Friday, July 30, 2010

Silver Lake Mountain Hike

Damon and I both took today off as a vacation day. I talked him into joining me to hike Silver Lake Mountain. It is about a 20 minute drive from home - but with the bridge out due to construction on Silver Lake Road the detour took us a little bit longer.

Silver Lake Mountain is considered one of the 'easy' Adirondack mountains to hike. It took us a total of an hour and a half to get to the summit, sit for about 10 minutes and then make it back back down to the trail head.

The weather today was great for the hike. We started the hike at 9:30am and the temperature was still in the 60s. It was sunny but there were some really nice cool breezes most of the way up.
The white speck in the first picture is Damon. No, that is not the summit - just a nice stopping spot on the way up. The best views are at the summit. This second photo is from the vantage point from where Damon is standing in the first photo. The views are toward the south, so plenty of Adirondack mountains and lakes to see.

As it was a weekday the trail was not crowded. We saw one hiker on our way up (they were heading down) and about six folks were at the summit when we got up there.
The final photo is of me on the trail on the way down. As you can see, like many Adirondack trails the path is full of rocks and roots. When hiking you really need to watch your step.

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