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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Adirondack Hike: Baker Mountain

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!

Check out all the photos here! And here are some faves:

Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017
Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017
Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017
Baker Mountain - ADK - September 2017

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

Adirondacks: Whiteface Mountain

Hey world, I’m back. I have a lot to share with you about my life in general, but a few days ago my dad and I drove out to Lake Placid and went to Whiteface Mountain. Unfortunately, we didn’t hike the whole thing – honestly, it is way above our experience level. There is a road, called the Veterans Memorial Highway that you can drive up to almost the summit. It’s about 5 miles long?

The road takes you to about 4600 feet in elevation, then you can hike the last 200 feet in elevation to the summit. It is about .25 miles, it was not a hard hike my any means, a little tricky in places. But the view was spectacular.

When we first arrived at the bottom, the attendant told us there was no visibility from the top, but we already drove three hours to get there, so we weren’t turning around now. Took us a few minutes to drive to the top, maybe 10 or so. When we got there, we were greeted by clouds, literally being in the clouds. We were so high in elevation that our view was blocked because there were clouds.

We set out for the quick walk to the top and slowly the clouds started to fade away and we were greeted with a magnificent view. Photos do not do this justice!
Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks

Please check out the entire album here. 

There are some amazing shots. I’ll share my faves here. We’re off to another hike on Monday!

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks
This is looking up from the trail, you can see the summit, there are two buildings, one for data collection the second has information on the mountain.

 

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks
Here is a shot of the highway you can take to the top.

 

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks
Here is a view of the beginning part of the walkway, a nice set of stone stairs before to start walking up some rocks.