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Today we returned to a perennial fav - Jay Mountain and its associated ridgeline - in the Keene Valley area. Jay is a perfect hike for an intro to the Adirondacks, and that's just what today was - a introduction to not one or two newcomers - but four new-to-the-Adirondacks hikers: Trevor, Rae, Tanya, and Claire. They were in for a fine specimen of a route.
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Start Prep
Boldy stepping forth
Not being a particularly long hike, we didn't need to start off super early, and we put boot (or foot, in the case of Rae) to ground at around 9 a.m. The forest was damp and moist from recent rains (oh how there's been a lot of rain this spring and summer, everywhere in the northeast!). In fact, there was so much moisture that there were many sections that were actually muddy - never seen that before on this lightly-eroded trail.
Leafy and open
Newer switchbacks
We took our time getting up to the good stuff - the start of the ridgeline - arriving at that point at about 11 a.m. From there, we began to enjoy all that is great about Jay: panoramic lookouts, grassy little paths, mountaintop meadows, open slabs, crags, and fun little scrambles.
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First look at ridge
Cookie Time
First good lookout
Contemplating Life
The buddies
Marching on
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Rare ADK Meadow
Earthy path for human footsies
Path to rock, rock to path
Complex ridge terrain
Clean Slab
The Gravelly Bit
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Grassy Notch
Grassy Notch Scramble
Grassy Notch Scramble
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