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!

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

Scarface Mountain Hike

Last week, my dad and I hiked Scarface. This is our 5th our of the 6 to complete the Saranac 6. The hike was not my favorite, there were almost no views, but we both knew that going into it. Unfortunately, this was more checking a box. Don’t get me wrong, we did enjoy the hike and it wasn’t difficult, I just love to see the views.

The hike was about 8 miles, and there was one overlook ledge. After that, it was another half mile or so to the summit, which was surrounded by trees and marked with a small white disc on a tree.

Scarface Mountain

Look on the tree to the right, about 3/4 up the photo and you should see the white disc. This was the summit. Nothing overwhelming, that’s for sure. And here is the view from the lookout.

Scarface Mountain

Even though it wasn’t much, it was beautiful up there.

We have one left to complete – McKenzie, which is the tallest of the 6 and the longest. Though, McKenzie does have views! I expect to complete this in the next couple of weeks!

After that, I’m off to complete the 46 high peaks. This is a goal I’ve set for myself – and I want it.

Winter Hike: Azure Mountain

Last month, I hiked my first mountain in the winter. I was prepared, and it was not a long hike at all. I hiked Azure Mountain, in the Adirondacks. The hike was only 2 miles round trip, and had a firetower at the top. The weather was a little chilly and overcast. Once we reached the summit, it was incredibly windy, we didn’t stay up for long. Enough to get some photos and enjoy the view.

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018

Being out in the Adirondacks made me wish for spring and summer, I cannot wait to get up on more high peaks this year! This mountain was not difficult at all, and honestly would have been cake if there wasn’t snow. I had micro spikes on, which was incredibly helpful going down. I only slipped and fell once, which isn’t too bad!

Here are some more photos of the hike, enjoy! (All photos were taken with my iPhone X, I didn’t bring my camera along.)

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018
View from the fire-tower

 

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018
Azure Mountain Views

 

Azure Mountain - ADK March 2018
Azure Mountain Views

Cascade & Porter Mountains

Last October I hiked my first 46ers. This is a goal of mine, to hike all the high peaks in the Adirondacks. There are 46. I’ve done over a dozen mountains. Both mountains share the same trail, they split just before the summit of Cascade, so when hiking these you might as well go to both!

We went on a crisp fall day, perfect weather for hiking. The views were simply amazing. Overall it wasn’t a difficult hike, about 7 miles round trip. Seeing these views has me dying to go out on another hike! Enjoy some of the photos from this beautiful mountain.

Cascade & Porter Mountains
View from Cascade
Cascade & Porter Mountains
View from Cascade, looking down onto the rocks on the way up.
Cascade & Porter Mountains
View from Porter
Cascade & Porter Mountains
View from Porter, looking at Cascade

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

Adirondack Hike: St Regis Mountain

My dad and I went on another hike today, St Regis Mountain. This is our third of the six for the Saranac 6ers badge. What a great hike it was! The views were stunning and the hike was relatively easy compared to Ampersand.

The first 2 miles of the hike are just a walk through the woods, you go up and you go down. It honestly felt like we lost all the elevation we gained. The trail was pretty muddy – but only in seemingly random areas.

We made it up the trail in two hours and back down in about one and a half. We spent about a half hour at the top having our lunch, taking photos and climbing the fire tower. The views were simply amazing. The leaves were changing, not peak yet, and provided some radiant color.

The elevation gain was 1250 feet, but by time you go up and down, I ended up closer to 1800 total gain. The whole trail was just about 6.7 miles, we were at about 7 miles when we finished. We went off course a tad bit on the way down, not even noticing we were off trail, as there was clearly another path people were taking, which wasn’t on the trail. We noticed quickly, thanks to the top maps and GPS and got ourselves back on.

Here is the best part – the photos!

And here are some of my favorites.

St Regis Mountain
St Regis Mountain
St Regis Mountain
St Regis Mountain

The Tupper Triad

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 9.00.10 PMI went on my first solo hike a few days ago. I went on two easy hikes, just over a mile round trip each and each was about 600 feet in elevation gain. Sadly, the weather was not the best. Low 50s with rain, which meant there were some clouds, so I there was pretty much no view to speak of. But, it wasn’t about the view – it was about me doing something slightly outside my comfort zone. There was no one else at the summit when I was there, and I only saw a handful of people heading down as I was up – and at then end of both hikes, I was the only car in the lot.

It was a great experience to say the least. The cherry on top was learning that I actually had done the three mountains in the Tupper Triad! Three mountains located near Tupper Lake. The three are:

  • Coney Mountain
  • Goodman Mountain
  • Mount Arab

I hiked Arab a little over a month ago. The other two are the ones I did solo. I sent out my info for my patch – my first one! I’ll be sure to share it when it finally arrives!

I didn’t get many photos, there wasn’t much of a view. But here are some of my faves of the ones I did take!

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