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nartrebLucky to find water  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2016


Started from the west trailhead, visited all the peaks and then returned along the top of the ridge.

Not as many open views as I'd expected, but an enjoyable trail with several little half-scrambles.

Brutally hot and humid day, I carried way too much gear and not nearly enough water. Luckily there's a spring near the middle of the ridge. The spot was fly-infested and smelled of dogs, but the water tasted fine and was blessedly cold.

Black flies got increasingly aggressive as the day wore on. I put on some DEET around 3:30 PM and they hardly bothered me after that.

Wildlife log: clintonia, claytonia, cypripedium (pink), trillium (painted and red); blackpoll warblers, white-throated sparrows, ravens, crows, hawks, one snowshoe hare (all brown except for white feet), one turkey vulture dropping bits of moose organs onto the trail.
Posted May 31, 2016 3:06 pm

racek2Great views on a clear day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2011
The multiple peaks along the ridge line provide an interesting series of views across the valley to Cascade mtn and the spur trail to the lookout point provided a panorama that was well worth the diversion! Didn't encounter a single other hiker, a good challenging day hike to save for when many of the other popular trails are busy.
Posted Aug 25, 2011 12:37 pm

ScAtTeRbOnEGreat Ridge Walk!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2011


Brutally hot and humid, nice breezes on the ridge though, many places to steal away and have great views in solitude along this ridge. Went East to West, hitchhiked back to car, swam in cascade Lake and then kayaked in Lake Placid afterward.
Posted Aug 9, 2011 7:04 pm

forgues9999Climbed twice
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 1986


Nice view of the drop to the road below
Posted May 1, 2011 12:11 am

dawson83flurries!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 8, 2008


windy, with flurries.
Posted Oct 28, 2009 8:48 pm

NarendraPitchoff  Sucess!


This is my favorite peak below 4k and much better than most 46 ers. numerous ways to summit inclduing some scrambling options off-route
Posted Dec 21, 2008 12:13 pm

MattGreeneTraverse  Sucess!
The Pitchoff traverse is an awesome half-day hike. Great views, great snow, and great ice.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 10:23 pm

sherpapeaksWest to East Route in Early Fall  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2007


We Climbed the West to east route from 73, nice hike but the cloud ceiling was at about 2500' so the views were about 20' infront and that was it. If you find that going up scrambling sections is easier than going down them, as I do, you may want to climb from the east (lower lot) to west being thta the western side is easier to desend. If you like to hike with dogs, you may want to think twice about this one. Other than that it is a great hike and alot of fun, I will do it again!
Posted Sep 30, 2007 3:10 pm

Bark EaterBeautiful spring hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2007

Bark Eater

Awesome spring day! Clear skies and no bugs. The ridge hike is great, with frequent views from all the numerous knobs.
Posted Aug 19, 2007 9:53 am

CookieMonsterClimbed from West 73  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 1990


Made it to the third summit and turned around back to 73.
Posted Jul 25, 2007 12:10 am

starship_jenWest Trailhead from Rt 73  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2006


Beautiful weather made for an enjoyable hike. Fantastic views and a gorgeous sunset!
Posted Nov 27, 2006 1:14 pm

James_WRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June, 2004  Sucess!


Nice easy climb from Cascade parking to summit. Views of Cascade are the highlight of the hike.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 10:33 am

Bill JirousekRoute Climbed: West TH on Rt 73 Date Climbed: September 2, 2005  Sucess!

Bill Jirousek

Fun climb with nice lookouts along the way. The rocky subsummit before the true summit was very cool. Great views of Cascade mountain & Lake as well as several other peaks. Windiest conditions I have ever experienced on any Adirondack peak - probably the last of Katrina blowing itself out. My dog was freaked out!
Posted Sep 6, 2005 12:56 pm

mt10climberRoute Climbed: From cascade lake Date Climbed: 07/01/03  Sucess!


We were crack climbing on owls head. got bored and went up the road and climbed pitchoff.
Posted Sep 27, 2003 12:15 pm

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