Showing posts from September, 2015

Big Slide Mountain (NY, USA) - 4,199 ft (1,280 m)

On September 27th, 2015 we were hiking yet another Adirondack 46er, Big Slide Mountain. I must say this was one of my favourite hikes of the Adirondacks so far. On the way to the top you have so many viewpoints like no other mountain in the Adk (at least of all the 30 mountains I have hiked so far). In addition, the weather was absolutely stunning.

We were 5 people in the car and left Montreal in the morning. There is the Garden parking lot just at the trail head (orange dot on the map). However, this parking lot costs 7$ and fills up pretty fast in the morning. There is a 5$ p.P. shuttle that drives to the trailhead from the Marcy Airfield 2.5miles north of Keene Valley. We made use of this option as the parking was full. Keep in mind that the shuttle only operates between 7am - 7pm. Check this site for more info on the shuttle.

We started our hike rather late at 9:35am. We decided on hiking Big Slide in a loop by heading straight up to the top and then back over the less steep but l…

Colvin, Blake, Nippletop and Dial (NY,USA) - 4 more 46er peaks

Agenda for Sept 20th, 2015:

Mount Colvin - 4,080 ft (1,240 m )
Blake Peak - 3,970 ft (1,210 m)
Nippletop - 4,610 ft (1,405 m)
Dial Mountain - 4,003 ft (1,220 m)

On the second day of our weekend hike, it was time for 4 more 46er peaks: Colvin, Blake, Nippletop and Dial Mountain. The day before we had successfully hike Street and Nye Mountain, read here. We pitched our tents in Keene Valley by the Roaring Brooke waterfalls. Very nice camping spot, 5min walk from the car and with access to water from the waterfalls.

We moved our car from the Roaring Brook Trail parking lot across the street to the Ausable Club Road parking lot. It's a big parking lot with toilets. From there we started our full day hike at 6:20am. The first 1/2 mile of the trail goes along the private road to the Ausable Golf Club, from there you hike for about 1.8 miles (3 km) on a private gravel road until you reach the 'real' trail path. On our agenda today was to hike all the way along the valley and Gill…

Street and Nye Mountain (NY, USA) - 4,150 ft (1,265 m) and 3,890 ft (1,185 m)

On September 19th 2015, we packed our hiking equipment and went on another trip to the Adirondacks. We left Montreal on Saturday morning at 7:30pm and headed straight to the Adirondack LoJ at Heart lake. On our agenda was Nye and Street Mountain, nr. 45 and nr. 31 on the Adirondack 46er list. The trail is not maintained but can be found easily. We had a Garmin eTrex 20x with us for tracking and checking the trail. We had to park our car near the overflow parking lot 1 mile from the visitor center.

At 10:20am we started our hike towards Street mountain. The trail rocky and follows along a river bed. After 9km and 3hrs of hiking, we were on top of Street mountain. The view at the top is not breathtaking as the mountain is covered in trees. After a short 20min decent, we hiked up another 15min to the top of Nye mountain. This was our 18th and 19th peak in the Adirondack mountains, 'only' 27 more peaks to complete the list. The decent was fairly easy and we completed the whole 18.…