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McKenzie Mountain

McKenzie Mountain

A beautiful day in the woods. A 7.2 mile hike via the Jackrabbit trail. We had attempted this same hike from Blodget Road to Bartlett Pond on February 7th but turned around after running out of time and energy. We (Derek mostly) broke trail from the road up. McKenzie Mountains elevation is 3,861-feet. It is in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness area, it is visible from many locations in and around Raybrook and Saranac Lake. Unbeknownst to me it was formerly known as Saddleback, this is because

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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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Ausable Marsh

Ausable Marsh

February 15, 2014 About 6 miles round trip from the first gate. Broke trail in snowshoes in about 6-10 inches of snow. It is well packed out now for anyone local interested in taking a nice hike. You will need four wheel drive to get to the first gate at the top of the hill. Dingo and I walked from there down through the marsh to the Ausable river and looped counter clockwise from the trestle. The only thing we saw was a rub and heard song birds. A nice little hike none the less with a 40lb p

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Mud Pond

Mud Pond

March 23, 2013 This a short hike at around 3 miles round trip. The trail is all gradual incline, at some point follows an old jeep trail for a short distance. It is an enjoyable hike meandering through conifer and hard woods until coming to Mud Pond itself.

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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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Mt. Marshall

Mt. Marshall

A nice crisp morning started the day. I'm not sure what the temps were but everything was still frozen solid. We signed in at 7am and tested the trail just beyond the sign in, and decided it was a go to use micro-spikes until Calamity Brook lean-to as it was a solid base. We switched over to our snowshoes to cross over flowed lands and they would stay on the rest of the day. The trail up Marshall is well packed out and any false paths are obscure now. As the temps rose the layers shed

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Mt Gilligan

Mt Gilligan

February 10, 2013 This was a nice little hike with Cindy and Brian. It was a surprise hike so to speak as they packed in cupcakes for the summit, and sang happy birthday to me. A beautiful little hike that has some decent views. Around 2.5 miles round trip Elevation gain of 713 feet.

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Gothics Mtn

Gothics Mtn

Derek, Mark, Adam, myself, and a friend of Adams set out to hike Gothics. All 3 off us needed it for some list (regular or winter season), or another. We parked at the traditional Saint Hubert's parking lot, where we began our hike around 5am and hiked up to the Ausable Club gate. The Ausable Club allows hikers and outdoor enthusiast access to the peaks through their property (no dogs or bicycles allowed). This is an agreement in place with New York State. It is a fortunate agreement becaus

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Blueberry Hill Trails

Blueberry Hill Trails

December 30, 2012 Beautiful snowshoeing with some nice views. This is near Elizabethtown NY. These trails are a system of various trails (30 of them) open to hikers, horses, bicyclists and even small recreational vehicles. The trail network is part of a local initiative to give the community and visitors a place for recreation. The land was donated to Elizabethtown by the Holst Family back in 1980’s. Many of the trails developed seem to get very light used making the narrower trails seem mo

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Mount Van Hoevenberg

Mount Van Hoevenberg

December 24, 2012 I had hiked this for the first time with Cindy and Jim, eventually going back and hiking with my son. From the beginning the hike is along an old jeep road through conifers and eventually hardwoods once you get down near the marsh. The trail is overgrown to the width of a foot trail. The trail used to continue straight, where what is now under water, even in the dead of winter I wouldn't recommend going across the frozen marsh. The three of us did, and one of us broke thr

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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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Baxter Mountain

Baxter Mountain

December 1, 2012 A group of us planned this hike one year for a New Year eve hike. I don't think any of us made the true summit. I realized this when I hiked this as I went a lot further than we did that night. It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to the first summit. It begins at a moderate grade as it passes under a power line, then there's a continuous climb over switchbacks for 0.8 mile, where the Beede Farm Trail comes in on the left. Going straight and work your way up a few steep s

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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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Little Haystack Mtn

Little Haystack Mtn

November 19, 2011 Not to be confused with the High Peak Mt. Haystack! This one is in Ray Brook and offers a friendlier climb. The trailhead for Haystack and McKenzie mountain is on the right, off Route 86 about 5 miles west of Lake Placid A pleasant walk in the woods until you cross an old man made dam. From here the trail begins a stead uphill climb until you get closer to the mountain where it becomes steep. Once you get towards the top of the shute the trail leads to an open rock fac

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Tongue Mountain

Tongue Mountain

Tongue mountain range, Lake George November 6, 2011 Brain and Cindy had invited me along on this hike. At the time I hadn't done a lot of hiking in the Lake George area, so this was all new to me. We went in at the Clay Meadows parking lot, that was near beside a small quarry pool. From the trail head we hiked straight up to the center of the mountain’s spine. From that trail junction, we went south over French Point which has some awesome views from its open ledge. We continued on towar

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Mt. Jo

Mt. Jo

This is a nice little hike. You can do the loop hike or as we did up and down same shorter route. The loop trip is a nice way to go down, nice and easy grade. The trail head is off Heart Lake at the Adirondac Loj which is at the end of the Adirondack Loj Rd, which is the first right after the ski jumps coming from Lake Placid. The trail descends gently from Adirondack Loj Rd down to a road next to Heart Lake. Turn right for 60 yards. and the true start of the trail to Mt. Jo. After 1/4 mil

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Beaver Meadow Falls

Beaver Meadow Falls

January 8, 2011 A nice snow shoe walk into the Ausable Club property. This area is absolutely beautiful, year round. The club is all private property, but an agreement with New York state allows access via foot traffic only, and no pets. The hike from the parking area, round trip is around 6 miles. Elevation gain was around 800'.

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Noonmark Mountain

Noonmark Mountain

Derek and I hiked this November 21, 2010. Noonmark is one of the higher mountains in the Adirondacks and is part of the Adirondack 100-highets peaks. The views from its summit are outstanding! a We parked at the Saint Huberts lot, then walked up to the trail head from there. This 3.94 mile, round trip, hike is over moderate to steep terrain. From the parking lot we walked up the dirt road for around 0.25 miles to the register at the trail head for Noonmark Mountain. The trail starts on

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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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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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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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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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Whiteface & Esther Mtns.

Whiteface & Esther Mtns.

We had started out at the Science Center at 6am. It was still dark so we used our head lamps, it was a nice and cool morning, at about 47 degrees. We got to the first lookout (Marble mtn?) just before the junction from the trail coming up from the Wilmington reservoir in time for the sunrise. I opted for this route and mountains because I was just getting back into hiking after having been operated on in April. I had two vertebrae in my neck fused due to a disc impingement on my spinal cord

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Nippletop and Dial Mtns.

Nippletop and Dial Mtns.

We arrived at the Ausable club trail head at 7am. It was just Derek, and I on this excursion. It was December 16, 2006 and we began our trudge up the Lake road. There is often complaints about this road, as it seems to go on and on and just seems like a monotonous trudge. I will say it is nice at the end of a hike to travel back down it as it really requires no thinking of where to plant your feet, unlike the trails where you have to step over rocks and roots. So basically you just put it in ove

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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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