On this perfect weather Sunday, Leesa, Rev and I headed to Bolton, NY for a 2nd straight day exploring this area. Our first stop was High Nopit Mountain. The mountain features a southern rock face and we suspected some great views as well. We parked on Trout Falls Road at a point where the Lake George Land Conservancy Yellow Amy's Park Trail crosses the road.
We followed the yellow trail up the steep incline to the connection with the red trail. We turned left on the red trail, following it to the end at a nice ledge with a view of Pole Hill Mountain and a distant view of Lake George. Next we began a bushwhack to the summit of High Nopit Mountain, an additional distance of about 3/4 mile. This area is in a conservation easement and we traversed several logging roads. There were no posted signs anywhere on the mountain.
|High Nopit Mountain as seen from Padanarum Road|
|Amy's Park has nice trail maps posted at various points along the way, along with "You Are Here" indicators.|
|Padanarum Road at Amy's Park yellow trail crossing.|
|LGLC has many nice preserves, and Amy's Park is no exception.|
|We never skip a good ledge...|
|An early look at Lake George.|
|The ledge at the end of the red trail.|
|a zoom view of the lake while we bushwhacked towards High Nopit.|
|Leesa and Rev on the southeastern ledge of High Nopit|
As expected, as we approached the summit and the southern cliff face, the views were spectacular. The perfect weather didn't hurt either.
|Great view of Lake George from High Nopit.|
|The summit of High Nopit|
|Leesa, Rev and the "summit cone".|
|A "summit" cone.|
From High Nopit, we would see Pole Hill Mountain, Lake George, Crane Mountain and Gore Mountain among other things.
|Crane Mountain in the distance.|
|Crane Mountain (left), Gore Mountain (right)|
When we left High Nopit, we returned to the Amy's Park red trail and began a clockwise loop around South Pond and North Pond. This turned out to be a surprisingly delightful loop. The red trail led to the blue trail, to the orange trail, and finally to the yellow trail. All were beautiful. We especially liked the rock viewpoint on the peninsula of the yellow trail. We stopped there to eat.
|One of several beaver lodges.|
|We liked this rock ledge viewpoint on the yellow trail.|
|Rev was nudging me for food here...|
|Another beaver lodge.|
|Look out, here she comes...|
|The largest of many nice bridges.|
Hike Distance: 6.7 miles
Hike Time: 4 hours
Total Vertical Gain: ~ 1200'