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Scarface Mountain

The first half of this trail follows old roads over relatively flat terrain through coniferous forest and past rippling brooks. Eventually the trail begins a steady climb. Side trails lead to an open ledge with views overlooking Oseetah Lake and the Saranac Lake chain. The other views on the trail require some bushwhacking, and the summit itself does not offer a view. This wraps up my winter Saranac Lake 6 list. It was 16 degrees when we left the truck with little to no wind. Perfect hiking

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Baker Mountain

A short late morning jaunt. A bit cool today, temps were around 11 degrees in Saranac Lake with a 20 mph wind made it feel colder. We originally planned to do Scarface mtn, but with the bitter cold temps we chose something shorter in case the dogs had any issues. Both dogs did fine, and we all had a blast. Distance: 1.8 miles RT (3 km) Ascent: 884 (270 m) Elevation: 2452 (747 m)

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Hedgehog (sorta) Roostercomb Mtns

This was an extension of my normal jaunt to Rooster Comb, I added a jaunt over to Hedge Hog. The trail is easy to moderate terrain. Starting from Keene Valley you hike over wooden bridge from the parking area to the trail head register. You'll pass a small pond on the right behind the Keene Central School. As you veer away from the pond the trail climbs steadily to a junction with one of the routes to Snow Mountain Trail at around 0.7 mi. Stay right and continue a steady climb to another junctio

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Marcy and Skylight Mtns

We originally wanted to get Marcy, Skylight, and Gray, but ran out of daylight and time for Gray. We started later than we would have liked, but 7:20am wasn't so bad. We had the whole day to ourselves to enjoy. This would be the first time hiking these two peaks, and it may not be the last as they are two very nice hikes. We took the Van Hoevenberg Trail to Marcy (the most popular route), also known as the VanHo Express. This was the first time since they re-routed the herd path to Tabletop

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Saddleback Mtn

Derek had signed us in around 7:15am. It was an overcast day, which we knew from the previous days forecast which meant we expected little to no views from the summit. The temps for the day were supposed to be in the 40's, it was a good temperature to be hiking in. The trip from the garden parking lot is, or has become a monotonous march into Johns Brook Lodge, roughly 3 miles of gradual elevation gain over rolling terrain. We arrived at the rangers interior outpost around 9:20. We signed i

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Lyon Mountain

The following is a pretty accurate description of today's hike. The dogs loved it, me too! The last time I had hiked this mountain was over 20 years ago with Larry Douglas, Bob Conway, my father, and I. We had hiked up and spent the night in the early 80's. Larry and myself are the only ones still alive. I enjoyed reflecting on that trip today as I meandered up to the summit. We left the parking area at 9:16 AM and followed the new trail. We were the first on the summit for the day at 11:17

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Owls Head Lookout

I hiked this on 11-29-2014, a beautiful day in the woods. Cold or not, 8 degrees isn't bad when there's little to no wind. The dogs did great and I got rid of my cabin fever. From the parking area followed a dirt driveway for a short distance before dropping into the woods on the left. From here I hiked though a very nice mixed forest, crossing a fairly new foot bridge over Slide Brook. The climb is easy for the first mile to this crossing. Once I crossed over it began to be a steady climb

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Rooster Comb Mountain

Almost a year since my last hike. Life sure did get in the way of my fun time. This is a nice little hike with some very impressive views up the Johns Brook valley. It's not a high peak at 2762 ft., but it is a rewarding hike. The trail starts at the parking lot south of Noonmark Diner off route 73, and begins on the flat skirting a small pond. From there is is a gradual climb through pines and then hardwoods. From the junction to hedgehog Mt it is a short hike to the open ledge of Hedge

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Short Job Mountain

I've done this hike twice. I didn't even know about it until I had hiked it with Snickers and Bushwhacker one day (Thank you!). It is a nice little gem deep in the High Peaks, nestled near Johns Brook Lodge. If you find yourself in the area, and realize you just don't feel like a high peak but want to hike something, this would be that hike. Its a little hike to get to, to begin with. From the garden parking lot its about 3 miles to Johns Brook lodge. From there its a short jaunt of about .5 m

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Chimney Mountain

Indian Lake, New York Getting to Chimney mountain: Coming from Indian Lake, head south on Route 30 and turn left on Big Brook Rd after about 0.5 mile. Follow Big Brook Rd for 8 miles to end. The trailhead is on private property. Keep your dogs on leash and pay the $2 parking fee. The trail is well marked and easy to follow along. The trail has a gradual rise of about 900 feet to the elevation of 2,720 feet. Towards the top there are a few very short steeper section. Its approximately 2

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St. Regis Mountain

A beautiful day to be in the woods, and it was well over due. A 6.6 mile round trip through some open hardwoods, and some spectacular views. St. Regis mountain. is reportedly a popular mountain, but today there wasn't much traffic when I started. This hike is much like the hike to Scarface, a gradual increase with a short difficult section towards the end, but neither are overly difficult. I guess this is what makes these hikes popular. The trail is easy enough to follow up and over rol

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Bartlett Pond

Started off with a foot of powder at the Blodgett Rd, turned around at Bartlett Pond with 2 feet of powder. Not our intended hike of Redfield and Cliff, but when you wake up at 2am and cant get back to sleep, its a good replacement.

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Seward, Donaldson, and Emmons Mtns

We Bare-booted to herd path, then to base of climb. First 500' of climb are easier with micro-spikes than bare-boots. Next 500' is a toss up between micros and snowshoes. I noticed a down-bound snowshoe track from yesterday so put mine on. Above 3000' elevation I'd strongly suggest snowshoes. I didn't encounter the ice issues that folks on the 27th found. I believe the reason is because a light coating of snow overnight soaked into the wet ice surface and made it crusty on top. Good tractio

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Hurricane Mountain

A nice mountain with a fire tower that is starting to be restored. At an elevation of 3,694-foot near Keene north of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. The trail from route 9N was drastically rerouted since I last hiked this. This is an open peak which now has some pretty awesome views with the new re-route of the trail, whereas before the re-route you were in the trees until you scuttled up the rocks just before the summit. During the summer and fall of 2014 the trail was almost com

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Scarface Mountain

The first half of this trail follows old roads over relatively flat terrain through coniferous forest and past rippling brooks. It is a very nice hike overall, crisscrossing over brooks and eventually gradually beginning a short steady climb just below the first and only ledge with views. Side trails lead to an open ledge with views overlooking Oseetah Lake and the Saranac Lake chain. The other views on the trail require some bushwhacking off the trail once up on the ridge. This hike is probably

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Baker Mountain

Baker Mountain is a very popular and short hike as it is basically in the village of Saranac Lake, and is really accessible in the area. The most difficult thing about Baker Mtn. is perhaps finding the trail-head. From Route 3 I took Mckenzie Pond Road to Forest Hill Avenue on the left. Follow Forest Hill Avenue (aka, Moody Pond Road) for a bit over 0.5 miles to the Baker Mountain Trail-head which will be on the left at the north end of Moody pond. You will start climbing almost immedi

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Michigan 2014

2581.1 miles traveled. Spent $1001.00 for gasoline. 226.117 gallons 11.415 mpg   A priceless vacation. We seen 24 different state license plates, 4 different provinces. Removed 2 attached ticks (none on me 😀). We seen Deer (some Doe with fawns) , Red Fox, turkeys, Cranes, Hawk, Mink. Funniest quote was seen on a sewage truck that made us laugh. Seen on Rte 2 outside Escanaba "Turd Herder". Ah, the memories. Pictures.  

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St. Regis Mountain

May 7, 2014 A beautiful day to be in the woods, and it was well over due. A 6.6 mile round trip through some open hardwoods, and some spectacular views. Saint Regis is reportedly a popular mountain, but today there wasn't much traffic when I started. This hike is much like the hike to Scarface, a gradual increase with a short difficult section towards the end, but neither are overly difficult. I guess this is what makes these hikes popular. The trail is easy enough to follow up and ove

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McKenzie Mountain

A beautiful day in the woods. A 7.2 mile hike via the Jackrabbit trail. We had attempted this same hike from Blodget Road to Bartlett Pond on February 7th but turned around after running out of time and energy. We (Derek mostly) broke trail from the road up. McKenzie Mountains elevation is 3,861-feet. It is in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness area, it is visible from many locations in and around Raybrook and Saranac Lake. Unbeknownst to me it was formerly known as Saddleback, this is becaus

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Ampersand Mountain

Ampersand Mountain is another popular hike in the Adirondacks, and is part of the Saranac Lake 6 challenge. The trail-head is off Route 3 a little over 7 miles west of Saranac Lake, on the right is the parking area, across the road is the trail-head. When we signed in, we were the only ones on the trail. We would not run into anyone until we were well down and on the way back out. We were able to bare boot the entire way, but added micro-spikes at around 2,750 feet when it started to g

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Ausable Marsh

February 15, 2014 About 6 miles round trip from the first gate. Broke trail in snowshoes in about 6-10 inches of snow. It is well packed out now for anyone local interested in taking a nice hike. You will need four wheel drive to get to the first gate at the top of the hill. Dingo and I walked from there down through the marsh to the Ausable river and looped counter clockwise from the trestle. The only thing we saw was a rub and heard song birds. A nice little hike none the less with a 40lb

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Mud Pond

March 23, 2013 This a short hike at around 3 miles round trip. The trail is all gradual incline, at some point follows an old jeep trail for a short distance. It is an enjoyable hike meandering through conifer and hard woods until coming to Mud Pond itself.

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Upper Wolfjaw and Armstrong Mtns

Derek and I headed out by the St Hubert's trail-head where it looked like spring was arriving quickly. we got my stuff together and headed down the road to the Adirondack Club at 8:20 AM. There were just patches of snow around, but brought crampons and micro-spikes. After signing in at the gate, we walked the 1.76 miles down Lake Road where things were looking more wintry. Here we crossed over the river by the Beaver Meadows Trail to the connection with the Wedge Brook Trail. I put on my mi

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    • Isn't that the truth. Was very fortunate, and happy to be on the trails again. Thank you!
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      That is a beautiful hike, a lesser peak with excellent views, and hardly any crowds!
    • It was easy enough to follow and some very nice views along the way.
    • The trail is absolutely beautiful when I did it in October. I would recommend hiking it in the summer, fall, or winter, or late spring at the earliest. Generally I try to avoid trails in the spring (mud season) at least until they dry up a bit. After the winter and during the spring they are quite soft and can be impacted by hiker traffic. You'll have to let us know what you think about the trail when you do hike it, the condition you found it, etc..
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