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.