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Nov 21, 2015 (Sat)
Elevation: 3899 feet; Order of Height: 50
Participants: Andrew Lavigne, Jennifer Innes, Ewart Tempest, Roland Hanel, Stephanie Dusablon
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A hike up a new Adirondack Peak for our little group: Snowy Mountain, in the southern Adirondacks.

A relatively still and grey November day saw us arrive at the Snowy Mountain trailhead, not far south of the town of Indian Lake, NY. With only one other car at the trailhead, we expected a quiet day on the trail. Started off around 9 a.m., hiking along a very gradually ascending leaf-covered trail. Had to cross the first of many stream crossings about a third of the way to the summit. After the first crossing, the trail became fairly wet in places, fortunately helped with some deteriorating planking.

The steep part of the climb began at the two-thirds distance mark. Here the trail became worse quality-wise, with lots of erosion, boulders, roots, and general water drainage directly down the trail. A brief respite from the poor trail conditions at 3000 feet was appreciated before a final steep scrambly bit of trail brought us to within a hundred or so feet of the summit. A final bit of trail, sometimes steep, brought us to the summit ridgeline and a flat area of open grass, open towards the east, giving a nice view. A network of little herdpaths led away to all parts of the summit ridge from this clearing, and we visited a couple of excellent lookouts (west and north) using these herdpaths. We then visited the sturdy and well-maintained fire tower on the actual summit, climbing it for a 360-degree panorama of the Southern Adirondacks. The chill wind blowing through the tower forced us down quickly, and we didn't stay much longer before starting our descent. I took a quick side detour to visit the summit slabs on the way down, but other than that it was a straightforward trudge down the eroded bits of trail and over the many stream crossings before the final bit of trail down to the highway. A worthwhile summit, probably better done in winter, though.

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