This weekend I joined my friend Skyler on his hike to Allen Mountain, one of the 46 high peaks. I hiked Allen back in 2014 and really enjoyed it so I tagged along with Skyler. We met at 4:30am at Exit 12, arrived at the Allen trailhead on Upper Works road around 6:15 am. We were hiking by 6:30. An early start is always good with Allen, as the total mileage is about 19 miles.
There is a brand new suspension bridge over the Opalescent River. Three years ago we had to wade across!
Most of the first 5.5 miles are on old logging / mining roads, which makes for a pleasant hike on a nice day.
The weather was predicted to be in the upper 80s! Rare for this time of year in the Adirondacks.
We reached the interior trailhead for Allen around 9:15AM. I decided to stop here and set up my Madera Hammock in a secluded spot and wait for Skyler to hike Allen. I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago and it’s still not in the best shape, so I had no problem waiting. I was selected to be Madera Ambassador this summer so I was so excited to finally set up my Azul Hammock!
The hammock was so easy to set up. You just find two sturdy trees, wrap the strap around the tree and pull it through the loop at the end and clip the hammock in. So easy.
The hammock folds into it’s own pocket, so it’s small enough to fit into a day pack.
I relaxed in my hammock for a few hours while Skyler hiked Allen. It was so peaceful.
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He got back around 3pm and we hiked back out. It seemed to go on forever, the the trail was gorgeous.
We got back to the car a little after 5pm. It was a long, but beautiful day in the Adirondacks.
Total Distance: ~11 mi RT to Allen Interior trail head Time: 9 hrs, including hammock time while Skyler hiked
I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. However, many things have happened in the past month since I’ve posted:
-I got a new job as an entry level dietitian (registration eligible!) at a long term care facility!
-I’m studying for the RD exam!
-I stayed at the Johns Brook Lodge and hiked Mount Haystack for the 2nd time on the Fourth of July
-I went to Norway for a 10 days (!)
-I hiked Algonquin for the 2nd time
-I hiked with 2 good friends for their 46er finish on Big Slide!
We had a beautiful day in the high peaks for my friends’ Jenna and Marget’s 46ers finish. Big Slide is such an awesome peak to finish on! It was my third time climbing it. We snagged the last spot in the Garden (luckily!) and started climbing!
There are such great views of the Great Range from the Brothers.
Woohoo! So proud!
Welcome to the club, Jenna and Margaret! From 46r #10007. 😀
Big Slide Distance 7.7 mi RT Ascent 3,087 ft Total time 6 hrs, including stops
Yesterday Skyler and I wanted to hike something big. Originally we were going to hike part of the Dix Range, but with some rain the AM forecast, I didn’t want to hike up the Macomb Slide, so we changed our plan to Sawteeth from the Ausable Club. I first hiked Sawteeth back in December 2013 with Jona, so it had been a while since I’ve been on this high peak. We pulled into the lot a little before 7am and were on Lake Road by 7:15AM. It was drizzling the entire walk in, thankfully we both had our rain gear!
As soon as we hit the bridge at Ausable Lake, the rain stopped and the sky began to clear. We hiked up the trail to Gothics/Sawteeth until reaching the junction at 9:50AM.
30 minutes later, we were at the summit! I forgot how steep this trail was!
There are nice views of the Great Range from Sawteeth. It turned out to be such a lovely day!
The hike out went by fast. We were back at lake road by 1pm and decided to hike to Indian Head on the way out. The views up here are spectacular! We got to Indian Head at 1:30, staying up there for about 20 minutes to have a snack and rest our legs.
I never get sick of this view.
Going down back to the road took a little under 30 minutes. Now we just had a four mile road walk and our feet were finally feeling the mileage. We got back to the car a little after 3:30pm where a cold beer awaited. It was another great day in the mountains.
Sawteeth and Indian Head Distance 15.2 mi RT Time 8 hrs, 45 minutes including stops Ascent 3,868′
A few of my good friends will most likely be finishing the 46 this year! Brendan and I were planning on hiking Dial and Nippletop today, but because it’s still mud season and the forecast looked grim, yesterday we called it; we decided to stay close to home and hike Hadley Mountain. We’re both sort of hiking the Firetower Challenge and Brendan hasn’t hiked Hadley yet! It was my third time up this mountain.
I think we got our latest start yet–arriving at the trailhead at 4:30pm. We weren’t concerned, as it was about a 3.1 mi hike RT.
We made it to the summit just under an hour! The late start meant we had the summit to ourselves.
It was a nice night for a hike!
Hadley Mountain Firetower Distance 3.1 mi RT Time 2 hrs, 21 min Ascent 1,518′
In other news, I finally completed my 46r “shrine”! Can you spot the cat silhouette in one of the picture frames? Too funny!
Memorial day weekend was jam-packed with Adirondack fun. Last Sunday was the Adirondack 46rs Annual Spring Banquet, so I made plans with Jordan and my parents to stay in Lake Placid so we could attend. Jordan and I planned on mountain biking Sunday, but the trails were a sloppy mess due to recent rains, so we hiked instead. There is still a mud warning for the high peaks areas (DEC advises to stay off of trails above 2500′–but a lot of people disregard these advisories unfortunately) so we hiked Little Crow and Big Crow mountains in the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness. The bonus of hiking these little peaks is that there are hardly any people on the trails because everyone is busy bagging high peaks. Plus, it’s on the list of recommended alternative hikes during mud season.
The trail to the Crows is located off of Hurricane Mountain Road, off of Route 73 in Keene. There are a couple options when staring this hike. It can be done as a loop, with a road walk at the end back to your car, or an out and back. There is also the option to hike part of the Nun-da-ga-o Ridge. Jordan and I just had time for a short hike since we had to be at the banquet in Lake Placid at around 5pm. We signed in and started hiking the trail to Big Crow. It was such a nice trail!
In about 20 minutes we were at the summit of Big Crow and had magnificent views of the high peaks.
Even though it only took 2o minutes, the trail is steep, complete with rock scrambling.
We followed the cairns down the other side of Big Crow, which was a little tricky since it was very steep. It might be sketchy if it was wet or icy! Thankfully it was dry!
Shortly after we were at the col between Little Crow and Big Crow, it was so pretty.
We hiked along the ridge to Little Crow, where we stopped and admired the view and had a snack.
The whole hike took 2 hours and 12 minutes, including stops. It was great!
Little Crow and Big Crow Mountain Distance 2.17 miles RT Ascent 917′ Time 2 hrs, 12 minutes
After the hike, we headed into Lake Placid to check into our hotel. My parents were already there and had been paddling on Lake Placid, since our hotel was right on the lake. Lake Placid is not to be confused with Mirror Lake, the lake right on the main street of Lake Placid, the village. Lake Placid is much bigger!
Jordan and I took their canoe out for a little bit–we had some great views of Whiteface!
After our paddle, we got ready and headed back into the Village for the 46rs banquet. There were over 700 new 46r finishers in 2016–myself included! 211 of us were at the banquet to receive our certificates. It was great to be awarded with an actual certificate after finishing the 46–I’m proud to be member of the club!
The next morning, we had breakfast at Generations Lake Placid, a restaurant right on Mirror Lake that my dad had recommended. I never would have thought to try it for breakfast–it was fantastic! The menu had an Adirondack theme to each of their meals.
And we had a great view!
Because it was raining pretty hard, we decided to head home–but not without a stop at the Mountaineer. The Mountaineer is one of my favorite stores, for good reason. They have so much awesome hiking gear! It was so crowded on this rainy day–what else can hikers do except drool over hiking gear if we can’t hike? We spent about an hour looking at packs for Jordan. He doesn’t have a hiking or backpacking pack, so he bought an awesome Osprey pack. We’ll have to put it good use this summer!