Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hiking Coney Mountain (Tupper Lake 1 of 3)

Coney Mountain

With beautiful weather last Sunday, we decided to head up to the top of Coney Mountain. Yes, it's a mountain. Yes, it's uphill most of the way. But it's also only one mile, and that mile isn't particularly steep. And the views from the top are 360 degrees of panoramic goodness.

As you can see, we didn't exactly have it to ourselves. That wasn't unexpected, given the nature of the hike. Still, it was totally worth it.

Click here to see a video of the top!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hiking Haystack (Saranac 6 no. 5)

Haystack Mountain

After our quite Hyde Park hike, and after a night in a horse-racing themed hotel halfway to the Saranac Lake area, we drove up to the Adirondacks to climb the next peak in our Saranac Six quest.

Haystack (not to be confused with the other Haystack, an Adirondack high peak) starts from the same parking area as the main route up MacKenzie, the hardest of the six. We set out not sure what to expect; it was a greyish day, and we weren't sure we'd have any view awaiting us at the top.

The climb is relatively easy from a technical point of view - not a lot of scrambling. The hardest part is crossing the stream below a dam relatively early in the hike. We enjoyed our new poles, however, as they provide a slight assist.

Near the top, there is a small ledge with a view. There we met a couple from New Jersey who were hiking with their Yorkie, who they are aiming to make the smallest Saranac 6er. He (and they) have one peak left. 

From there, it is a short distance to another viewpoint, not technically the top but very close. We were pleasantly surprised that despite the grey day, the view was not totally socked in. We enjoyed the view before heading down to a local brewery for dinner.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Hyde Park Walkabout

Winnakee Nature Preserve

J and I went to the Adirondacks this past weekend and did some fun hiking in the mountains, but we also sandwiched our trip with two easy hikes in the Poughkeepsie area. She had discovered the Hyde Park Walkabout, which rewards you for doing five local hikes with an annual patch.

Both of the hikes we did were about a mile long and mostly flat. On Friday, we went to the Winnakee Nature Preserve (above) for a quick evening hike. On Monday, we ended a rainy day with a hike at Val-Kill, Eleanor's Walk (below). Both of these are loop hikes through the woods - pretty and pleasant.

Eleanor's Walk

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hiking in Basha Kill

Rambling

On Sunday, the Ramblers took a long bus ride up to Wurtsboro to hike in an area that's generally hard to reach by public transit. After a road walk, we got on the Long Path/Shawangunk Ridge Trail, part of which is an old canal towpath, and which in this area is mostly flat.

We soon reached an area J and I had previously done a birdwatching stroll in, then continued on past wetlands.

Wetlands

Eventually, the trail heads uphill through Gobblers Knob State Forest. After leaving the forest, we proceeded a bit further before taking an old road to the Otisville railroad station.

Let's ride the train

Okay, okay, that's not the actual train station - it's a park in Otisville maybe half a mile before the station.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A flat hike in Harriman

Lake Sebago

"Flat" and "Harriman" aren't usually seen together, but last weekend's Ramblers hike was in fact mostly devoid of hills - aside from a long descent at the end. We started at Sloatsberg, wended our way along the western shore of Lake Sebago, and ended at Tuxedo. Along the way we encountered a nice creek, a second lake, and the Victory Trail, a trail I rather enjoyed for its wide, easy walking.