Lake George

Lake George
Lake George - from Tongue Mtn Range - 11/11/2011

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Moxham Mountain - Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest - 8/14/16

I've been quite busy with house projects lately and haven't ventured outside the Lake George Wild Forest since the 4th of July!  Today I took a few hours to revisit Moxham Mountain.  I hadn't been there since August 2012 when the trail was first opened to the public.

When I was there last, there was no signage and the pink flagging was still on the trees marking the route.  This time a sign was present along with a parking and trail sign.  Note:  The  sign says it is 2.0 miles to the summit.  It is actually 2.6 miles.  That could make a difference in your plans if you are hiking with young children.

Roadside sign

Trail and parking signs

I drove through a rain shower just minutes before I started hiking and I expected more rain to fall while I was hiking.  Yesterday I got caught in quite a heavy downpour on Pilot Knob Mountain in Lake George.

One nice thing about this trail is that is doesn't have any steep sections; it is moderately steep at best and it has a couple short downhill sections.  Another nice feature is that it offers a few views along the way, including one nice view of the summit.   

I got to within 10 minutes of the summit before the rain resumed; fortunately it stayed on the light side and while I was under tree cover I stayed relatively dry.

Rain clouds coming in.

A nice view of the summit.

Rev on the summit.

On the summit are several USGS marker along with bolts from an old survey station.

The rain stopped soon after I left the summit and the sun actually made an appearance for a little while on the way down.  

Hike Stats:

Hike Distance:  5.2 miles
HIke Time:  2 hours,  10 minutes
Total Vertical Gain:  ~ 1000'   

The trail

Monday, July 4, 2016

Palmer Pond Hill - Hoffman Notch Wilderness - 7/4/16

For an Independence Day hike I chose a place that I was almost certain would have no other visitors on this day.  In fact, the hill I chose doesn't even have a name.  I call it Palmer Pond Hill since it lies immediately south of Palmer Pond.  If you haven't heard of Palmer Pond, it is immediately west of I87 Exit 29.

The best way to get to this unnamed hill, however, is to take an old jeep road off Route 9 in North Hudson west to the Schroon River.  At the river, you have to wade across.  It was calf deep or less on this day.  The next thing to do is find the culvert under I87 designed for walking; it takes a little effort since it sees very little use.   I've done this bushwhack before so I knew where to look for the culvert.    

The walking culvert in North Hudson.

Once through the culvert Leesa and I turned north for a short distance to get to the base of the ridge that leads west up to the top of the hill.  The climb is beautiful, but it does have two very steep parts, one at the base of the ridge, and one just before the summit.

The ridge is graced with a red pine forest and lots of ledges and rock to scramble up or around.

An early look SW to Schroon Lake.

A zoom view of Schroon Lake.

A good look at the southern portion of the Dix Range.

This hike is only 5.2 miles roundtrip, but allow 4-5 hours for this trip.  You can perhaps do it faster, but you won't want to.  The summit is a beautiful open rock promenade that faces west.  Views are expansive, from Schroon Lake to the SW, all the way to high peaks to the north.

Leesa had not been to this fascinating summit before, hence my selection of this location for our Independence Day hike.  The breezes and views were as great as my first visit here.  We stayed on top much longer than we normally stay on a summit.
One of the ledges near the summit. 

Another view of  Schroon Lake.

The Adirondack Buffalo Company is in the distance.

On the way out the Schroon River crossing was nice on the feet.

The Schroon River

I imagine I'll be back to this place again in the future.  It's high on my list of short bushwhack destinations.

Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  5.2 miles
Hike Time:  4.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain:  ~1500'

The Route.

The route on the NG topo.