm sure there was a better way to get to it, but I took the north-way south to exit 28, then Route 74 to Route 22 south to the junction of Washington county Route 6. If I remember

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Belfry Mountain

Belfry Mountain

This is a quick and easy hike, just what I was looking for today as I had a lot of other things to get done, but still wanted to get out and hike. This literally took all of 15-20 minutes to summit from the road. Not to mention that today, was a bluebird day that really made this hike rewarding as it was quick, and offered fantastic views of the high peaks and green mountains of Vermont. According to topo maps this is only a little over 1750 feet, however as mentioned earlier, the views are s

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Hadley Mountain

Hadley Mountain

This one is off the beaten path, but pretty easy to get to. The Tower Road is the only dirt road I navigated, and was in really good shape and is said to be plowed in the winter. Hadley mountain is a 2.6 mile round trip hike that starts to climb almost immediately after signing in at the trail-head. It is a gradual climb the entire way, with a few pleasant ridge walks along the way. The summit of Hadley is 2653 feet (according to topo), of which you will actually climb 1500 feet, give or take

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Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock

This fire tower sits on the summit of Cathedral Rock, located on the campus of New York State Ranger School at Wanakena, about 8 miles west of Cranberry Lake, NY. This tower was originally erected on Tooley Pond mountain in Clare NY, which is north-northwest of Cranberry Lake. For those looking for a easy hike, this would be the one. Even for a young family and their Nana. From the parking area near the ball fields you pass through a gate on a dirt road. There was no sign-in booth, or a

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Blue Mountain

Blue Mountain

This is a post election day hike. My son and I planned this day off well, unlike the results of the presidential election. We knew that we had to get out into the woods and just get away from the buzz of the election results. Blue Mountain, in Blue Mountain Lake, NY was a great choice. The forecast was for misty rain in the morning and then clear up in the afternoon to be a mostly cloudy day. The weatherman was partially right, it was a misty day. The radar showed the rain from overnight was

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Azure Mountain

Azure Mountain

This was a lazy day today. After sleeping in until 7:30 this morning I had to change my plans. I knew I wanted to get out and hike something, so this little gem popped up on my radar. I have been nonchalantly hiking the Adirondack fire towers, something that isn't really intended to achieve, but appears to be moving in that direction. My intent is to get my endurance back up and, with my son finish the 46 high peaks this winter. We have 9 left to do, so getting in shape is top priority. Az

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Vanderwhacker Mountain

Vanderwhacker Mountain

I found this to be a very nice hike. It was nothing that I had expected, I compared that to what I had read anyways. Its like reading a book, forming your own vision in your mind, then watching the movie in a theater, based on some others imagination. The trail is a soft gradual hike, from trail head to the summit it is a 2.5 mile trip, 5 miles round trip. The climb is so gradual that you do not realize the climb is just under 1700" of elevation gain. The mountain itself is at 3386' of elevat

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Goodman Mountain

Goodman Mountain

This mountain is located behind what locals in Tupper Lake call Lumberjack Spring and was once referred to as Litchfield Hill and on some older maps can still be found as such, while It may not be ever an official name. A new trail has been developed by the DEC to mimic the one developed over time by users; it now clearly accesses the summit of Goodman. This 1.7 mile, one way, hike is over easy to moderate terrain. Danielle wanted to do this one first, and she made a good decision as it is an

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Coney Mountain

Coney Mountain

This hike is 1.1 mile, one way, hike is over easy to moderate terrain. Most of the trail is rocky and has a lot of tree roots to contend with. The trail is fairly new and footing is a bit rough in areas, but quickly becoming heavily traveled. The trail sweeps around the steep western slopes of the mountain. As the trail steepens a bit, it continues to contour its way around to the northern slopes of Coney Mountain and then meets up with the original trail just below the summit. The last section

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Goodnow Mountain

Goodnow Mountain

I had left the house early this morning for this hike, 6am. I knew there was rain in the forecast for the morning at some point, so my hope was to at least make it to the summit before it began to rain. It was a great idea, and in fact as I was traveling to the trail head I began to wish I had left an hour earlier as it was spectacular with this early morning sun hitting all those multicolored leaves. The leaves are at peak in the Adirondacks, and this mornings sun, from sunrise until it got abo

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Little Haystack Mtn (Buck Pond)

Little Haystack Mtn (Buck Pond)

I have known about this little hike for quite a few years, but it has been typically to warm for me to hike, and besides we we're usually camping and that is my lazy season. The hike begins just off the road in the campground that leads to the beach. It starts on a blocked-off road in the campground (Buck Pond Campground) as marked on the campground map. It continues along following Lake Kushaqua for about 1.25 miles until finding the trail junction on the right. This area provides several ar

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Weston Mountain

Weston Mountain

I Didn't make my destination, but did have a great 5.12 mile hike in the woods. One person had gone in ahead after the last storm. Since then everything softened and froze making for not so pleasant snowshoeing. The start of the trail crosses a small footbridge before hiking along a very easy to follow and well developed trail. The trail is mostly flat to the Hurricane Mountain Trail junction that veers to the right at just over a mile from the start. There is a nice lean-to located in this ar

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Mount Adams

Mount Adams

Dingo and I decided to head out to Hike Mt. Adams which is located in Upper Works of Tahawus. This area has always seemed erie to me, an old abandoned mining town. Just like the many across the country, this place was once a prosperous mining community, like many before it, has shuttered its doors. There are many mountains in this area, several are considered some of the 46 high peaks of New York. Mt Adams is not one of them, but offers some of the best views of the High Peaks, especially fro

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Gray Peak

Gray Peak

We had a late start to our day, which did not deter us, other than we did not see as much as we wanted, we did meet our objective (Gray Peak). We signed in at the trail head at 8am on the dot. The sky was a beautiful blue, with not much of a cloud in sight. As the day wore on this would change and gradually the clouds would role in, but not sock in the summits. The trail was a hard crust of ice and some powder snow (less than an inch). This season has been horrible for snow accumulation. Th

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Avalanche and Colden Lakes

Avalanche and Colden Lakes

Derek and I had originally planned to hike Gray, Redfield, and Cliff mountains. Like typical men we changed our minds while enroute. Actually the dynamics of our hike changed from the previous high peak hike, we were off to a late start, and snowshoes. This was the first time this season snowshoes were needed (required). We opted to make this a conditioning hike, and down shifted and took a nice walk into Avalanche and Colden lakes. It was a 10.04 mile round trip hike that offered some beautiful

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Scarface Mountain

Scarface Mountain

The first half of this trail follows old roads over relatively flat terrain through coniferous forest and past rippling brooks. Eventually the trail begins a steady climb. Side trails lead to an open ledge with views overlooking Oseetah Lake and the Saranac Lake chain. The other views on the trail require some bushwhacking, and the summit itself does not offer a view. This wraps up my winter Saranac Lake 6 list. It was 16 degrees when we left the truck with little to no wind. Perfect hiking t

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Baker Mountain

Baker Mountain

A short late morning jaunt. A bit cool today, temps were around 11 degrees in Saranac Lake with a 20 mph wind made it feel colder. We originally planned to do Scarface mtn, but with the bitter cold temps we chose something shorter in case the dogs had any issues. Both dogs did fine, and we all had a blast. Distance: 1.8 miles RT (3 km) Ascent: 884 (270 m) Elevation: 2452 (747 m)

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Hedgehog (sorta) Roostercomb Mtns

Hedgehog (sorta) Roostercomb Mtns

This was an extension of my normal jaunt to Rooster Comb, I added a jaunt over to Hedge Hog. The trail is easy to moderate terrain. Starting from Keene Valley you hike over wooden bridge from the parking area to the trail head register. You'll pass a small pond on the right behind the Keene Central School. As you veer away from the pond the trail climbs steadily to a junction with one of the routes to Snow Mountain Trail at around 0.7 mi. Stay right and continue a steady climb to another junctio

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Marcy and Skylight Mtns

Marcy and Skylight Mtns

We originally wanted to get Marcy, Skylight, and Gray, but ran out of daylight and time for Gray. We started later than we would have liked, but 7:20am wasn't so bad. We had the whole day to ourselves to enjoy. This would be the first time hiking these two peaks, and it may not be the last as they are two very nice hikes. We took the Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy (the most popular route), also known as the VanHo Express. This was the first time since they re-routed the herd path to Tabletop

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Saddleback Mtn

Saddleback Mtn

Derek had signed us in around 7:15am. It was an overcast day, which we knew from the previous days forecast which meant we expected little to no views from the summit. The temps for the day were supposed to be in the 40's, it was a good temperature to be hiking in. The trip from the garden parking lot is, or has become a monotonous march into Johns Brook Lodge, roughly 3 miles of gradual elevation gain over rolling terrain. We arrived at the rangers interior outpost around 9:20. We signed i

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Lyon Mountain

Lyon Mountain

The following is a pretty accurate description of today's hike. The dogs loved it, me too! The last time I had hiked this mountain was over 20 years ago with Larry Douglas, Bob Conway, my father, and I. We had hiked up and spent the night in the early 80's. Larry and myself are the only ones still alive. I enjoyed reflecting on that trip today as I meandered up to the summit. We left the parking area at 9:16 AM and followed the new trail. We were the first on the summit for the day at 11:17,

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Owls Head Lookout

Owls Head Lookout

I hiked this on 11-29-2014, a beautiful day in the woods. Cold or not, 8 degrees isn't bad when there's little to no wind. The dogs did great and I got rid of my cabin fever. From the parking area followed a dirt driveway for a short distance before dropping into the woods on the left. From here I hiked though a very nice mixed forest, crossing a fairly new foot bridge over Slide Brook. The climb is easy for the first mile to this crossing. Once I crossed over it began to be a steady climb to

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Rooster Comb Mountain

Rooster Comb Mountain

Almost a year since my last hike. Life sure did get in the way of my fun time. This is a nice little hike with some very impressive views up the Johns Brook valley. It's not a high peak at 2762 ft., but it is a rewarding hike. The trail starts at the parking lot south of Noonmark Diner off route 73, and begins on the flat skirting a small pond. From there is is a gradual climb through pines and then hardwoods. From the junction to hedgehog Mt it is a short hike to the open ledge of Hedge Ho

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