Felt good to get out of the house for a bit on this rainy, blustery day. Walked a little less than a mile total.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Rain, rain go away! We've been inundated by heavy rain the last 24 hours, leading to localized flooding concerns. I guess we actually needed the rain-although maybe not all at once. Once the incessant deluge finally tapered off this afternoon, I decided to take a walk at nearby Crellin Park along the banks of the Stony Kill. There are no marked trails at the park, but there is one main trail and several different footpaths lead along the creek. Even the runoff on the creek banks is running strong.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Due to the overwhelming praise I've heard and great views available from the Jay Mountain Range in the northern Adirondacks, it has been on my radar for quite some time now. Today ended up being the day that I would tackle the "highway in the sky" as it sometimes referred to. An informal path lead to the summit ridge for many years, but in 2012 the DEC, ADK trail crews and Student Conservation Association Crews completed a new, slightly rerouted marked trail. Parking is available just east of Upper Jay, at the intersection of Jay Mountain Road and Upland Meadows Road.
The first 2.1 miles travel through mixed woods with blue discs to lead the way.
Although it seems fall is a little behind schedule this year, the leaves are certainly beginning to change in the northern Adirondacks.
After a steady ascent of about 2 miles, the trail arrives at a junction. The main trail continues right towards the ridge and summit, but the left leads 250 feet to a rocky, western peak on the ridgeline. From here there are nice views in nearly all directions. Here is the view to the north towards Au Sable Forks and beyond.
Fantastic panorama from the north all the way to Jay Mountain.
My little trail companion was also enjoying the vistas.
Continuing back on the main trail towards the summit ridge, there are additional views to be found here. This is an exposed rock area with south facing views towards many of the nearby mountains and high peaks.
Following the wide open rock made for great hiking. Seeing the summit laying ahead.
Another breathtaking panorama.
There are up to five sub peaks along the ridge walk, with cols separating each. As you hike, you can clearly see the ascent and descent before you. A touch of fall covers this peak.
Lake Champlain clearly becomes visible the further east along the ridge you go.
The final open rock summit along the trail.
Retraced my steps all the way back down the mountain for a total hike of about 7.2 miles RT. I would recommend this hike to anyone, but it is a stiff climb with an ascent of nearly 2300 feet to the 3576 foot summit. This is a truly special mountain with much to offer, and is now one of my favorite hikes.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Built all the way back in 1802, Montgomery Place is one of the original grand estates located on the east side of the Hudson River and is a National Historic Landmark and park. The grounds are owned and managed by Historic Hudson Valley and can be accessed off of River Road(Dutchess County 103). A fee is charged for tours of the mansion, but use of the grounds is free and open to the public.
The trail provides up close views of the Saw Kill's cool waters.
A small pond is found at the bottom of the west lawn.
Back steps and west portico.
An old stand by.
Fully explored the grounds admiring the landscape and history. Probably walked a bit over a mile, but there was so much to see and enjoy that it took a little while to soak it all in.