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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday, 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.)
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.
Well, I made in on the hike! Wasn’t difficult at all, compared to the last one! We did Baker Mountain, located in Saranac Lake, NY. This is one of the Saranac 6, the shortest and easiest. My dad and I didn’t start up the mountain until about 2:40 in the afternoon, but it didn’t take us long. I honestly think we will go back to this one in a few weeks – the views of the leaves will be gorgeous.
The mountain summit is just under 2500 feet, and its about 850 feet in elevation gain up the mountain. Only .9 miles to the top, about 1.5 down when you do the longer end of the loop. There was only a couple of spots to see anything, the summit was heavily wooded, so you had to find little paths to get out to some rock ledges, where I was able to capture some great shots.
Next up? I’ll be doing Azure Mountain with my work group in under two weeks. As for the blog, I’ll post soon about my Indy trip!
We made it. My dad I hiked Ampersand Mountain today, located near Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. This mountain is one of the “Saranac 6” and was not an easy one! This was my 5th hike in the Adirondacks, third for the month.
I’m not in “good” shape by any means, but I am in some shape, I go to the gym, I go for walks with my dog, but I don’t run! This hike was not easy at all, it was manageable, but difficult for sure.
Just under 3 miles to the summit and over 1700 feet in elevation gain. The first mile or so was very easy, the second half – no as much. You gain nearly 3/4 of your elevation in the last mile, so it felt like you were walk up stairs for days. It took us about 2.5 hours to reach the top.
There were some rock scrambles, some tricky paths, but we made it. And what a view. We were able to see the eclipse from up there too! Some lovely people let us barrow their glasses for a few minutes to check it out.