S: Adirondack High Peaks Algonquin 2012
FC: Algonquin 2012
1: Saturday, October 13, 2012 Scott, Alex, Maya and Brandon with our loving trail leader Danny / Grandpa headed out to hike one of the high peaks of the Adirondacks. Rangers and trail guides advised us to keep off the high peaks with children because of hazardous icy conditions. “You are not going to get very far without any type of spikes or crampons.” stated the ranger at the beginning of the trail.
2: We decided to start and go as far as we could and make the best of it.
3: The rangers said to climb Mt. Joe. Maya said “I don’t want to climb a Mountain named Joe.”
7: Rest spot! We filled up on trail mix, nuts, apples, chocolate and espresso beans, and enjoyed the waterfall. Surprisingly, Brandon did not fall in the water or try to go for a quick swim.
8: Elevation 5,115 ftc (1,559 m) | At this point the trail became more difficult and was covered in ice. The kids ascended the trail without a problem and left Daddy and Grandpa in their snow dust.
12: Elevation 5,115 ft
13: Facts: High Peak Rank: Second Elevation: 5,115 ft (1,559 m) Topographic Prominence: 2,100 ft (640 m) Location: North Elba, New York Range: MacIntyre Mountains Coordinates: 440837N 735912W Easiest route: Trailhead beginning from the Adirondack Lodge Summit: Scattered open rock, excellent views Difficulty scale (1 least difficult/7 most difficult): 5 Ascent of climb: 2,936 ft. Length of round trip: 9.6 miles Typical hike time: 9 hours
15: Hikers coming down warned us that it was icy ahead and numerous times said “I would turn around. We couldn’t make it up the trail.”
16: We have less than an hour before we need to turn around and head back. The sun goes down at 6:45. With only 0.9 miles to go to the top, “Let’s go for it,” Grandpa and Daddy said.
20: At the top it was a perfect day with clear skies, low winds, and high visibility for miles, but there was not much time to enjoy the view because we were racing against the sun.
23: “OK let’s go down,” Grandpa said.