As I climbed the mountain the ice got worse and a blanket of snow coated the trail.
The very top of the fire tower is closed this time of year, but you can climb the steps to outstanding 360 degree views.
The total trip is 3.4 miles RT, but due to the steepness of the hike, it seems much longer. It was still fairly early, so I headed east towards the Schroon Lake region. I drove up the east side of the lake, in search of a couple of shorter level hikes. Views of Schroon Lake along the way.
Further north along the road, there are several trails going to the east to beautiful, remote ponds deep in the woods. Spectacle Pond is the first pond trail, with a large pull off along the east side of Adirondack Road.
The trail begins in a deep evergreen forest, running along Spectacle Pond Brook nearly the entire way.
The 3.4 Mile RT is nearly all level, making for a much quicker hike. On the way out, I ran into several hunters on the trail who were dragging a deer out of the woods. They informed me it was a five pointer. Although friendly, the presence of hunters in the woods is a reason I wear a blaze orange hat and stay only on main trails this time of year.
A mile or so further along the road I came to Gull Pond, which is a beautiful little pond set back on a little over half a mile from the road. It is surrounded by rock cliffs and nice camping areas along the shores.