View from overlook on top of Sleeping Beauty Mountain, in the southeastern area of the Lake George region. This is a fairly easy and short hike with more than rewarding views. For the last weekend in October, 60-degree weather offered an excellent temperature to be out in the woods, and with the leaves cleared off the trees, the scenery was great all along the trail. These photos were taken with my iPhone 4 and slightly edited in Photoshop on the desktop.
Poke-O-Moonshine is located at the northeastern edge of the Adirondack Mountains just south of Plattsburgh. Recently, a new trail was built following an old jeep road most of the way, providing a gentler but longer climb than the previous path. It’s an easier mountain climb and worth the effort for the view on top. We took this trail up, and I was able to get some shots along the way. Here is an incredible overlook view from the back side of the mountain, looking toward the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. I’ll be posting the view from the summit itself later.
Memorial Day brought perfect weather to start off the summer mountain climbing season with Prospect Mountain in Lake George. Despite a few clouds, the view was beautiful from the top of the lake and mountains in the distance. Though the trail is rocky for most of the way, it’s more than doable as an easy day hike at less than 2 miles one way.
We spent yesterday in North Creek, a small town in the Adirondacks, with some friends. There were several free events for visitors, and our day consisted of a short guided hike with some ADK members as well as rafting down the Hudson in some chilly water.
The hike took us around some side trails on the edge of Gore Mountain, a popular ski destination in the winter. Plenty of trail systems allow for hiking throughout the year there as well. A few waterfalls along the way added to the scenery, but the most excitement occurred when a mother bear and 2 cubs appeared a distance ahead of us. I was thankful to be with some people who were experienced in the woods but also glad to be able to take a few pictures from a distance. Unfortunately, trees were in the way and I was just shooting quickly with the kit lens, but you can at least see the outline of the mother and a cub in the background.
In addition to the hike, I took a few pictures around the Saratoga & North Creek train sitting by the railway station. All in all, the day was a great experience to enjoy spring in the mountains.
Thin ice over a barely frozen lake during the mild 2012 winter. Moreau Lake State Park, Moreau, NY