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Central High Peaks from Loj planning

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 07/26/2020 - 15:28

My next trip will have a lot of hiking and hit 13 peaks over a week.  The first 3 nights I'm saying at ADK Loj, so I'll have a soft bed and shower available each night.  The next 3 nights, I'll be in the backcountry, hopefully at Lake Arnold, camping.

The current plan is this...

Monday: get up there early (so leave here like 430) and do Street (4166', # 31) and Nye (3895, # 45).  These are not supposed to have great views, and they are herd paths to get up.  The total mileage is 8 miles and 2531' elevation gain.  When I get done with them, I then check in to Loj.

Gothics and Sawteeth

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 07/26/2020 - 14:53

Saturday, I went up and did Gothics (4736', #10) and Sawteeth (4100', #35).  The day started off rather poorly.  When I got up there, I realized how tired I was, not having a great night's sleep along with getting up at 4.  On top of that, the AMR and Roaring Brook parking lots were full!  According to the ranger I talked to on my way out, they were full at 530... I got there at 605.  WTF?  Well, it was a perfect day for hiking, so everyone went up there I guess.  I ended parking in a pull off about 1/4 miles up (and I mean up) the road.  I hate walking along roads, and Rt.

Two Hikes from AMR

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 07/20/2020 - 07:48

So, the last 2 weekends I have left undone peaks.  Specifically 2 weeks ago I left Colvin (4057', #39), and Blake (3960', #43) when I did Dial and Nippletop, and this last weekend I left Gothics (4736', #10) and Sawteeth (4100'. #35) when I did the Great Range.  My goal is to get these 4 peaks done before I go in via ADK Loj for a week of hikes.  That means that I will do them this weekend, or maybe, depending on weather, a pair next weekend.

The Great Range... mostly

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 07/19/2020 - 18:11

This weekend, I tackled the Great Range of the Adirondacks High Peaks.  Thursday, just after work I headed up to the Gardens parking lot.  I had a fear that there would be no parking as it was marked as full about 9 in the morning, but when I arrived around 530, there were a dozen or so spots.  I hiked in about 3 miles and set up camp on Howard Hill, just shy on the trail from the DEC interior outpost (aka rangers).  I was surprised when I hit the trail to see a party of 10, about half of which were pre-teen, getting on the trail to go to Johns Brooks  Lodge, an interior lodge run by the Ad

Maybe not the Great Range... Planning

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Thu, 07/16/2020 - 12:32

So, I planned to do the Great Range this weekend.  As of this moment the Gardens parking lot is marked as full, so I may not be able to.  If that is the case, I'll come home tonight and go right to bed when I get home to get up early and try again Friday morning.  I suspect there are just a bunch of day hikers out today and when I get there I'll find a parking spot.

The Great Range - planning

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 07/13/2020 - 08:19

The great range of the High Peaks is one of the most rewarding things to hike in the park.  The range itself is 7, mostly close peaks with a side peak of Sawteeth that also hits the 4000 mark.  This is not one of the easier hikes to do.  I know from experience as I've done 4 of the peaks back in College, and we had an Alaskan with us that was used to backpacking and hiking in Alaska, and she had trouble with our trails.

Dial and Nippletop (plus Bear Den)

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Mon, 07/13/2020 - 06:54

Sunday, I had an ambitious day planned.  Dial, Nippletop Colvin, and Blake (with a repeat of Colvin and Bear Den which is not a 46er on the way to Dial).  I got to the AMR parking lot about 630, and was on the trail shortly after.  When I got to the trail register, about 1/2 a mile of road hiking in, I realized I left my poles in the car.  That mistake made some of the downhill a bit slower than I usually do...