Last month when my sister came up from NJ for her birthday weekend in Lake Placid, she wanted to do an easy hike with great views. I suggested Mount VanHoevenberg! It was only about 4 miles RT and boasted great views of the high peaks. The trailhead is located on South Meadows Rd, which is a dirt road off of Loj Road in Lake Placid. There were cars lined up along Loj Road (busy day in the high peaks, I guess), but there weren’t many on South Meadows. We parked, met up with my parents who were joining us for the hike, and set off!
The trail starts out easy. It curves around a pond and then starts to climb. It wasn’t ever too steep.
It took us about 2 hours to get to the summit. It was a cloudy day, but there were still some great views! It must be incredible on a clear day. If I were hiking my usual hiking speed, I probably could have summited in an hour.
Overall, it was a fantastic hike! I would highly recommend it to anyone just starting out, or if you are looking for an easy, quick hike in the High Peaks/Lake Placid area with some fantastic views.
Mount Van Hoevenberg
Distance: 4.5 mi RT
Total time: 3 hrs, 43 minutes (including stops)
I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. However, many things have happened in the past month since I’ve posted:
-I got a new job as an entry level dietitian (registration eligible!) at a long term care facility!
-I’m studying for the RD exam!
-I stayed at the Johns Brook Lodge and hiked Mount Haystack for the 2nd time on the Fourth of July
-I went to Norway for a 10 days (!)
-I hiked Algonquin for the 2nd time
-I hiked with 2 good friends for their 46er finish on Big Slide!
We had a beautiful day in the high peaks for my friends’ Jenna and Marget’s 46ers finish. Big Slide is such an awesome peak to finish on! It was my third time climbing it. We snagged the last spot in the Garden (luckily!) and started climbing!
There are such great views of the Great Range from the Brothers.
Woohoo! So proud!
Welcome to the club, Jenna and Margaret! From 46r #10007. 😀
Big Slide Distance 7.7 mi RT Ascent 3,087 ft Total time 6 hrs, including stops
Memorial day weekend was jam-packed with Adirondack fun. Last Sunday was the Adirondack 46rs Annual Spring Banquet, so I made plans with Jordan and my parents to stay in Lake Placid so we could attend. Jordan and I planned on mountain biking Sunday, but the trails were a sloppy mess due to recent rains, so we hiked instead. There is still a mud warning for the high peaks areas (DEC advises to stay off of trails above 2500′–but a lot of people disregard these advisories unfortunately) so we hiked Little Crow and Big Crow mountains in the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness. The bonus of hiking these little peaks is that there are hardly any people on the trails because everyone is busy bagging high peaks. Plus, it’s on the list of recommended alternative hikes during mud season.
The trail to the Crows is located off of Hurricane Mountain Road, off of Route 73 in Keene. There are a couple options when staring this hike. It can be done as a loop, with a road walk at the end back to your car, or an out and back. There is also the option to hike part of the Nun-da-ga-o Ridge. Jordan and I just had time for a short hike since we had to be at the banquet in Lake Placid at around 5pm. We signed in and started hiking the trail to Big Crow. It was such a nice trail!
In about 20 minutes we were at the summit of Big Crow and had magnificent views of the high peaks.
Even though it only took 2o minutes, the trail is steep, complete with rock scrambling.
We followed the cairns down the other side of Big Crow, which was a little tricky since it was very steep. It might be sketchy if it was wet or icy! Thankfully it was dry!
Shortly after we were at the col between Little Crow and Big Crow, it was so pretty.
We hiked along the ridge to Little Crow, where we stopped and admired the view and had a snack.
The whole hike took 2 hours and 12 minutes, including stops. It was great!
Little Crow and Big Crow Mountain Distance 2.17 miles RT Ascent 917′ Time 2 hrs, 12 minutes
After the hike, we headed into Lake Placid to check into our hotel. My parents were already there and had been paddling on Lake Placid, since our hotel was right on the lake. Lake Placid is not to be confused with Mirror Lake, the lake right on the main street of Lake Placid, the village. Lake Placid is much bigger!
Jordan and I took their canoe out for a little bit–we had some great views of Whiteface!
After our paddle, we got ready and headed back into the Village for the 46rs banquet. There were over 700 new 46r finishers in 2016–myself included! 211 of us were at the banquet to receive our certificates. It was great to be awarded with an actual certificate after finishing the 46–I’m proud to be member of the club!
The next morning, we had breakfast at Generations Lake Placid, a restaurant right on Mirror Lake that my dad had recommended. I never would have thought to try it for breakfast–it was fantastic! The menu had an Adirondack theme to each of their meals.
And we had a great view!
Because it was raining pretty hard, we decided to head home–but not without a stop at the Mountaineer. The Mountaineer is one of my favorite stores, for good reason. They have so much awesome hiking gear! It was so crowded on this rainy day–what else can hikers do except drool over hiking gear if we can’t hike? We spent about an hour looking at packs for Jordan. He doesn’t have a hiking or backpacking pack, so he bought an awesome Osprey pack. We’ll have to put it good use this summer!
Prospect Mountain is one of the more popular hikes in the Lake George area. With a toll road leading to the summit, it’s an an accessible mountain with pretty views of Lake George. It has a reputation of being one of the easier hikes in the Lake George area, however it is steep and might be a bit challenging for an out-of-shape hiker. With water and rest breaks it’s definitely doable for anyone.
The trailhead is right in the heart of the Village of Lake George off of Montcalm Street.
It took Jenna and I about an hour and 30 minutes to get to the top. From the trailhead to the summit is about 2 miles. At the top there is a picnic area and a parking lot.
We stopped for about 30 minutes on top to have a snack and walk around. The descent was fast! There was a lot of open rock to walk down which may be tricky in wet conditions.
Prospect Mountain Distance 4.0 mi RT Elevation gain 1,625′ Summit elevation 2,021′ Total time 2 hrs, 30 minutes (including stops)
This past weekend, I was up in Lake Placid for a conference (my first conference in the nutrition profession!) and was reunited with my old loves.
Iconic view of the high peaks from the Plains of Abraham
Since I didn’t get to do any hiking while I was up for the conference, Skyler and I drove up to hike Hurricane on Saturday. There was rain in the forecast for the afternoon, so we met at Exit 20 at 7am, arriving at the Route 9N trailhead at about 8:30.
It is Mud Season in the high peaks, so DEC issues warnings to stay off of the trails above 2500 feet in elevation. One of the trails listed under recommended alternative hikes is Hurricane Mountain, one of my favorites. Hurricane is also a great warm-up hike for the season, with nearly 2,000 feet of elevation gain in the 3.2 miles to the summit.
The trails were dry (mostly) and in great shape.
The last time I hiked Hurricane, the fire tower was closed. They have recently restored it so this time I climbed to the top.
Hurricane has some of the best views, in my opinion!
Whiteface from afar.
We also beat the rain! I was a little concerned that we’d be socked in, but thankfully the weather held off.
Hurricane Mountain, via Route 9N
Distance: 6.4 mi RT
Total time: 3 hrs, 30 minutes (not including break on the summit)
Gear used: old navy running tights, tasc performance long sleeve merino base layer, Northface rain shell, Osprey Sirrus daypack, Kelty trekking poles, Keen Durand hiking boots, Smartwool hiking socks, 2L h20