Continuing on up the trail, we left the predominantly decidious forest and entered the conifer zone. There are many sections of trail with bits of steep slab, and all of the new hikers got used to the very grippy properties of Adirondack bedrock. Trust your feet!
Higher up, we started to encounter the wonderful rocky ridgeline of Noonmark's north ridge. We climbed up along the airy western edge of the ridge, stopping at lookout after beautiful lookout. Everyone was duly impressed with the great views over to the Great Range and the central high peaks.
Not much to say about the rest of the climb to the summit. We stopped often to take in the views, rest, and let hikers of different speeds catch up. Near the top, four of us chose the 'sporty' route - staying on the steep crest of the ridge, rather than following the trail when it avoided the steep sections. There are some primo little scrambles to be had when doing it this way - highly recommended!