Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Climbing (and a bit of paddling) at Chapel Pond: 07/18/2015

With a murky start to the day in Saratoga, we took a gamble on the weather and headed up to Chapel Pond. I guess luck was on our side because the clouds broke just as we pulled off Exit 30 of the Northway. I keep a mental short list of 4 or 5 crags in the Chapel Pond / Keene Valley area that are suitable for a family climbing session, and seeing no cars parked for the Gems & Jewels crag as we drove by, I hung a quick U-turn and pulled in.

Daniel climbing at the Gems & Jewels crag, Saturday July 18, 2015.

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A bit of climbing...

Beth paddle boarding at Chapel Pond, Saturday July 18, 2015.

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...and a bit of paddling

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hiking at Moreau Lake State Park: 07/11/2015

View of the Hudson River from Moreau Lake State Park's Western Ridge trail on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

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Family plans kept us close to home last weekend, but we managed to squeeze in a quick half-day hike at Moreau Lake State Park. Visitors come in throngs for the park's beach and campground, but many are unaware of the park’s wild side – nearly 5000 acres of rugged forest on both sides of a scenic stretch of the Hudson River.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hopkins Mtn and Mossy Cascade: 07/03/2015

With a 3-day holiday weekend, we knew the popular trails in the Adirondacks would be crowded. Indeed, the Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls and AMR trailheads were packed as we pulled in to the Mossy Cascade pullout along Rt. 73 in Keene Valley. Three or four other vehicles were already parked there, a relatively busy day for this lightly traveled trail that leads to one of the best views in the High Peaks.

Hopkins Mountain, Friday 07/03/2015.

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The view from Hopkins Mountain, click here for full-size image

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pok-o-Moonshine Mtn.: 06/27/2015

Taking in the view from Pok-o-Moonshine's summit, Saturday morning, 06/27/2015.

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Weather forecasters had been predicting a washout weekend for days, but as the details solidified it appeared we'd have a reliable window of clear and dry weather for at least the first half of Saturday. Looking to beat out the approaching storm, the kids and I got an early start and headed due north to hike Pok-o-Moonshine Mountain, the prominent peak visible from the Northway between exits 32 and 33.

Poko's fire tower