Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dippikill Mountain and Pond: 10/01/2017

Dippikill Mountain, Sunday 10/01/2017.

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We were looking for an easy, close-to-home hike on Sunday when I remembered Dippikill, the 850 acre camp just outside Warrensburg owned by the SUNY Albany Student Association. Dippikill's trail network is open to the general public, including a nice 4-mile loop that climbs 1600' Dippikill Mountain and circles Dippikill Pond.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cat Mountain: 09/02/2017

Cat Mountain, Saturday 9/02/2017.

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We spend quite a few of our summer weekends in Bolton Landing and end up repeating many of the nearby hikes each year. Cat and Thomas Mountains and the Pinnacle are all great short hikes, but among these Cat, in my opinion, offers the best views of Lake George and the surrounding mountains.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Blue Mountain: 08/13/2017

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We've knocked off plenty of the Adirondack "low peaks" on our family hikes over the past few years, but for some unknown reason we never got around to hiking Blue Mountain. With stunning lake and mountain views and a relatively easy ascent, Blue delivers a lot of bang for the buck.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rollins Pond: 07/15/2017

Our campsite on Rollins Pond, Saturday 7/15/2017.

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We’ve made it something of an annual tradition to head up to Rollins Pond for a weekend of camping and paddling, using the state campground at Rollins as our base. You can’t beat the campsites – nearly every one has direct waterfront – or the access to excellent flatwater paddling.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Giant Mountain, 06/03/2017

Giant Mountain, Saturday June 3, 2017.

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It's been a tough spring if you're a hiker, but we finally got out the first weekend in June. Daniel, our 13-year-old son, has been interested in hiking some of the High Peaks (both our kids have dozens of "low" peaks under their belts), and we settled on Giant for his #3 (he's already got Cascade and Porter).