For an afternoon hike today, I was passing through North Hudson and I pulled over on Route 9 at an unmarked parking area on state land on the east side of Route 9 (just south of the Schroon River Cemetery). The goal was to wander on the east side and climb the un-named 1786' peak about a mile to the east.
The forest was a mix of white pine and hardwoods. The trees in the pine stand were quite large and really pretty. I didn't think to snap any pictures.
As I climbed, I decided to veer east of north to gain the lower ridge and then follow the ridgeline to the true summit. The ridge was somewhat nondescript, and still a mix of hard and soft wood.
|The summit of 1786' mountain|
There were a few spots along the ridge that offered views west to the ridgeline of Hoffman Mountain and Blue Ridge Mountain.
|The Hoffman Mountain ridgeline.|
At the summit I continued on the ridge, descending the SW ridge and hooking back around to the east to make a circle. In a nice hardwood hollow was a brand new beaver pond, dam, and house. It was obviously extremely new and I don't think I've ever seen one so intriguing. It was a pretty spot. My dog Rev waded around the water looking for the beaver but of course the beaver wasn't going to show with my dog around.
|One of many fresh cuts|
|Rev... looking for action.|
This felt like the kind of spot I could have just sat for awhile and watched for the beaver.
|I crossed on the new dam.|
|The beaver lodge.|
After passing through some more stands of large white pine on the way back I was back at the car. A second hike of the day with no views, but still a satisfying walk.
Hike Distance: 3.1 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~850'
|The route (click image to enlarge)|
|The Nat. Geo map|