Lake George

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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Black Mountain, Middle Mountain and Fox Hill - Hudson Gorge Primitive Area - 11/13/16

Today I was an accomplice to Spencer as he continues his trek to climb every named peak in the Adirondack Park.  Six of us set out on a traverse in the Hudson River Gorge Primitive Area to hike Black Mountain, Middle Mountain and Fox Hill before crossing the old railroad trestle over the Hudson River and finishing our hike on the Northwoods Club Road.

It was a beautiful day to be out and we took full advantage of the day.  The route turned out to be a good one.  We found several viewpoints on Black Mountain and a fine one at the end of the day on Fox Hill.  Middle Mountain didn't turn up any views for us, but it counted as a peak.  

The southern ridge on Black Mountain

Always first...

The prize view of the day... the mighty Hudson River from Fox Hill.

Rev's eyes are closing as we soak up the sun and view on Fox Hill.

Quick nap...

The group didn't want to leave this spot.

The Hudson River Crossing

She's heading home
Hike Stats:
Hike Distance:  7.1 miles
Total Vertical Gain:  ~1300'
Hike Time:  6 hours, 45 minutes, including multiple stops

Today's route... south to north

Bald (Rondaxe), Rocky & Black Bear Mountains - Inlet - 11/6/16

I spent the first weekend in November doing some exploring in the Inlet area.  It's an area that I haven't spent much time so I spent the weekend climbing some of the popular routes:  Bald (Rondaxe), Rocky and Black Bear Mountains. 

These are all short trails, but after checking them out, I would say that they shouldn't be missed.  Bald (Rondaxe) has a nice rock spine, and of course great views from the firetower.  Rocky Mountain offers an incredible back for the buck with great views after a 0.5 mile walk.  Black Bear offers several loop options and an expansive rock summit with distant views to some of the high peaks. 

Fourth Lake from Rocky Mountain

Fourth Lake form Rocky Mountain

Bald (Rondaxe) firetower

It's a shame people vandalize things like this.

View from the firetower.

The summit of Black Bear Mountain

Looking north from Black Bear Mountain.