Hiking Lower Wolfjaw Mountain

I took the day off from work on Friday to hike with Christine. Since Brendan and I didn’t hike Lower Wolfjaw when he hiked Gothics, Armstrong and Upper Wolfjaw, we decided it would be an “easy” peak to tackle on its own. We left Albany around 7 and  parked at the Ausable Club lot headed in via the White Trail at around 9am.

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The trail was soft and not rocky which was nice on the feet. However, it was steep! It was straight up for almost the entire trip up.

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Just a heads up, there were many random trails leading to nowhere during the hike–we made sure to pay attention and look for trail markers. They were few and far between!

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I didn’t think there was going to be many views on LWJ, but turns out I was wrong! We had a nice view of Noonmark.

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The Valley

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But we weren’t at the top quite yet. There was one steep section but it wasn’t too bad. Its nice when there are a lot of tree roots to grab onto on the way up. I’m getting better at this part.

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It took us about 3.5 hours to get to the summit-we got there around 12:30. And now I’m officially halfway done with the 46 high peaks!

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We stopped on the top for lunch and chatted with some other hikers. Many of which were hiking the Lower Great Range.

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It was a nice day in the high peaks. I have been spending a lot of time in the mountains lately. I’m extremely thankful that I’m physically able to hike these mountains and I know how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful area! I’m also thankful for all the friends I’ve made thus far in my hiking journey. Hiking the high peaks is more to me than just checking peaks off a list. I love that I get to experience the Adirondack wilderness and spend time outdoors all day doing something I love, in a place I love.

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau

Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
Distance 9.1 mi RT from trailhead, 10.5 mi RT from parking lot
Total hike time 7 hours including stops
Elevation 4173′
Elevation gain 3,032′
23/46

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