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.
It's a quick hike up the blue trail to the viewpoint ledges below Thomas Mountain's summit, and we arrived just in time to see the sun drop behind Crane, Gore and the other mountains of the southern Adirondacks that make up the western horizon. Just enough clouds remained in the sky to reflect back the sun's golden glow.
After the sun dipped below the horizon, we hiked the short remaining distance to Thomas Mountain's summit proper. There we could look out over Lake George in the shadows below while the western sky turned from gold to rosy pink.
Enough light remained in the sky that we could hike down the jeep road to complete our loop without headlamps. Total time to cover the 2.5 mile round trip was a little more than an hour.
On Sunday we explored Amy's Preserve, a recent (2012) acquisition by the LGLC that protects 500 acres of ponds and wetlands that form the headwaters of Indian Brook, an important tributary of Lake George.
I was especially interested in checking out the short trail up High Nopit, a small (1600') mountain that overlooks Lake George. The red blazed trail climbs around 500' vertical in a mile to reach the summit ledges. Now, I have to get this out of the way up front: I have no idea what the name "Nopit" refers to. If anybody knows the meaning behind the name of this mountain, please add to the comments below.
As you can see, quite a bit of color remains in the Lake George area as of last weekend. At least some foliage should remain for the coming weekend, but late fall is closing in fast. Soon (hopefully) the ground will be white and ski season will be upon us.