Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jay Mountain: 10/20/2014

Panorama from Jay Mountain's western summit, Monday 10/20/2014.

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I finally got the chance to tick Jay Mountain off my must-hike list on Monday. The 3,600’ peak has long been a favorite among experienced hikers for the panoramic views along its open summit ridge, but it remained relatively unknown because it lacked a marked and maintained trail. Until two years ago. That’s when the DEC opened a new 2.5 mile trail to the ridge. The new trail is certainly attracting more hikers, but Jay Mountain still remains a relatively uncrowded alternative to the more popular hikes elsewhere in the High Peaks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thomas Mtn and High Nopit: 10/11 & 10/12/2014

With family visiting for the weekend, we took advantage of two Lake George Land Conservancy preserves so that we could stay close to home base in Bolton Landing.

Nearby Thomas Mountain is my go-to hike for times when I've got just an hour or two to squeeze in a hike or trail run, and I headed up late in the day on Saturday with my brother to catch the sunset.

Sunset hike up Thomas Mountain, Saturday 10/11/2014.

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Last of the sun's rays illuminate the viewpoint ledges

The sun just about to dip below the horizon behind Crane Mountain

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mt. Van Hoevenberg: 10/05/2014

View of Marcy, Colden and Algonquin from Mount Van Hoevenberg, Sunday October 5, 2014.

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Years ago, when I was young and single, I was all about the High Peaks. When I finished my first round of the 46, I re-hiked many of my favorites, often via slides or bushwhack routes. If a hike was less than 10 miles and 2,000 vertical feet, I didn’t have much interest. I still love the High Peaks (and in fact am currently suffering from High Peaks Deficiency Syndrome), but hiking with my family in recent years has allowed me to discover some of the gems I missed. Like Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Buck Mountain: 09/28/2014

Lake George, from Buck Mountain's summit, Sunday 09/28/2014.

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As anyone who's been outdoors this weekend can attest, the fall foliage season has been progressing rapidly. Where there were just hints of color last weekend, the hillsides are now sporting brilliant yellows, oranges and reds.


Even though we only had Sunday afternoon available, it was simply too beautiful not to hike, so we made the 50-minute drive up to the Shelving Rock / Hogtown trailhead to hike Buck Mountain. The Pilot Knob trailhead for Buck may be more popular (I'll never understand why), but the route from Shelving Rock Road (4.6 miles round-trip, 1100' vertical) fit perfectly into the time we had available.