The Crows – 5.28.17 and the 46rs Banquet

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.

Sunny Cove – Benedict style, Duck Trap River smoked salmon, artisan sourdough, two poached eggs, roasted tomatoes, fresh arugula, lemon caper hollandaise & seasoned home fries–delicious!

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!

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Prospect Mountain – 5.21.17

Prospect Mountain is one of the more popular hikes in the Lake George area. With a toll road leading to the summit, it’s an an accessible mountain with pretty views of Lake George.  It has a reputation of being one of the easier hikes in the Lake George area, however it is steep and might be a bit challenging for an out-of-shape hiker. With water and rest breaks it’s definitely doable for anyone.

The trailhead is right in the heart of the Village of Lake George off of Montcalm Street.

It took Jenna and I about an hour and 30 minutes to get to the top. From the trailhead to the summit is about 2 miles. At the top there is a picnic area and a parking lot.

We stopped for about 30 minutes on top to have a snack and walk around. The descent was fast! There was a lot of open rock to walk down which may be tricky in wet conditions.

Prospect Mountain
Distance 4.0 mi RT
Elevation gain 1,625′
Summit elevation 2,021′
Total time 2 hrs, 30 minutes (including stops)

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Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower – 5.13.17

This past weekend, I was up in Lake Placid for a conference (my first conference in the nutrition profession!) and was reunited with my old loves.

Iconic view of the high peaks from the Plains of Abraham

Mirror Lake

Heart Lake

Since I didn’t get to do any hiking while I was up for the conference, Skyler and I drove up to hike Hurricane on Saturday. There was rain in the forecast for the afternoon, so we met at Exit 20 at 7am, arriving at the Route 9N trailhead at about 8:30.

It is Mud Season in the high peaks, so DEC issues warnings to stay off of the trails above 2500 feet in elevation. One of the trails listed under recommended alternative hikes is Hurricane Mountain, one of my favorites. Hurricane is also a great warm-up hike for the season, with nearly 2,000 feet of elevation gain in the 3.2 miles to the summit.

The trails were dry (mostly) and in great shape.

The last time I hiked Hurricane, the fire tower was closed. They have recently restored it so this time I climbed to the top.

Hurricane has some of the best views, in my opinion!

Whiteface from afar.

We also beat the rain! I was a little concerned that we’d be socked in, but thankfully the weather held off.

Hurricane Mountain, via Route 9N
Distance: 6.4 mi RT
Ascent: ~2,000′
Total time: 3 hrs, 30 minutes (not including break on the summit)

Gear used: old navy running tights, tasc performance long sleeve merino base layer, Northface rain shell, Osprey Sirrus daypack, Kelty trekking poles, Keen Durand hiking boots, Smartwool hiking socks, 2L h20

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Sleeping Beauty Solo Hike

Last month when the weather was warmer I decided to get outside and hike Sleeping Beauty in the Lake George area. This was my first Adirondack hike back in 2008 (before I had a blog!) and I had been meaning to go back and hike it again. Since the weather was warm and it was a pretty short hike, I felt confident that I could hike solo! I parked at the Hogstown trailhead and walked the 1.7 miles to Dacy Clearing.

This road / trail is open to snowmobiles so there were a few snowmobilers driving up and down this road. It was pretty annoying. The snow was getting mushy and would have been a pain to walk in with microspikes so I wore snowshoes for the entire hike. There was probably a foot of snow off the trail.

I continued up the trail that leads to Bump’s Pond, eventually coming to a trail leading to Erebus Mountain on the left. I continued straight, hiking around the pond.

Eventually I came a trail junction. The trail went straight to Fishbrook Pond, but I took a right to go to Sleeping Beauty.   It was about 1.0 from there to the summit. The trail never got too steep!

I had the entire summit to myself!

I ate a couple bites of my lunch and then headed back down. For some reason I wasn’t thrilled to be up there by myself. Hiking with friends is so much more fun! Instead of going back the way I came, I took a different trail back down Dacy Clearing. It was 1.1 miles down and a little bit steeper than the route I took up. It came out right on the snowmobile trail I had hiked in on.

The sun was shining! It was such  a nice day. I didn’t see anyone else until I started descending, which was surprising. I think I saw maybe two people wearing snowshoes. Everyone else was post-holing their way up, ruining the packed snow on the trail. It’s so frustrating.

Sleeping Beauty Loop
Distance 7.6 mi
Elevation 2,160′
Ascent 1,287′
Time 3 hrs, 34 minutes (including stops)

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Winter Snowshoe to Camp Santanoni

A couple of weeks ago a few friends and I snowshoed to the Great Adirondack Camp Santanoni in Newcomb. For a few weekends every winter, they open the camp up for visitors and serve hot chocolate in one of the huts by the lake. The special thing about this Camp is that it’s only accessible in the winter by snowshoe or cross country ski! It is a five mile journey to the camp from the parking area, making it a long hike, but totally worth it! The views on the walk in were amazing!

You can see Santanoni from the trail. When we got there we checked out the inside. It was huge! So many rooms.

The walls were covered in birch bark.

 

The arrows were pointing in the direction of the hot beverages. This one had a can of coffee on it! We sat and enjoyed our beverages for a little bit before hitting the trail back out.

It was a very warm day, the snow was slowly melting all around us.

Camp Santanoni
10.5 mi RT
4.5 hours including stops

The next Winter Weekend at Camp Santanoni is scheduled to be March 18-19!

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