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    Alex Cameron reviewed Spruce Mountain Firetower

    24 days ago

    Pretty much what everybody else has said... this is a great trail for beginners that actually want to climb a little bit.

    Decent views of the Lake George peaks from the firetower. Actual tower enclosure at the top was locked...bummer. Trail is impossible to lose and is soft and dirty.

    Moderate climb from the get go and never too steep, but someone that's never really hiked or is really out of shape might find this tough.

    Only took about 40 minutes to ascend to tower and that was with a couple short 2 to 3 minute breaks along the way.

    Expect to see others on the trail if the weather is good. No bugs at all on 6/21/18, but some scary pitbulls on the trail growling, running at you, and barking. Not cool at all.

    Alex Cameron reviewed Owl's Head Mountain Trail

    27 days ago

    Moderate to easy, though small pooches and some kids may have some trouble with a little rock scrambling. For the most part, this is a walk in the woods with some climbing at the end, but nothing real serious. Excellent views. Will take at least an hour to summit, though if you're slow probably like 1:45.
    Lots and lots of tourist citidiots on this trail. Denim warriors with no trail etiquette abound.

    Alex Cameron reviewed Wright, Algonquin, Iroquois via Algonquin Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a long trail...my fit bit registered 34,000 steps and over 16 miles. That said, totally doable as a day hike, but be prepared for multiple ups and downs. And, for the record, I drank the last of my 100 oz. hydration pack water with probably 2 miles left on the trail. Trail is ridiculously well marked and it's basically impossible to get lost. There are people around here and there too, so if you have questions on distances or difficulties, you'll likely get the answers you require.
    Views are on a different level, even from Wright.
    I did Wright, then Algonquin, then Boundary, then Iroquois, then back, skipping Wright on the return of course.
    Couldn't find geo markers on any summit except Algonquin. Super windy. On what ended up being an 83 degree day, I left the Adirondack Loj at 6:30 when it was 45 degrees. Two hours and 10 min later I'm at Wright summit and my hands were freezing... it was that windy. I literally wished I'd had light gloves.
    Bring clothing to combat the high winds and possible low temps up top. You'll be glad you did.
    Some pretty sketchy rock scrambles on both Wright and Iroquois, but especially Iroquois. You'll definitely need to push yourself up in many, many spots.
    This is not a trail for beginners and I heard from some dog owners that their dogs were having difficulties with some of the rock scrambling. On your way to Iroquois the trail splits and there's a sign saying Iroqouis to the right...take it...it puts you on a super narrow herd path that will take you to Boundary and then Iroquois. No worries; you can't miss this sign.

    Be prepared for climbing, descending, climbing, descending, climbing, descending, and on and on. I spent maybe 20 minutes or so at summit of each (other than Boundary) and didn't arrive back to Loj till 3:30 but I wasn't hustling at all.

    Alex Cameron reviewed Blue Mountain Trail to Blue Mountain Lake Fire Tower

    about 1 month ago

    This was my final hike of the Indian Lake Challenge. Views are insanely cool in every direction, particularly north to the High Peaks. Absolutely loved the views...the rest, not so much.

    Downers about this hike: way, way, way too many hikers and a lot of them have zero trail etiquette. Super rocky with both small rocks and large boulder slabs. It's also chock full of tree roots. It's just not an enjoyable hiking trail to me at all.

    Must have been 30 plus cars at the trailhead parking lot when we finally arrived back to the car on a Sat. afternoon at about 1:30.

    Go early!

    Alex Cameron reviewed Pillsbury Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    Straight climb to the top after the first quarter mile...virtually no straight sections. Very muddy and wet the day I went so I took it slow. Views are awesome, but you'll see nothing if you don't climb the tower. They airlifted construction materials to the summit; the tower needs better wiring/protection...kinda sketchy. Don't know if I'd want to climb it if it were windy. No wind the day I went. I saw no one on trail at all on a Wednesday. Trail is super well marked and easy to follow, but the road in sucks and is really long. Drive a car/truck with good clearance and bring a bug net or wear some good bug dope.

    Alex Cameron completed Pillsbury Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    Alex Cameron reviewed Snowy Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Loved it. Not for the faint of heart or out of shape. Wear moisture wicking clothing for sure and trekking poles will help going up and down. Seemed pretty flat for at least the first half until I reached the first stone staircase (you'll likely recognize it) and then it's pure climbing till the top. It wasn't until I started descending that I realized how much I'd actually climbed. Only saw one other person on the trail on a Thursday about noon. Lots of great water crossings and of course the views are great. Tower is in really good shape except for one loose railing. No wind at the top the day I went. Awesome. Took me about 1 hr and 50 min to get to the summit. About the same going down as the trail was really, really wet and muddy as it rained a bit that day and the two days prior.

    Alex Cameron saved Mt. Van Hoevenburg

    8 months ago

    Alex Cameron reviewed Cascade to Porter Mountain Trail

    9 months ago

    Saw no children under 12 the entire day so that tells you what the expectations are regarding this trail. Must have been 40 to 50 cars in two lots and on the side of the road when we arrived back to the car after completing this hike. CRAZY busy trail; late October, Saturday, 65 and sunny is why. I'm told it's always slammed, so get to trailhead way early. Wasn't too bad for parking when we got there at 8 am.
    Easy hike, just longer-ish for noobs to hiking. This is a short trail with gradual ascent if you're doing 46'ers. Def make the right turn at the fork and do Porter (you'll know when you get there because you'll see the sign) first and do Cascade 2nd. Porter is fine for views but there's trees; it's not wide open there. Cascade is wide open for great panoramas. Porter trail was swampy so be aware. Fun to puddle jump and log walk on that trail!
    Wish people would leash their dogs. Found quite a few rude hikers to that wouldn't move over to pass or even acknowledge you saying hello; hey, that's the world in which we live now. I'm used to it.
    Kinda bummed about how crowded it was; tough to get good pics without a bunch of cidiots in them. Should have gotten there at 6 am I guess. And who hikes with a boom box with gangsta ramp bumpin? Thanks for the noise pollution moron...we're in the ADKS...respect!!!! This ain't Flatbush Ave.

    Alex Cameron reviewed Crane Mountain Loop Hike

    9 months ago

    Wow! Couldn't wait to leave a review on this trail! Best views I've gotten yet in the Lake George area (way better than Prospect Mtn. that's for sure. Also liked it better than Thomas Mt., the Pinnacle, Sleeping Beauty and Potash Mtns.). Ok, so there's no way to get around the rock scrambles if you park at the main trailhead. At the TH you can take the yellow trail to the left at the sign in (longer hike to summit, takes you to pond first before summiting) or you can take the red trail to the right at the sign in (takes you straight to summit ascending almost immediately as you leave the TH). Rock scrambles and rock scrambles! So awesome! Leave your trekking poles in the car; they'll do you little good and will just get in the way. You're going to need to use your hands for support in climbing the rocks, for leverage and that's it. You'll never be on your knees or do any cliff like climbing at all. It's rated as hard because it ascends quite a bit on both the yellow and red trails and because you have to use your hands to grab onto tree branches/rocks for support in your climb. This is by NO STRETCH a cliff climb so don't worry about that. Think Hadley Mountain but steeper, so you use your hands for support and to help push yourself up in a few spots. If you're in decent shape and don't mind rock scrambles, then you totally got this. Views are as good as they come and there must be 10 great spots for taking pics at the top. The pond is majestic and serene and some locals said there's a cave just past the pond, but I couldn't find it; dammit!!!! I'll try again next time for it. The descent on the yellow trail has tons of rock scrambles too, but nothing dangerous if you take your time and use your hands for support. I never once had to sit on my rear to slide down or anything. It's really not scary at all in my opinion. That said, the elderly, really small, inexperienced children, those with really bad balance, and doggies should prolly stay at home for this one. At the end of the pond, the red trail (which I took to the summit and down to the pond) splits into the yellow or blue trail (take the yellow to get back to the trailhead parking lot). You still have a ways to go once you join the yellow trail there at the split. No Portajohn at the parking lot and none along the way. Also, make sure you gas up your car in advance as I didn't see any gas stations from Warrensburg to the parking lot (about 30 min drive from WBurg).

    Alex Cameron completed Crane Mountain Loop Hike

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron reviewed Spier Mountain Trail

    9 months ago

    If you're looking for stellar views, skip this trail. However, if you just want to get out into the woods and do a longer hike, this is for you. Can't believe this is rated as hard. I did the western ridge trail (yellow markers-follows the western ridge along the Hudson River) and it's so easy. No rock scrambles and barely any ascent from the trailhead. Past one guy like 3 miles in that was walking his mountain bike; tells you how easy it is to climb to the top. This is an all ages trail for sure. Retirees can easily handle this one as well as small children and doggies. If you've done Hadley Mountain nearby or Sleeping Beauty, you'll laugh at how easy this trail is. Decently marked but mostly you're just trying to follow the worn path.

    Alex Cameron completed Spier Mountain Trail

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron reviewed The Pinnacle

    9 months ago

    Short and easy with several stops with park benches on which to sit if you need that. Straight to top with no stopping was about 20 - 25 min. Only about 6 parking spaces at trailhead and this place is popular, even on a Thursday morning in mid October. Lot was full. Amazing views and even saw 2 soaring eagles at summit. Awesome. This is a great hike for dogs and kids and those totally new to climbing or out of shape. Pair it with the climb to Thomas Mountain summit (trailhead is a 3.6 mile drive north) and you can easily do 2 different summits in a half day, both being super rewarding with terrific views. The cabin at the top of Thomas is awesome.

    Alex Cameron reviewed Cat and Thomas Mountain Trail

    9 months ago

    Only did Thomas. Easy 40 minutes to top from parking lot. Cabin is insanely cool and the views are totally picturesque. Went back down and drove the 3.6 miles down the road to The Pinnacle and climbed that, which was even shorter and quite easy. Two nice, small mountain views (with different perspectives) easily accomplished in half a day with lots of picture taking. Note: there's a rustic outhouse at trailhead for Cat/Thomas and at the Thomas cabin. No paper so bring some. Loved Thomas views, will be back to do just Cat.

    Alex Cameron completed The Pinnacle

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron added Hackensack down

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron added Up Hackensack

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron completed Hackensack Mountain Loop

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron saved Cougar Hill

    9 months ago

    Alex Cameron added Prospect down

    10 months ago

    Alex Cameron added Prospect Mountain up

    10 months ago

    Alex Cameron completed Prospect Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Alex Cameron saved Kipp Mountain

    10 months ago

    Alex Cameron saved Deer Leap Trail

    10 months ago

    Alex Cameron saved Morton Mountain

    10 months ago