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Friday, August 1, 2014

Beebe Hill

Unfortunately car issues derailed my plans to do a backpacking trip in the Adirondack High Peaks, but tried to make do with a local fire tower hike that leads to great views.  Beebe Hill is located in very rural Columbia County with a short, pleasant 2 mile RT hike. The trail up does have three footbridges to cross, where small streams pass by.
 Old stone walls line the woods here as a reminder of the past.
 Opal Pond and its reflections.
 After only a mile with a few short ups you arrive at the fire tower.  There are no views from the ground but there are 360 degree views at the top.
 Unfortunately the view was obscured by haze on a sultry summer day.
 Although the total elevation gain is only 320 feet to the 1753 foot summit, the firetower makes you feel as if you are on top of the world.
 Looking out from the tower.
 A nice panoramic view.
 Looking back down the steep steps!
 Did the loop today, which passes down through hardwoods on a jeep road.  The bugs were terrible through this area and made me wish I had put on some bug spray.
 Back near the trailhead is beautiful Barrett Pond.  It is a gorgeous spot to relax and soak in the peaceful view of the water and its abundant wildlife.
On the walk back to the car I stumbled upon a leaf that seemed to be turning a little early....

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