This hike was a bushwhack loop hike over four small but nice summits located just east of the Jay Mountain Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks of New York. To access this area, we took I-87 north to Exit 32, then went west on Routes 12 and 20 to Seventy Road. We turned right to follow Seventy Road north to the dead end. A couple miles prior to the dead end, the pavement ends and the road turns into a seasonal road that is not maintained in the winter. We were fortunate that there was only about three inches of snow on the road, so we were able to drive to the end.
We hiked eastward in a clockwise loop hitting Mt. Fay first, followed by Blueberry Mountain, Carson Mountain and Little Fay Mountain. Fay has some nice open rock on the summit providing views to the east and south (on a clear day). We were socked in while on the summit. From Fay, we back tracked to the col between Fay and Blueberry, then continued east to Blueberry.
|The summit of Mt. Fay. Bluff Mountain in the background|
|Not much of a view on this day|
The summit of Blueberry Mountain lies in some thick spruce, but there is an open spot at the eastern edge of the summit that provides a view of Carson Mountain. We skirted south of the deep eastern face of Blueberry Mountain, then ascended Carson. Carson has great views south and east from some open rock.
|View of Carson Mountain from Blueberry Mountain|
|Blueberry Mountain from Carson Mountain|
|The summit of Carson|
|Rev, always on the alert|
|Little Fay and Mount Fay from Carson Mountain|
|The eastern edge of the Carson summit|
|Bluff Mountain in the distance catching a moment of sunshine|
From Carson, we looped south below Blueberry and headed for Little Fay Mountain. Little Fay doesn't have much in the way of views except of the rock on the southern flank of Mt. Fay.
|The south face of Mt. Fay from Little Fay|
We completed our loop by heading SW to descend Little Fay, then we looped northward to pick up our beginning trail just east of the car.
This was a nice loop to reach some smaller open rock summits. For the most part the walking was easy. There was about 3" of snow at the base and 4-5" on the summit.
Hike Distance: 4.6 miles
Hike Time 4 hours
Total Vertical Gain: 1735'
|Our approximate route (Click image to enlarge)|
|Our route as displayed at CalTopo.com (Click image to enlarge)|