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Adirondackiteer 03-18-2017 11:30 AM

Nice 'beginner' hike, maybe on western side?
So this is a new one for me. I'm more of a aspiring 46er and stick to the HPs. But am hoping to take a friend hiking as soon as we have a chance when summer comes around. I'm not sure how soon (of course the first part of summer brings the dreaded black flies!!!). I have a week off last week of May/beginning June, and then 2 weekends in June off. Probably end up in the thick of black flies.

But anyhow, she is not a strong hiker but loves the outdoors and has spent some time in the Adirondacks and hiked I think maybe one of the small mountains or two. I really want to do something like Cascade and Porter but I want to do an easier hike first, maybe something closer to home - we'll be coming from between Watertown and Syracuse. I know the prefect trail probably doesn't exist of course, but is there anything on the western side that offers a beautiful hike with nice views? Doesn't have to be a mountain but a little elevation gain and some up high views would be nice too but not required.

I'll be looking in the HP's as well, but thought for a first hike-date something we could do without getting up before the crack of dawn and still have time to have a dinner at a restaurant and also be back home that evening to the shores of our great lake would be nice. Probably slim pickings I know, but figured if anyone knows it'll be the experts here. :thumbs: As an alternate might go on a paddle first, or in addition too.

Wldrns 03-18-2017 06:10 PM

Grab one of the western Adirondack books in the series of Discover the Adirondacks:

Something in the Black River Wild Forest, perhaps a hike to beautiful Gull Lake, or in the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness to Middle Settlement Lake, or the many trails to lakes and ponds in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness. The Five Ponds Wilderness north of Stillwater Reservoir offers some excellent hiking as well.

Gull Reflections:

Justin 03-18-2017 07:32 PM

How about Bald Mountain (AKA Rondax Mtn) near Old Forge, or Rocky Mtn and/or Black Bear Mtn near Eagle Bay... or for something a little longer & a bit more remote maybe try Cat Mountain from Wanakena...

Wldrns 03-18-2017 08:00 PM

If you go before 24 June, you can access the Cedarlands Easement Property, before it closes for the summer season. Former BSA property now open to the public and rather remote once in there. Even though no longer an occupied BSA camp, the restrictions on dates of access still apply. Still on the western side of the Adirondacks, but closer to the HP. Great views from the 2 mountain peaks easily climbed. Tent sites have been recently established, so they are still rather pristine and not overly abused (yet).

View from Mud Pond Mtn, (formerly Scout "OA" Mountain):

MoodyBlues 03-18-2017 09:48 PM

Echo Cliffs and Goodluck Cliffs are both short hikes up small mtns w/ nice views...

gorpot 03-19-2017 06:43 PM

Another possibility would be the new Stillwater fire tower, only opened up last year. One mile hike with some nice views. Depends on where you are coming from. If you were coming from Watertown area, Stillwater would be closer then Old Forge. If you are leaving closer to Syracuse, then As Justin suggested places up by Old Forge, such as Bald Mt, Rocky Mt, or Black Bear Mt. would be better.

Wldrns 03-19-2017 07:24 PM

Castle Rock, near Blue Mountain. A good excuse to visit the Adirondack Museum at the same time. Or climb Blue Mountain itself.

peskypup 03-20-2017 10:20 PM

Goodman Mt, just outside Tupper Lake.

WBB 03-21-2017 08:51 AM

Add Coney and Arab and go for the trifecta.

Three easy hikes that each offer something different. Coney has 360 degree views, Arab a restored fire tower, Goodman some interesting history linking the Adirondacks to bigger events. All three can be done in a day without much difficulty.

Adirondackiteer 03-22-2017 05:26 AM

Well I typed up a reply earlier but it seems to have vanished. I just wanted to thank everyone for the advice, it'll take me a bit to research them in a little more detail.

Adirondackiteer 03-24-2017 09:18 PM

Well scratch that, unfortunately the whole long distance relationship wasn't as feasible as I thought. :( why oh why did I ever leave NY. Sad thing is I plan to go back, just can't for several years yet. But who knows, I'll do some researching just in case she warms back up. If not, back to the HP's for my next trip!

I have visited a couple of the suggestions above, but some of the others do look worth checking out for a shorter trip. Thanks again everyone.

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