It’s been a while in the waiting to reach my 800th Adirondack peak, and sifting through the 900 or so that I have not climbed I focused on Texas Ridge in Schroon Lake. Located just north of the Loch Muller trailhead, the ridge stands diligently waiting at more than 3,000 feet. I chose this peak because of its massive expanse and my deep curiosity of such a name in northern New York.
I never know where the mountains will take me from one week to the next, but I am almost always guaranteed an adventure of some sort or another. This week brought me to the north end of Hoffman Notch in the Schroon Lake Region. The snow-free aesthetics of our current winter are not normal, but that tends to happen from time to time. Snow is a wonderful addition to the harmony of the wintery
Vast wilderness, spectacular mountain views, lovely scenery, and fantastic birds await those who go birding in the Newcomb-Minerva area. The boreal habitat of this region attracts the most sought-after bird species by visitors and residents alike. Year-round species such as Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Evening Grosbeak can all be found from easy roadside birding or by
A couple of weeks prior to this jaunt in the woods, Jim and I found ourselves pondering the idea of doing a hike in the Hudson River Gorge, but the ill-weather forecast caused us to choose a different hike, which brought us in the region near Balfour Lake. The weather prediction for the day, which I fully believe is determined behind the scenes with a roll of the dice, was projected to be partly
A change of plansThis hike was a fusion of revisiting locations for me, but for Jim it was completely new territory. We had planned on a different hike in the area, but if bad weather were to persist I had this location as a back-up. So rather than stomp around the Hudson River Gorge Primitive Area in foul weather we ended up in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. It had been several years,