On Sunday, Jordan had the day off, so he and I went hiking with my friend Skyler. I managed to convince him to hike a firetower that had been on my list for ages, Snowy Mountain. Located in Indian Lake, about a 2 hour drive North from us, it was labeled as one of the more challenging firetower hikes. This was perfect since we wanted to hike something challenging that wouldn’t take 10 hours. We got to the trailhead on the later side, around 11:15, and started hiking at 11:30.
The trail starts out very flat and continues along the Beaver Brook, making it an enjoyable hike. After about 2.5 miles the trail starts to climb steeply. It was wet, muddy, and reminiscent of many high peaks that I’ve hiked. Snowy misses the mark as a high peak, as it stands slightly under 4,000 feet of elevation.
The firetower is open, so you have the option to climb to the top for an exquisite view!
We found a nice rocky ledge to have our lunch on not far from the tower.
It had taken 2 hrs and 30 minutes to climb the 4 miles to the top. The last mile is very steep! It had been easier than I was expecting, though.
Snowy Mountain Firetower
Distance 8.1 mi RT
Time 6 hrs, including stops
Ascent 2,182 feet
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
In other news, I finally completed my 46r “shrine”! Can you spot the cat silhouette in one of the picture frames? Too funny!
“Conquering the 46ers” print purchased on Etsy.
Adirondack Park Silhouette purchased on Etsy.
Whiteface Mountain benchmarker replica and print purchased from the Mountaineer
Mini ADK chair acquired from a nutrition conference in Lake Placid
On Saturday my friend and I did a quick hike to Black Mountain near Lake George. The day started off nice, then it began to snow on our hike down from the mountain.
It felt like we were in a snow globe. The trail had a layer of snow on top of thick ice, making our Kahtoolas necessary, but an annoyance on the descent. The snow kept forming balls of ice under our spikes. It was my second time on Black and my second Winter Fire Tower! It was also a nice change to spend Christmas Eve hiking! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday.
Black Mountain Fire Tower
Distance 5.6 mi RT
Time 2 hrs, 40 min, including stops
I recently hiked Kane Mountain in Fulton County, about an hour and 15 minutes outside of Albany. It’s a nice little hike if you are looking to get outside and hit the trails. It has a decent view for minimal effort!
Jenna, Steve and I opted for the shortest route up and then took the longer trail back to make a nice loop.
There is a nice view from the top of the fire tower. I’d love to come up here for a sunset hike sometime. There is no real view from the summit unless you climb the tower.
There is a little cabin at the top that has been boarded up, but it seems people still go inside (and leave their trash behind!–which is sad).
Near the trail head there is a little pond and a creek.
Kane Mountain Fire Tower
Total Distance: 1.8 mi loop
The trailhead is on the left.