Elev. at Start: 1480'
Elev. at Summit: 2665'
Total Elev. Gain: 1185'
Hiking time to Summit: 1.5 hours
Return time via Lapland Pond: 2.5 hours
Total Hiking Time: 4.0 hours
There were already about 30 people in 7 groups ahead of us on the trail, and we saw most of them coming out as we went in. We diidn't get started until about 1 PM.
We reached the summit and had a fantastic view looking north along Lake George.
|In the center of this picture, along the far (western shore) is Steere Island where I camped on 6/26/11|
|Leesa, enjoying the view|
|Looking all the way up the northern half of Lake George|
|Looking south towards the Narrows from the shoulder of Black Mountain|
|Our route is highlighted in blue|
As we approached Lapland Pond, we decided to take the short side trail to look for the leanto there. Shortly after turning onto this trail, Nick, who was in the lead heard a sound. He looked ahead on the trail, and there was an Eastern Timber Rattlesnake, probably 5 feet long and about 3" around. This was the first rattlesnake any us of us had ever seen in the woods. It had no interest in moving very far, and we just watched it for a little while and then turn around. We had no further interest in seeing the leanto! You probably have to click on the pciture and view it full size to see the snake. I didn't have a camera with a zoom, so I don't have a good closeup picture.
|Rattlesnake - moving from left to right. His head by the trunk of the tree|
After the snake, we made it back uneventfully to the car. The trip took us about 4 hours at our exploratory pace and was interesting, to say the least!