|Oct. 9, 2010 (Sat.)
|Elevation: 3150 feet; Order of Height: 151
|Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Chris Hatko
As part of the continuing effort to find new trails and peaks to climb, we decided to try Hopkins Mountain, reportedly a very nice sub-4000-footer on the slopes above Keene Valley.
It was a completely perfect October fall day, although perhaps a bit beyond color peak. It was a bit tricky to find the very understated trailhead, but once we did and got on the trail, it was smooth sailing. The path we chose to follow to the top was the Mossy Cascade Trail, and it is highly recommended. Quiet, uneroded, and very scenic. There is much variety along the trail, from shady huge pine trees to a fun climb alongside Mossy Cascade Brook itself, and then an enjoyable climb along a ridgecrest with many sections of open deciduous forest -- especially nice on a fall day like today.
The summit is a spectacular long sloping ledge that offers perfect vantage points towards the Dixes, Noonmark, the Ausable River Valley, and the lower Great Range. An excellent 'lower' peak. In fact, an excellent peak, period.
Please refer to the link below for the full trip report with lots of pictures (including a section focusing on views of the trail itself).
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Image Gallery: October 2010 Hopkins Mtn Climb