Whiteface and Esther Mountains

Last week, I hiked 2 more high peaks. This time it was Whiteface and Esther! My dad and I hiked from the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, to Esther, then up to Whiteface. What a view. I’ve been to the top of Whiteface twice before via the road to the top, this was the first hike. And it could not have been a more perfect day, the weather was perfect and views were endless. Check out all the photos here. I’m not sure where the next hike will be, but hopefully soon! Enjoy some photos!

 

 

Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain

Big Slide Mountain

Thursday, my dad and I hiked Big Slide Mountain, the 27th highest peak in the Adirondacks. It has to be one of my favorite, if not my top hike I’ve done. Mostly because of the seemingly endless views. We started early, about 9:15, but that meant we had to leave at 530 am! Finished just after 5 pm, but we didn’t rush at all. All Trails said the hike was 7.6 miles, I ended at just over 9 by time you zig zag down and up the rocks. Just over 3000 feet in elevation gain as well.

Overall, not a terribly difficult hike, you do start the ascent from the start, and it does level out quite a bit once you get up there. We took the trail over The Brothers, and that’s where the amazing views started. I can’t emphasize enough how great the views are. Saw two snakes, which is two to many for me. Right before the summit there were some “stairs” that had been placed there so you could actually get up the rock, I am thankful for them, but I had quite the mental problem trying to go down them, but hey, I did it.

Now enjoy these photos. Check out the whole album here. Nearly all of them were taken with my new camera. I have a very nice Nikon DSLR, but it is heavy and not very portable. I purchased a Canon Powershot G9X Mark II, which is a great point and shoot, perfect for trips like this one and future ones, like London and Paris!

Big Slide Mountain
The stairs mentioned above.

 

Big Slide Mountain
Gothics Mountain is straight head, in the middle.

 

Big Slide Mountain
Pano from the Summit

 

Big Slide Mountain
View from the Second Brother

 

Big Slide Mountain
A close up of Gothics

 

Big Slide Mountain
View from one of the Brothers

 

I’m A Saranac 6er!

On Thursday, my dad and I completed McKenzie Mountain, which then complete our Saranac 6! McKenzie was one of the tougher mountains we’ve done, and there were plenty of rock scrambles. The views from the overlooks were stunning and made it all worth it.

The hike ended up being about 8 miles round trip with over 2100 feet in elevation gain. We started about 945 am, and finished about 4. We did take our time and went slow, the weather was just about 70 degrees and overcast – perfect.

Here’s the website on the Saranac 6ers.

After finishing the hike, we went to downtown Saranac Lake to ring the 6ers bell! It was a great feeling to know I had accomplished something like this. Here’s some photos from the hike.

McKenzie Mountain
McKenzie Mountain
McKenzie Mountain
McKenzie Mountain
McKenzie Mountain

And here’s the photos of the Saranac 6er bell!

fullsizeoutput_3c4f.jpeg

Next I’m going to work on the 46ers. Hopefully I’ll get number 3 done this Thursday with Big Slide!

Hawaii! What A Trip! The Beaches.

Well, I’m back from Hawaii. What a trip it was! Sadly, it wasn’t long enough, but when is it ever? There is just so much to share about this trip and the awesome things I did and things you should do for sure if you get a chance to go to Oahu!

I’ll start off with Waikiki and the beaches we went too. We stayed at the Grand Waikikian, part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The grounds were stunning, felt like its own city. Waikiki is a gorgeous beach, though always crowded. Going in October made the crowds seem a bit smaller, but still always had people there nonetheless.

Hawaii
Hawaii

One day, we drove around the entire island. We were able to check out a few different beaches and views. The first stop was on the north shore – Keana Point. You wouldn’t swim here, but my god – the views.

Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii

Following that, we headed east and hit up some other great beaches. We were able to see kite surfing!

Hawaii

Next we went to Makapu’u Beach, one went went too a few times. Stunning.

Hawaii
Hawaii

And the last beach I’ll tell you about – we got to watch surfers. Sandy Beach Park.

Hawaii
Hawaii
Hawaii

So there you have it. The first of my Hawaii trip! I still have so much more to share about it, stay tuned!

Adirondack Hike: Coney Mountain, take 2.

fullsizeoutput_2804Today my dad and I, and my dog Riley, hiked Coney Mountain. Sounds familiar? It is! I hiked this one earlier this month when I went solo, but there was no view due to clouds and rain. Today, it was brilliant out! Pretty toasty though, would have preferred much cooler weather.

Riley did well! It was his first hike. We’ve been on countless walks, many longer than today, but never anything with much of an incline. This was a 2 mile hike round trip, and about 500 feet in elevation gain, nothing too crazy.

Views were great! Riley seemed to enjoy himself too, especially the stop in Tupper Lake on the way home to cool off in the water.

I think this will be my last post before I’m off to Hawaii!! (Maybe oneee more before I leave, we’ll see!) We’re off Monday morning!!

All Coney Mountain Photos Here

Coney Mountain
Coney Mountain

Three More Hikes In The Books

I’ve been busy working, then hiking the past week! Can you also believe it is less than two week until HAWAII? But this post is about my hikes.

Yz2cautly5jbljphhkp0o-2esterday, I went on two solo hikes. They were not difficult, and one I have done before. Both were located near Old Forge, NY. Another mountain challenge I was not aware of is called the Fulton Chain Trifecta, this is for three mountains near Old Forge, turns out the first one I did this summer was one of them! The second and third were the ones I did yesterday. One of them I did a couple of years ago, but you need to complete the mountains after March of 2017 for it to count.

The first mountain is Black Bear Mountain, this was a longer hike, almost 5 miles. Views were pretty nice though. I had my lunch up there, all by myself, and it was perfect. Second was Rocky Mountain, a quick .5 mile hike up – and I mean up. I felt like I just hiked .5 miles of tall stairs. Also a sweet view! On the way home I took a couple of photos of the Moose River, the fall colors were too perfect.

Today my dad and I did Haystack Mountain, not to be confused with Mount Haystack which is the 3rd tallest in New York. This was about 6.7 miles round trip, and about 1200 feet in elevation gain, but by time you go up and down, it was closer to 1800 feet. Views were still nice, but not a bald summit. This was our 4th mountain needed to complete the Saranac 6er challenge.

Next week, we’re planning on hiking Coney again – the one I did solo recently, but this time there better be some views! Now, please enjoy some photos! (Check out the links for ALL the goodies.)

Black Bear Mountain Photos   |   Rocky Mountain Photos

Moose River Photos   |   Haystack Mountain Photos

Black Bear Mountain
Black Bear Mountain Summit
Black Bear Mountain
Black Bear Mountain Summit
Black Bear Mountain
Black Bear Mountain Summit
Rocky Mountain Summit
Rocky Mountain Summit
Rocky Mountain Summit
Rocky Mountain Summit
Rocky Mountain Summit
Rocky Mountain Summit
Moose River in the Fall
Moose River
Moose River in the Fall
Moose River
Moose River in the Fall
Moose River
Haystack Mountain - September 2017
Haystack Mountain Summit
Haystack Mountain - September 2017
Haystack Mountain Summit