We next visited the room atop the well-preserved fire tower. The 360-degree view from the summit was indeed nice, and I particularly enjoyed the perspective of the high peaks region. I've never seen it from this northern perspective. Even Whiteface was far south of us (a peak that is usually always seen to the north). Looking east, we had excellent views down to Chazy Lake and to the Green Mountains of Vermont, which seemed especially close from here. To the north were the gray blocky teeth of downtown Montreal, only 60 miles away. As far as Adirondack Mountains go, this one is pretty far north!
It was at this point that I realized that my high-pointing bushwhack had cost me my sunglasses, and so, while Jenn and Bob went off for a sunny lunch on the eastern ledges, I made my way back into the brush, using my GPS tracklog to try and precisely follow my steps and retrieve my glasses. Let me tell you: even with a good GPS tracklog, it is very tough to precisely follow your previous path through dense underbrush. I did not find my sunglasses.
High Peaks from the tower
Chazy Lake from the tower
I returned to the summit ledges to relax and enjoy some sit-down time in the sun.
Bob's not-so-scared ledge shot
After lunch, we headed back, covering the 2.5 miles back to the trailhead in just under an hour. Nice little peak!
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