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

Wolf Lake State Forrest Hike

Yesterday was the first really nice day we’ve had. It actually felt like Spring, and even Summer! (The day before was decent, I had to work.) My dad, my dog Riley and I went for a hike. We didn’t do a mountain, but did a loop around some lakes.

Here’s a view of the trail we did. We started at the parking area, and headed to Huckleberry Lake. This was a beautiful lake hidden out here. There was a lean to at each of the lakes as well. The trail was decently well marked, and in good shape. There were a few trees that had fallen we had to work our way around. Once we went past Huckleberry lake and headed to Moon Lake, we decided to just head back to the parking area on the loop instead of making the trek to Wolf Lake.

Wolf Lake State Forrest
Wolf Lake State Forrest
Wolf Lake State Forrest

Starting off on the trail back, we noticed the water seemed to be really high, and soon enough it had engulfed the trail. The actual markers were only inches above the water. We had to improvise and go above the water, but stay close enough to find the trail where the water was lower.

We were really off the trail, and it was a bit frustrating, and exhausting. We found the trail again and then realized the water was high due to a beaver dam! It was a tall dam, the water was pushed back about 8 feet high than it would have been without it. The next half mile or so was the same way, there were 4 more dams down the river that had messed with the trail, in some cases, I think the tress that had the markers had been taken down by the beavers! It was a neat site to see, I even got to see an actual beaver.

Here are some photos of the dam and the damage cased by it. If you look closely, in some of the shots you can see the trail markers either just above the water, or destroyed on the ground.

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Finally, we made it back to the car. Overall, it was a nice escape and a great way to spend a beautiful day outside. One week from tomorrow I’ll be on my way to Aruba!

Check out all the photos from the hike here.

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

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: Ampersand Mountain

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.

Enjoy the photos! And click here for the full album!

Ampersand Mountain - August 2017
Ampersand Mountain - August 2017
Ampersand Mountain - August 2017
Ampersand Mountain - August 2017

Adirondack Hike: Mount Arab

Two hikes in one week?! Today I hiked Mount Arab, located outside Tupper Lake, in the Adirondacks in New York. Beautiful hike. Though, it was a bit buggy and honestly the top of the mountain had a lot of trees, so the views were a bit hindered. There was a fire tower though, and the views from there were superb.

It was just over 2 miles total, there and back. Just over 2500 feet in elevation, about a 700 foot gain. The trail itself was much easier than Bald Mountain from earlier in the week. It was a muddy though in some spots. Not too hot either, which makes the whole thing easier!

Again, I took some awesome photos! Here is the link to the whole album.

Now to plan the next hike! Not this week, unfortunately my work schedule is a bit shitty – I have tomorrow off but have an eye appointment and then I’m not off for 7 days. #retailproblems.

Nevertheless, here are some of my faves!

Mount Arab - August 2017

Mount Arab - August 2017

Mount Arab - August 2017

Adirondack Hike: Bald Mountain

Kinda a last minute thing, but my dad and I went for a hike today! We went to Bald Mountain, just outside of Old Forge, NY in the Adirondacks. It was a short hike, about a mile there and a mile back. We’ve never been hiking together and I’ve only been to two other ADK mountains.

I took some amazing photos. The view was amazing and the weather was great. Took us about an hour and a half or so to complete, but we did spend sometime at the top. There was a fire tower at the top, which I did climb up, because why not?

I’m thinking there will be more of these hikes in the near future!

Here are some photos from the trip! Want to see more? Check out the album here.

Bald Mountain - August 2017

Bald Mountain - August 2017

Bald Mountain - August 2017