Summited Big Slide Mtn. 4199' on a beautiful spring day. We parked at the Garden trailhead in Keene and hiked over the Brothers to get to the summit of Big Slide. The hike was pretty gradual, with some iced over sections in the shady areas, but otherwise the trail was much drier than I thought it would be for mud season. An easy mountain and a great day hike to stay in shape.
Summited East Dix Mountain 4012' during a 2 night backpacking trip in the Dix Range. After summiting its neighbor Sout Dix Mountain, we continued on the path from South Dix down to the col and the up East Dix Mountain. The summit provided excellent views. A nice place for a lunch break. We then retraced the trail back to the summit of South Dix Mountain in order to reach Hough Peak.
Summited South Dix 4060' during a 2 night backpacking trip in the Dix Range. We followed one of the many herd paths from the summit of Macomb Mountain down to the col between the two mountains. We then ascended up a large rocky ledge and followed the ridge to the summit. The summit itself did not have views, but a small rocky section provided a nice view. We continued on towards East Dix Mountain afterwards.
Summited Hough Peak 4400' during a 2 night backpacking trip in the Dix Range. After summiting Macomb and East & South Dix, we followed the trail from South Dix over a false peak before the final push to the summit of Hough, Dix Mountains neighbor. The herd path beat us up pretty bad, with trees and pine needles wacking us in the face constantly. We also postholed constantly in the 2 feet of snow. The summit was mostly covered in foliage. Hough was merely an obstacle on our way to Dix Mountain.
Summited Macomb Mountain 4405' during a 2 night backpacking trip out in the Dix Range of the Adirondacks. We left our campsite at Slide Brook and followed the heard path that was marked with cairns to the base of the first rock slide around 8:45am. We summited the rock slide carefully, using our ice axes and crampons on some of the iced over sections. We made it to the summit around 10:15.
Climbed Dix Mountain 4857' during a 2 night backpacking trip out in the Dix Range of the Adirondacks. After summiting Hough Peak, we bushwacked the heard path to the summit. The vegetation was thick and there was at least 2 feet of wet snow the entire way up, but we slipped on our snowshoes and made it up by 4pm.
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.
Summited the 29th highest peak on a nice, soggy Spring day. We started at St. Huberts around 8am. The trek up was scenic and warm about halfway up but it soon turned into winter. We postholed a lot and got fed up, so we used our snowshoes until we got the the Upper Wolfjaw/Lower Wolfjaw split. We then used crampons the rest of the way up to the summit. The trip was fun, yet had some challenging sections with ice and rock. The mixed climbing slowed us down but nonetheless we made it to the summit by 12:15pm. We then continued down and summited Lower Wolfjaw before calling it a day.
Summited Blake Peak 3960' on a cold, wet, and snowy spring day. We started from St. Huberts, making the long trek up and over Mount Colvin via the Lake Road/Fish Hawk cliff route that meets up with the Gill Brook Trail. From here Mount Colvin was merely an obstacle since we had previously hiked up it last summer. The trail down Colvin to Blake was very steep, icey, and windy. The trail up Blake was packed with wet snow, soaking our hiking boots full of icey water. Snow continued to come in as we made it to the uneventful summit of Blake. To leave we had the priviledge of hiking back up the steep, icey, and exhausting trail to the summit of Colvin, and making our 6 mile hike out from there, this time following the Gill Brook Trail. A very long, wet, cold, and tiring day.
Backpacked in from the Adirondack Loj on April 5th and spent the night at Lake Arnold. The Lake Arnold campsite was well above 3500' and very cold this time of the year. We awoke at 8:30am and summited nearby Mount Colden 4715' from Lake Arnold. The weather was clear and sunny, but still cold enough to require winter clothing and snowshoes. We arrived at the summit around 10:30am after climbing several false peaks. We headed back down the trail to Lake Arnold, melted snow for water, and packed up our tent and other gear. We made the 6 miles trek back down from Lake Arnold to the Loj with 45 lbs. of gear on each of our backs. The trip was quite the experience! Round trip we hiked over 16 miles.
Hiked Dial Mountain 4020' starting from the Lake Road Trail. Weather was clear but a storm moved in quickly and continued throughout the day. We started around 8am and finished around 3pm. It was a long haul but an enjoyable one.
Hiked Phelps Mountain 4161' early, starting at 5:30am from the Adirondack Loj. Trail was great and packed down so we opted not to use snowshoes. The way up was easy compared to many of the peaks I've done and was enjoyable after the difficult ascent of Mount Washington, NH last week. The view at the summit was spectacular, with clear shots of Marcy to the left and Algonquin to our right. Clear blue skies with a temp. around 38F at the Loj. A great start to the weekend.
Summited Wright Peak 4580' via the trail from the ADK Loj after summiting Algonquin and after an abandoned attempt on Iroquois Peak due to severe, hurricane-force winds (gusts of at least 80mph) inhibiting further travel on the unmarked and very exposed trail to Iroquois. Severe wind on Wright, along with the steepness and exposure towards the summit made it a very difficult attempt. We mananged to get next to the summit but could not clamber onto the large rock that marks the summit (5 feet from us) due to the danger of being blown down the exposed rock by the incredible wind.
Summited Street Mountain 4166' after our summit of its neighbor Nye Mountain. Weather was around 0 with a -15 windchill at the summit of Street, and while the summits view itself was not exceptional, walking further past the summit offered an excellent view of Algonquin Peak and Iroqouis Peak. Overall an excellent day hike of Street & Nye that took us less than 8 hours roundtrip back to the Loj.
Summited Nye Mountain on a cold, partly cloudy sunday in February. After arriving around 6:30am and parking at the Adirondack Loj, we headed up the Old Nye Ski Trail to the unmarked herd path and followed that up to the summit. The summit at 3895' was marked by a small yellow tag and unfortunatly did not offer a view of nearby mountains such as Algonquin & Iroquois due to tree and cloud cover. We then proceeded to summit Nye's neighbor Street Mountain.
Hiked Esther mountain 4240' via the unmarked trail to the Wilmington Trail from the Atmospheric Science Research Center off the Whiteface Memorial Highway. We arrived early around 6am, and when we arrived at the ASRC the weather was beautiful. We had to hike the smaller Lookout Mountain, and once we summited Lookout we could see Esther and Whiteface staring at us. We broke a path with our snowshoes since a snow storm hit a day earlier, piling about 3 feet of snow in our way on the unmarked trail to Esther. We made the summit early, around 10am, took a quick break and headed back down, occasionally glissading our way down. Esther was as a great hike overall.
Procceded to hike Porter Mountain 4059' after summiting and enjoying the view Cascade Mountain had to offer. We headed back down about 0.3 miles from the summit of Cascade and then proceeded 0.8 miles to the summit of Porter Mountain. The trail was very easy going but offered some challenges due to an icey trail and deep snow to our left and right of the iced over trail, not to mention our lack of microspikes/crampons. Regardless, the hike was very easy and after taking some pictures on the summit we headed back down Cascade and hiked the last half of the trail back to the Cascade Pitchoff on Rt. 73 in the dark (Glad I remembered my headlamp).
Hiked Cascade Mtn. 4098' as my first winter hiking experience. Cascade Mountain is by far the easiest Adirondack High Peak I have climbed so far. Started at the Cascade Pitchoff of of Rt. 73 with a friend who had never hiked before. The hike was an enjoyable one for both of us and we met some other friendly hikers on the summit and exchanged photos. This hike was particularly easy due to its low prominence, lack of recent snowfall, lack of serious scrambling and lack of significant steep icey sections for the time of year. While it wasn't warm, it wasn't very cold and there was almost no wind on the bald summit. We proceeded to hike Cascade's neighbor Porter Mountain after our summit, which was only about a mile away.
Hiked Sawteeth 4100' as my first Adirondack High Peak. Hiked in from Lake Road and then proceeded on the Trail to Gothics after crossing the river near the Lower Ausable Dam. Took us around 8.5 hours traveling a total of around 12 miles. The last 800 feet to the summit was still covered in at least 2 feet of snow and made the trip much harder due to our lack of proper equipment in certain steep and icey sections. The summit had a great view of Gothics but not much else. Sawteeth was a good first hike.
Hiked Mount Colvin 4057' after summiting Nippletop during a two day backpacking trip staying both nights at the Indian Pass campsite. Was much easier than Nippletop and had a less spectacular view but was well worth hiking that weekend.