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Macomb Mountain – North Hudson, NY

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

The twenty first highest peak in the Adirondacks, Macomb Mountain is the furthest south of the major peaks. It is marked as the first of the Macomb, South and East Dix ridge walk.  It is relatively isolated in comparison to the other peaks. The views it provides are very similar to the views from East and South Dix.  It provides a good view of the Great Range, and a few lesser peaks.

While Macomb is commonly climbed by itself, it is also frequently combined with the some, or all of the Dix Range.  Macomb is one of the more exciting climbs on the Dix Range.  While the views from the summit are quite nice, the climb is what is especially memorable.

The most common route of approach is from Elk Lake via the Slide Brook herd path.  The summit is mostly wooded, but there is a large viewing platform that provides breathtaking views.

The trailhead can be reached by taking Rte 73 toward Keene and Keene Valley.  Continue onto I-87 South.  Take Exit 29 and follow Blue Ridge Rd toward Newcomb.  Continue for 4 miles to Elk Lake Rd on the right.  Continue along this road to the hiker parking lot.

The primary trail is 8 miles round trip, if you Macomb on its own.  Follow along the well traveled trail toward Dix Mountain.  Take a right after crossing Slide Brook.  This will take you through the Slide Brook campsite, and you will come to a herd path, which climbs above the brook through the forest.  You will descend to the base of the slide, which is mostly rubble and loose sand.  The slide is very steep and makes for difficult footing, especially on the trip down the mountain.  The upper portion of the slide can be especially difficult to maneuver, but the path soon returns to wind through the trees until you reach the summit.

Redfield Mountain

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

See the view from Redfield at 4:28


Located almost directly in the center on the Adirondack Park, Redfeild Mountain is the fiftieth highest peak in the Adirondacks.   Though the peak is wooded, it has a very large and dramatic summit which provides astounding views.

Because it is in the middle of the park there are several different routes of approach.  However, the most traveled route beings at Uphill Lean-to and follows along Uphill Brook to a large waterfall.  There are several waterfalls and watercrossings along the route, making for some very pleasant scenery.

To reach this route, follow Rte 73 toward Keene and continue toward Adirondack Loj Rd, located on the right.  Follow this road until it heads at Heart Lake and park in the main parking lot.  There will be a parking fee.

The hike from here is approximately 9 miles to the summit.  Follow the hikers approach trail to the High Peaks, which leads toward Marcy Dam.  From Marcy Dam, follow the trail to Avalanche Pass.  The climb begins once you’ve passed Avalanche Camps.  Take the left trail toward Lake Arnold.  The climb will be quite steep up the shoulder of Mount Colden, as you approach Lake Arnold.  Stay left at Lake Arnold and continue to climb to the top of the pass.  Here you will descend into a valley, which can be quite wet at times.  You will pass by Feldspar Lean-to and then come to a T-intersection.  The left trail leads to Four Corners, and south leads to Mount Marcy.  Take the path to the right, to Uphill.

The climb from here will be moderate, and can be quite wet up to the Uphill Lean-to.  Follow the herd path, which is marked by a cairn, directly across from the lean-to.  This is the beginning of the Cliff Route. The Redfield Route continues staight, after the Cliff Rte turn off.  You will walk along a very pretty brook, and will come to several water crossings and waterfalls along this path.  Make sure to turn around and enjoy views along the path!  The summit of Redfield is a large boulder, which offers some very beautiful views.

While Redfield is one of the more challenging hikes, if only because of its grueling distance, the view is well worth the hike.

Mt Van Hoevenberg Bed and Breakfast – North Elba, NY

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-File_BobsleighrunLPHidden between the pines and furs sits the beautiful Van Hoevenberg Lodge & Cabins.  This cozy retreat offers rooms in an inviting farmhouse or private cabins that make for the perfect hideaway, or a great base for your Adirondack vacation! Sitting outside Lake Placid, this bed and breakfast is far enough away from the traffic and tourists, while remaining close enough that anything you’d wish to see is right outside your doorstep.

Cabins offer great views of the Mt. Van Hoevenberg luge and bob sled runs! And the mountain’s 50 km of cross country trails are just a step away.  You could practically ski from your doorstep!

Cabins are small yet cozy, and offer anything you could want! The atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable, though rustic.  Surround yourself with wood floors, walls, as the smell of basalm pine wafts through the air.  Cabins offer a kitchenette,  bed. and dining area.   While there is WiFi, the lack of television and other unnecessary electronics make this a perfect rustic retreat, allowing you to truly get away from everyday life.  It’s an authentic mountain experience!

The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to get away from it all.  Its secluded location make it the perfect hideaway.  However, it’s still close enough to Lake Placid that you won’t miss out on any of the fun!  Its lack of unecessary amenities, like televisions, make it an authentic mountain experience.  No frills, no fuss, but a special, intimate getaway.  This is a place where memories are made!

Street Mountain – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Number 31 on the list of high peaks, Street Mountain is very commonly climbed with Nye Mountain.  The climb is markedly different than the rest of the high peaks.  The trails wind through hardwood forests of elm, birch, and maple, and trails are soft.  While the summit is tree covered, it is not with dense pine and spruce like most of the High Peaks.  The summit itself offers no spectacular views, but there are some very good views as you approach it.

Street was, at one time, one of the more difficult peaks to reach because of the lack of trails.  Climbers followed a web of tangled herd paths which we difficult to navigate.  The area has long been used by the National Guard, the Alpine Club of Canada, and the Boy Scouts as a training area for navigation.   However, many of the trails have now been standardized and the hike is now much easier.  It is now one of the easiest untrailed peaks to climb.   While there is still evidence of some of the herdpaths, if you stick to the main path you shouldn’t have much trouble finding the summit.  However, it is always a good idea to bring along a map and a compass.

There is a parking fee at the trailhead (Adirondack Loj), and all hiking parties must fill out a trip ticket, or risk a fine.  The best time to climb is in early fall, just after the leaves have dropped (usually in mid September), because your views will be wonderful.

The trailhead can be reached from Adirondack Loj.  Begin at the western corner of Heart Like and follow the Old Nye Ski Trail.  Follow this trail until you reach Indian Pass Brook.  You will need to cross the brook and pick up the trail on the other side.  From this point the path will wind along the brook that flows between Street and Nye.   The trail will take you through open hardwood forests, grassy meadows, and bogs.  After 1.75 miles you will reach an intersection between Street and Nye.  A tree is marked S (street) and N(Nye).  Head toward the S (left).  The summit is about .5 miles from this point.

Nye Mountain – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

Despite being only the fifty-first highest peak in the Adirondacks, Nye Moutain is considered one of the Major Peaks in the area.  Anyone who wants to become a 46er must climb this peak.  It is a significantly different hike than most of the other 46 peaks.  This hike will take you through open hardwood forests of maple, elm, and birch, and its trails are soft but not muddy.  While the summit is tree covered, and offers no view, of the trailless peaks, it is the easiest to reach.

Nye is typically climbed with Street Mountain, which is one of the more difficult peaks to access.  The summit of Nye was, at one time, equally difficult to reach because of the multiple crisscrossing herd paths that led to it.  However, trails have now been standardized, and the summits of both are significantly easier to reach.  While the summit of Nye offers no views, there are some very nice views along the path.

The trail can be reached from Heart Lake or from Adirondack Loj.  All hiking parties should have a trip ticket, or risk a fine.

Begin at the western corner of Hearth Lake and follow the Old Nye Ski Trail.  Follow the signs until you reach Indian Pass Brook.  Once you cross the brook you will pick up the trail on the other side.  This trail winds along the brook that sits between Street and Nye.  The trail will take you through bogs, forests and open meadows.  You will also have to cross the brook several times.  However, it is a fairly easy hike.

When you reach the plateau, you will reach the intersection of Street and Nye mountains.  There should be a sign marking “S” for Street and “N” for Nye (NOT North and South).  Follow this, and the summit is only a few hundred yards down the path.

Nye is a relatively short and easy hike.  While it does not offer views from the summit, the hike up to the summit is quite enjoyable, and offers its own views.