|Oct. 17, 2007 (Wed.)
|Elevation: 3556 feet; Order of Height: 85
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Greg Gnaedinger, Beili Zhou, Gerry Monforton, Shaoli Gao, Tim Wang, Steve Anderson, James Ellwood, Satheejan Gugananthan
This hike was a little different, as I took my group from work down to the Adirondacks for a team-building mountain hike. My choice for a best-bang-for-buck intro peak was Noonmark - not too long, good lookouts along the way, great summit, and great views.
Being a mid-week day, we had the mountain to ourselves. With so many new hikers in the group, we took it slow and easy, taking lots of breaks and enjoying the many great views from the lookouts along the Stimson trail.
The weather, which was forecast to be unsettled, turned out to be clearer, warmer, and much more pleasant than I had anticipated.
Our summit experience was great - warm, good views, no wind. We lounged up there for a good 45-minutes, enjoying the satisfaction of a job well-done.
The hike down was via the Adler trail, then back through the Noonmark-Round pass on the Dix trail to the golf course. The only major thing of note was the stonyness of the trail through the pass, made even more annoying by the thick covering of leaves. All in all, a great day, and a great intro for a bunch of new-to-the-Adirondacks hikers.
See the image gallery link below for a more detailed writeup and the set of pictures.
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Image Gallery: October 2007 Noonmark Loop : A team-building Intro Hike.