A final look at snowy abyss
Continuing on our loop itinerary, we pack up and leave the summit, heading down the other of Noonmark's two trails, down its southeastern flank. Tessica and Alison start whooping and hollering and laughing as they discover the joys of butt-sliding down the steep trail, and soon we lose sight of them. Ruth also chooses to slide down the steeper bits of trail, albeit at a more sedate pace, and Dave and I elect to take a yet more cautious approach and carefully downclimb the steep bits, relying on our grippy snowshoes to maintain control.
Arriving at the trail junction with the Dix trail, we take a hard left, and start what is the most tedious bit of our hike - the walk back through the gentle forested pass between Noonmark and Round Mountains. It's about a 2.5km (1.5 mile) walk back to the closing of the loop, but it feels a longer than that today. We're just getting a little tired, I suppose.
The afternoon is drawing on, and everyone is pretty glad to have completed the loop, for it is only a short downhill walk to the AMR lands and the start of the trail from here.
We're safe and sound back at the car around 5pm. Not the fastest time around this loop, to be sure, but we've finished before sundown and everybody is feeling pretty good about today's experience. Since it is now right around dinnertime, we elect to stop somewhere for a bit to eat, and what better place to choose after climbing Noonmark Mountain than to have dinner at the Noonmark Diner?
Congrats to all of today's first time Adirondack summiters! I hope that this winter visit, despite being a bit view-challenged, inspires you to come down here and explore some more great hikes!
Interactive trackmap with photo points - Noonmark Loop - click map to view
Noonmark Loop - Hike Data
* : +/- 75 feet