Hiking Buck Mountain

I’ve made it a personal goal to hike at least one mountain per month! After I realized I had hiked at least once since August, I knew I could keep going to keep up my hiking fitness. Yesterday my friend Meredith and I went up to Lake George to hike Buck Mountain. She had hiked it a bunch of times but never in winter conditions with snowshoes. I have never hiked Buck before so it was on my list of hikes to do eventually!

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Conditions for snowshoeing the trail were great. We carried microspikes with us just in case, but kept the snowshoes on the entire hike…they were really needed the higher we got, the snow was still so deep near the summit!

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Following the yellow trail markers
We realized we probably over dressed when not even 10 minutes into the hike we were shedding layers. We were both down to our baselayers but the higher we got, the windier it got, so the jackets went back on. Before we knew it, we hit the “false summit”. Even though we had a little bit more to go, the views here were amazing and would be a great place to snack before you climb to the top.

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Looking down onto Lake George was awesome. Its still frozen over and covered with snow, it almost looks like an open field rather than a huge lake.

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A little cloudy, but still a great day and a great hike! I want to take my parents up here for a hike this summer, they would love it!

Buck Mountain, Lake George Wild Forest
6.6 mi RT
1,999′ ascent
2,334′ elevation

 

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