Part of our epic Great Range Traverse. Brutally good times!!
Brutal hike. But well worth the effort.
Today was my first experience parking in Keene Valley. I knew it would be too late so I tried Marcy Field where a shuttle picks people up for $5 (Saturday and Sunday?) and you get a round trip to and from the Garden. I only had to wait a few minutes for the shuttle and got hiking by 9:30 am. The Garden parking lot was full at 6 am according to Gary from Tupper. I tried taking the south side trail but John's Brook was far too high so I bushwacked back to the north side trail and proceeded to John's Brook lodge (which is tiny) and crossed there. The trail up to Lower Wolf Jaw had some amazing slides! I met an experienced older gentleman and his lady (she had finished her 46 the previous day on Basin) and got some cool hiking tips. The guy had a patch for 46er, winter 46er, winter 35er, and he had hiked all of the peaks over 5000 on the east coast. I didn't bring my Nikon DSLR today because it is broken. I think I got it wet (from dripping sweat) and now it will not function properly. As a result my pictures are not as enjoyable as usual. I met some more great people on the peak later in the day. John the mailman had hiked the AT in 2000. I met a couple of young guys who had knocked off 18 peaks this season because one of them was going in the Army to be a 91Bravo which is no longer a medic....it is a diesel mechanic. Anyway I had a great day with little pressure..Thanks again to Gary form Tupper Lake previously from New Jersey for the ride out to Marcy Field from the Garden.....I don't know where the bus was but I would have gotten wet waiting.
One more completed! Great day and not very muddy. A few cool views higher up. Hiked in from Rt 73 Rooster Comb trailhead and over Hedgehog Mt.
Gothics - Wolf Jaws
Part of Gothic Climb.
Easy summit on the way across the great range. Big drop in elevation between lower and upper Wolf Jaw. Nice easy hike with a gradual climb.
Solo-I realize now the 46 HIgh Peaks will be challenging
Part of great range traverse
Summited the 30th highest peak in the Adirondacks after summiting its neighbor, Upper Wolfjaw. The trek up from the Upper/Lower Wolfjaw junction was very mixed. We had plenty of ice, rock, soil and wood encounters. This made it a challenge, but overall the trek up was easy. The summit was mostly covered in foliage, but there were spots you could peak out and see the surrounding valleys. Maybe not as nice of a view as its neighbor but still nice. We headed back down to Lake Road after descending Lower Wolfjaw. The trek back was pretty muddy, due to some of it following a brook. We had our fair share of slips on the trail, but made it back to St. Huberts intact.
Long, but amazing day.
Did the post-Irene Bennies Brook Slide, which was awesome. Very nice day hike. Though I recommend not doing when it's 95 degrees out like we did!
#16 and #17 of the 46ers were Saddleback and Lower WolfJaw with 2 longtime friends
Labor day weekend. Left St-Huberts at noon climbed LWJ, diner at JBL with a 15 min rain shower and camped at Slant Rock. Hot and humid day.
1st peak on a Great Range traverse. Met a few people on top despite arriving at 6:45am.
Nice short climb after doing Gothics, Armstrong, and Upper Woljaw. Mediocre view compared to the others but a nice summit to chill out at. I love these mountains!
January '08 - I'm never really sure I've hit this peak until I'm over it and looking back at it from UWJ.
Went up first after setting up camp; then tagged it again after doing Gothics
From the Rooster Comb parking area to Basin and down to Slant Rock along the Gothic Ridge.