Today I took on Stewart Mountain (3602') in the Sentinel Range Wilderness with my dog Rev. It's another peak on the ADK Hundred Highest list. It's not a long hike, but it's rugged and it's not a mountain that you set a good pace on.
I was on the trail around 9:30. I parked at the small pulloff immediately west of the entrance to Whiteface Mountain Ski area on Route 86.
Almost immediately I saw my only small waterfall of the day. I crossed the brook here and climbed on the left side of the brook to the height of land where I came to an old woods road.
|This is almost within sight of the car.|
I followed the old woods road a short distance until it ended. I continued to head almost directly south, picking my way along the easiest route I could find. After about 45 minutes and one mile, I was at th base of Stewart. This next section was the steepest, thickest part of the hike. For about 0.5 miles it was slow going. I was hoping it would not be that way all the way to the summit. Luck was with me. The grade eased and so did the tree density. It still wasn't easy but it was better.
|A first look at Stewart Mountain|
About 0.4 miles from the top I came across an interesting rock formation that had rock walled cavity that could be walked through.
|The unnamed summit north of Stewart|
I began to get views of Whiteface Mountain (which was the only view I could find).
|Whiteface Mountain and Ski Area.|
After 3 hours of slow climbing I found the true summit. There was a tree with a small section of bark scraped off and a letter S caved in it for Stewart. Not a big reward for the climb but it was a nice day to be out in the woods. Temps were in the upper 40's when I started and about 70 when I got back to the car.
|The summit indicator.|
|More views of Whiteface|
Hike Distance: 4.4 miles
Hike Time: 5.5 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 2500'
|The route (click image to enlarge)|