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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blue Mountain(Adirondacks)

Finally getting some warmer, spring like temperatures the last couple of days, so I was more than happy to get out and do some hiking up in the Adirondacks.  Blue Mountain, located in the Central Adirondacks, is one of the most popular mountains in the park, possibly due to its central location, ease of access and phenomenal views from the fire tower.  A large sign and pull off on the east side of Route 28N provide trail access.
 I was the only one out on the trail today, enjoying the 40 degree temps.  The trail was mostly broken in making for nice snowshoe hiking.
 The first mile or so is mostly level with only one particularly steep section.
 After about 1.2 miles, the trail begins to climb steeply up.
 After emerging from a dense evergreen stand, partial but very nice views can be found.
 Turning around along the steep section of trail provides views to the west.
 Only a short distance from the summit, the snow was drifted and very deep.  Here is a look at the deep snow amongst the trees just off the trail.

The last .1 of a mile levels off a little bit at an elevation over 3700 feet.
 The fire tower is found after 2 miles in a broad, open field at the 3759 foot summit.
The view from the fire tower is nothing short of spectacular.  Minnow Pond, Mud Pond and South Pond as well as a sliver of Long Lake can be seen with some of the High Peaks in the far distance.
 A view west over Blue Mountain Lake with Raquette Lake in the far distance.
 Views to the east.
 North views with frozen South Pon.

Snow capped High Peaks about 25 miles away.
 A panorama that its hard to beat.  What an incredible vista to the north.
 Distant winter views.

Even on a nice winter day, the winds were fierce atop the fire tower.
Snow capped 5000 foot peaks to north.
Amazing 360 degree views are available from the tower.
After lingering at the summit for about a half hour, I headed back down the mountain.
Snowshoeing back down the steep slopes of the mountain.
A great day in the Adirondacks!  4 miles RT on a nice March day.

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