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Colvin and Blake Peaks

Colvin and Blake Peaks

Decided to take the day off and try, for a third time at these peaks. My son was also off, from school, and I just needed a reason to not go to work. I had tried these peaks on two other occasions, both times I didn't make it pass the Nippletop/Colvin junction. That would not be the case today. We signed in at the gate house at 6:45am, there was only one other hiker that signed in ahead of us going to Armstrong/Upper Wolfjaw mountains. Gotta love the Lake road trek. Its really easy to

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Seymour Mtn

Seymour Mtn

My son and I hiked Seymour mountain yesterday after getting a late start. We arrived at the summer trail-head and signed in at 8:18. There was one other hiker ahead of us that we would not see until we were halfway up Seymour we met him coming down. We easily bare booted to the first large brook crossing where we put on our micro spikes due to ice covered rocks. From there we left them on to the summit just to save time. This proved to be a good decision as we ran into more and more flow ic

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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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Wright Peak

Wright Peak

We had previously hiked this on April 8, 2004. It was a nice warm spring day, but still some snow and ice on the ground. It was Mark, Justin, Derek, and myself. The trail is a fairly easy trail that meanders upward, with not much for views for awhile. There is a nice waterfall that looks absolutely stunning when it is frozen. There were a few steeper sections just before the junction with the trail to wright Peak, and the trail that continues to Algonquin and beyond. There is remnants of a

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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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Phelps Mtn

Phelps Mtn

We had hiked this on February 21, 2004. It was Mark, Chris, Justin, Derek, and myself. It was an over cast day with snow flurries. I cannot remember what the temps were, but I don't recall being overly cold. The trail from the Loj was hard packed all the way to Marcy dam. When we had hiked this Marcy dam was still intact, it has since been destroyed by hurricane Irene, and the remnants removed. The Van Hoevenberg trail from the dam to the junction with the trail for Phelps was not as h

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Ampersand Mountain

Ampersand Mountain

Ampersand Mountain is another popular hike in the Adirondacks, and is part of the Saranac Lake 6 challenge. The trail-head is off Route 3 a little over 7 miles west of Saranac Lake, on the right is the parking area, across the road is the trail-head. When we signed in, we were the only ones on the trail. We would not run into anyone until we were well down and on the way back out. We were able to bare boot the entire way, but added micro-spikes at around 2,750 feet when it started to get i

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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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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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Dix Mt. via Round Pond

Dix Mt. via Round Pond

We started around 7a.m. the hike around Round Pond is a pretty one, continuing up to the first trail junction is a nice warm up hike. From here to the leanto is a nice walk in the woods crossing a few brooks and streams, we arrived at leanto at 11am. After crossing North Fork(?) the hike up to the slide is moderate. After arriving at the slide for 12p.m we had a pick-a-nic basket with me and Boo Boo. After we crossed the base of the slide, the real work began. We arrived at the junction with red

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Point Au Roche State Park

Point Au Roche State Park

I was feeling lazy today. My initial plans were to hike Spruce Mt. with some friends, but just didn't want to get out of bed this morning. So I texted them to see if they too would rather hike Rattlesnake Mt. in Willsboro. They were feeling lazy also, so we hemmed an hawed on a few different hikes. Long story short it was just me and the pups, and we headed out to Point Au Roche State Park. This is a very popular area all year long. I was surprised to have only run into two other people on th

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Cascade & Porter Mtns

Cascade & Porter Mtns

On February 1, 2004, Derek and I set out to hike these two mountains. Unlike the first attempt we were prepared to hike our first of the 46 high peaks. It was a beautiful day with clear skies and temperatures expected to be in the low 30's. It certainly made for a beautiful day. We started on the trail at 7:45am on a very hard packed trail. We had taken a few breaks along the way. At the intersection with the trail to Porter we decided to go over to Porter mountain first. We had hoped to be the

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Bolar Fire tower

Bolar Fire tower

Pipestem Tower located in Pipestem State Park, West Virginia was renamed “Bolar Lookout Tower” a dedication in honor of the sixth superintendent of the park, Steve Bolar Steve was a leader in the state parks system with a genuine understanding of park operations and public service. He was a mentor to many park employees during his career. Bolar lost his battle with a terminal illness in July 2009. The observation tower sits at 3,000 feet in elevation and commands a scenic view of the Pi

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Tabletop Mtn

Tabletop Mtn

We left the apartment at 4:45am so as to get a good head start. We arrived at the ADK Loj parking lot at around 6:50 am, there were a few cars already there, and in fact it looked like they had all spent the night in the woods somewhere because of the frost on the windshields. We did our stretches, signed in and headed off for Marcy Dam. It was a cool morning with lots of frozen mud holes along the way. The air was nice and crisp; I love this time of the day.We arrived Marcy dam at 7:50am t

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Giant Mountain

Giant Mountain

We arrived at the parking lot of route 73 at Chapel pond at 830am and signed into the trail head registry at 834am. It was just Derek and I on this warm November day. It was the day before Thanksgiving and there was no snow on the ground, today's high temperature was expected to be in the forties. This used to be unusual, but seems to be the norm now, weather wise. We meander our way up to the first lookout just below the washbowl and arrived at 09:19 am. We were passed by one hiker and he

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Indian Head

Indian Head

This is what happens when Colvin and Blake elude my feet. I had my goals set on Colvin and Blake, but my knee began bothering me, so i opted for something a bit less stressful to them. I had heard of Indian Head by a few people, and I figured, why not today. I had already done the long boring Lake Road trudge. This was a nice hike, a beautiful day to. Once on the ledges there are some beautiful views of Ausable Lakes and some of the Great Range, and Colvin. At just over 9.5 mikes round

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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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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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Macomb, Carson, Grace, and Hough Peaks

Macomb, Carson, Grace, and Hough Peaks

Yesterday, 1ADAM12, NUMNUM, Son of NUMNUM, and a gentleman whom we shall fondly refer to as "Other Craig" set off from Elk Lake a early o'clock with the Dixes in our sights. As with any proper hike, one person started off the day with the sentence, "Oh $%!^, I forgot (insert critical piece of equipment here)." This time, it was my turn. I forgot my nice shiny orthotics. After about 4 seconds of contemplation, I said, "Whatever, my feet will just hurt." We set off and made pretty good time t

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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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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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Donaldson and Emmons Mtns

Donaldson and Emmons Mtns

What a beautiful day we had, life is good! I had the privilege of hiking with HOL, and what an awesome person indeed. Our plans were to hike this via the Calkins Brook trail, go over to Seward, then back track to Donaldson, Emmons, and back to the Calkins Brook. We met at the trail head at 530 Friday morning, signed in and were off. The trail to Calkins Brook is a very nice walk in and especially nice on the way back out. We arrived at the cairn for CB around 630, took a quick break an

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Split Rock Wilderness Area

Split Rock Wilderness Area

November 26, 2011 This was another nice outing. There are various trails, we took Lewis Clearing Bay trail, and went to Snake Den overlook. These trails were moderate grade and easy to follow. Essex, NY Map

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Street and Nye Mtns.

Street and Nye Mtns.

We arrived at the Adirondack Loj around 8am. Today (Friday April 14, 2006) would by Mark, Derek, and myself hiking Street and Nye. We arrived to the trail head sign in at 820, and meandered our way down to Indian Brook, where we finally found a safe place to cross at 10:05. We made our way up to the junction arriving at 1:40pm after dealing with a fair amount of blow down along the way. It was a short jaunt over to Nye summit arriving at 2:00pm, with no views. After a quick photo

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Upper Wolfjaw and Armstrong Mtns

Upper Wolfjaw and Armstrong Mtns

Derek and I headed out by the St Hubert's trail-head where it looked like spring was arriving quickly. we got my stuff together and headed down the road to the Adirondack Club at 8:20 AM. There were just patches of snow around, but brought crampons and micro-spikes. After signing in at the gate, we walked the 1.76 miles down Lake Road where things were looking more wintry. Here we crossed over the river by the Beaver Meadows Trail to the connection with the Wedge Brook Trail. I put on my mi

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