Friday, August 16, 2013
Mt. Baker: 08/12/2013
The view from the summit is quite interesting and offers a different perspective of the High Peaks than other peaks we've hiked in the Keene Valley and Lake Placid area. Ampersand Mountain and other peaks of the northern Adirondacks are visible beyond Lake Flower, Oseetah Lake and Saranac Lake village, which lie at the foot of Mount Baker. Island-studded Lower Saranac Lake lies beyond.
Mount Baker has long been a popular hike, but it seems to be gaining even more attention recently with the establishment of the Saranac Lake 6ers challenge. To complete the challenge, hikers climb the 6 mountains that surround Saranac Lake: Baker, Ampersand, McKenzie, Haystack, St. Regis and Scarface. Baker is the easiest, McKenzie is the hardest. I don't know that we'll necessarily do all 6 peaks, but the Saranac 6er challenge seems to be a good fit for family hiking.