My fondness for the Adirondacks began several years ago (more than I care to remember) when upon graduating from college I took a job in a little town in Upstate NY named Norwich. I now live in Bethlehem, NH where the White Mountains are almost literally at my doorstep, and as such, they provide a portal to outdoor adventure that is definitely more convenient than a 3 hour drive to the Adirondacks. Nonetheless, there is still a soft spot in my heart for the NY mountains, and therefore trips are made there as often as opportunities present themselves.
Over Memorial Day weekend, my wife and I had an opportunity to visit the Adirondack region. Although our trip was primarily for some personal business, there was time to fit in two tiny hikes, as briefly described below. Both of these hikes were new to me. This provided added enjoyment since exploring unfamiliar places is a personal passion of mine.
1) Rattlesnake Mtn (1,292 ft); 3 miles RT; Trailhead on Rt. 22, about 4 mi south of I-87 Exit 33 and 4 mi north of Willsboro, NY. (Click HERE for more details about this hike.)
2) Cobble Hill (2,332 ft); 1.6 miles RT; Trailhead off Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY. (Click HERE for more details about this hike.)
As is often said, a picture is worth a thousand words, and so I'll simply present a few snapshots taken during the course of these two treks and let the pictures "do the talking"!
|RATTLESNAKE MTN HIKE: Looking east over Lake Champlain toward high peaks in Vermont|
|RATTLESNAKE MTN HIKE: Another view overlooking Lake Champlain from one of many ledges on this mountaintop|
|RATTLESNAKE MTN HIKE: One of several picturesque corridors leading from one ledge to another|
|RATTLESNAKE MTN HIKE: Looking southwesterly toward Giant Mountain (large rounded peak seen directly over Long Pond in the foreground)|
|COBBLE HILL HIKE: At center is Mt. Colden (peak with several slides visible); tallest peak to its left is Mt. Marcy; prominent peaks to right of Mt. Colden include Wright Peak, Algonquin Peak, Boundary Peak, Iroquois Peak.|
|COBBLE HILL HIKE: Highly zoomed view showing ski jumps (foreground, just right of center) from the 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid.|
|COBBLE HILL HIKE: Zoomed view of downtown Lake Placid as seen from Cobble Hill ledges|
|Wild Columbine was in bloom on Rattlesnake Mountain|
|An Adirondack sunset|
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