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Lake Tear of the Cloud

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Tue, 06/15/2021 - 08:38

The last half of this week, I'm going to be funny an amazing hike up in the 'Daks with my friend Gretchen.  Our goal is to reach Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest headwaters of the Hudson river, and the highest standing body of water in New York.  That in itself is not a horrific hike, if you break it up into a couple days.  Our current plan:

Hike into lake Colden from upper works parking lot on Wednesday.  I hope to get the lean-to on Colden, but there are plenty of other places to camp there. 

Colvin and Blake

Submitted by RobbMLewis on Sun, 08/23/2020 - 07:58

Saturday, I went and did Colvin (4057', #39) and Blake (3960', # 43).  These are by far not the tallest peaks in the park, but they are relatively remote in that the shortest in and out hike is 14.5 miles with nearly 4000' of elevation gain/loss.  So, they aren't easy by any means.  I arrived about 615 to find the Ausable Club parking lot full.  I had to go park again about 1/4 mile up hill from the lot....

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.