We finally did our first official Adirondack hike. We took the Sleeping Beauty trail in Adirondack National Park. The trail head was about 40 minutes from our house, so not bad – although we were up early 😀
We knew the hike would be around 6 miles, but it turned out closer to 7 miles since we took a loop around Bump’s pond instead of straight up and down.
Partners in crime for the day:
This is my new hiking stick I got at the art festival a couple months ago.
We actually had to walk 1.5 miles just to get to the trail head from this parking lot. That was the easy part, then it got pretty rocky and hilly.
It was humid, but we were in the shade of trees for the majority of the climb, which was really nice. I was sweating like the dickens, though. That humidity thing.
The trail was really well marked and a fair number of people on it as well. Lots of people had the same idea of an early hike to beat the heat!
Lots of neat pictures to take. I won’t post too many since I don’t want to flood your reader 😀
Finally we saw a happy sign!
And what a view it was:
That’s Lake George down there where we bike to all the time.
Here is a little movie of the view from the summit:
We ate some lunch at the top and then headed back down taking a loop around Bump’s Pond.
If we had known it was going to add that extra mile, we wouldn’t have done it because we were pretty darn tired when we got to the bottom. Although Gryffon was really happy to take a swim.
I think we should have brought more food, but otherwise it was suited pretty well for us since we bike a lot. It was a little bit long of a hike – and next time we do this one, we will skip the pond. It would be such a gorgeous view from the summit during fall colors!