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.
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.
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.
Nice view of the drop to the road below
windy, with flurries.
This is my favorite peak below 4k and much better than most 46 ers. numerous ways to summit inclduing some scrambling options off-route
The Pitchoff traverse is an awesome half-day hike. Great views, great snow, and great ice.
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!
Awesome spring day! Clear skies and no bugs. The ridge hike is great, with frequent views from all the numerous knobs.
Made it to the third summit and turned around back to 73.
Beautiful weather made for an enjoyable hike. Fantastic views and a gorgeous sunset!
Nice easy climb from Cascade parking to summit. Views of Cascade are the highlight of the hike.
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!
We were crack climbing on owls head. got bored and went up the road and climbed pitchoff.