This weekend I joined my friend Skyler on his hike to Allen Mountain, one of the 46 high peaks. I hiked Allen back in 2014 and really enjoyed it so I tagged along with Skyler. We met at 4:30am at Exit 12, arrived at the Allen trailhead on Upper Works road around 6:15 am. We were hiking by 6:30. An early start is always good with Allen, as the total mileage is about 19 miles.
There is a brand new suspension bridge over the Opalescent River. Three years ago we had to wade across!
Most of the first 5.5 miles are on old logging / mining roads, which makes for a pleasant hike on a nice day.
The weather was predicted to be in the upper 80s! Rare for this time of year in the Adirondacks.
We reached the interior trailhead for Allen around 9:15AM. I decided to stop here and set up my Madera Hammock in a secluded spot and wait for Skyler to hike Allen. I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago and it’s still not in the best shape, so I had no problem waiting. I was selected to be Madera Ambassador this summer so I was so excited to finally set up my Azul Hammock!
The hammock was so easy to set up. You just find two sturdy trees, wrap the strap around the tree and pull it through the loop at the end and clip the hammock in. So easy.
The hammock folds into it’s own pocket, so it’s small enough to fit into a day pack.
I relaxed in my hammock for a few hours while Skyler hiked Allen. It was so peaceful.
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He got back around 3pm and we hiked back out. It seemed to go on forever, the the trail was gorgeous.
We got back to the car a little after 5pm. It was a long, but beautiful day in the Adirondacks.
Total Distance: ~11 mi RT to Allen Interior trail head
Time: 9 hrs, including hammock time while Skyler hiked