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  • #46
    "Otter Slide" is a very accurate description of the first section of the Swede Mt. hike. I climbed it Tuesday with a group of 7. One person opted to skip the hike and wait in the lot after looking over the start. One word of caution... there is a loose rock partway up the slide that when (not if) it dislodges could be dangerous to anyone below. Watch your step, and watch the climbers above before you start up.

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    • #47
      The majority of the trail work and all of the tower efforts were done by the Warren County DPW. They deserve most of the kudos. Volunteers helped with trail clearing and hardening. The route the trail takes was very specifically defined by the easement Warren County purchased. The easement is very narrow. We suggested several trail re-routes but our requests were denied. The new trail does not follow the original trail. The original trail was through a beautiful hardwood forest and headed more directly up the mountain through a few notches in the cliffs. As far as the "otter slide", Warren County originally planned on constructing a bridge over the outlet of North Pond. Shortly before the trail opening was announced they decided against the bridge. The bridge efforts were to include some stone steps up the embankment. There are still plans on improving this section. With the trail closing for the season on September 10th, this work will not begin until next spring. Long ago there was a wooden foot bridge over the outlet. The trail then immediately turned left and followed the shoreline to a spot where there was no embankment. Unfortunately any re-routes are not an option. The summit is owed by Warren County so any selective thinning of trees do not need NYS permission. At one time the views were almost 360°. Some people might not be in favor of some carefully done cutting but I agree with DSettahr. The mountain has already been extensively lumbered. Losing a few more trees would restore the views we once had. As I have mentioned before, this fire tower peak is going to be very popular. When I drive by the trailhead during the week the parking lot is full.

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      • #48
        If you haven’t yet gotten out to check out the new fire tower trail near Hague on Swede Mountain, you’ll have to wait a while: the trail and tower are closed as of September 10, through December 16. When it reopens, you can enjoy views to the north and west of Gore, Crane, and 11th Mountains, along with Brant Lake.
        https://www.facebook.com/adkpaddleski/

        https://northeastwild.blogspot.com/

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        • #49
          Originally posted by Nehasane View Post
          If you haven’t yet gotten out to check out the new fire tower trail near Hague on Swede Mountain, you’ll have to wait a while: the trail and tower are closed as of September 10, through December 16. When it reopens, you can enjoy views to the north and west of Gore, Crane, and 11th Mountains, along with Brant Lake.
          Friends of mine just made it in time

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          • #50
            Volunteer efforts have greatly improved the otter slide.
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            • #51
              Wow, that's really nice looking work. Those are the kind of steps hikers will use, rather than going around. (I hope the wood is pressure treated, so it will last.)

              Who did the work, if I can ask? It looks great, and whoever did it deserves to get credit.

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              • #52
                Steps were put in by ADK Glens Falls-Saratoga chapter.
                See Adirondac Nov-Dec 2021 pg 35.

                Reminder the trail and tower are closed for hunting season, September 10 - December 16. Source of this is https://warrencountyny.gov/news/coun...r-hague-public

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                • #53
                  Excellent. Good for them. Very well done.

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                  • #54
                    I finally got around to uploading photos from my day hike up Swede last summer: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zf3vHZbCwb9NFPn28

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                    • #55
                      [QUOTE=DSettahr;290250]I finally got around to uploading photos from my day hike up Swede last summer: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zf3vHZbCwb9NFPn28[/QUOT

                      Majestic views, thanks.
                      Never Argue With An Idiot. They Will Drag You Down To Their Level And Beat You With Experience.

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                      • #56
                        How do you cross the outlet? I tried to go there once but wasn't really sure. It was last winter and I wasn't sure how thick the ice was or how deep the outlet was. Haven't been back this year yet.
                        Successful ascents: 137 (81 different) as of 8/30/22
                        Adirondack/Catskill fire tower challenge: 13/31
                        Adk 29er challenge: 11/29

                        Completed: Chester Challenge, Tupper Lake Triad, Hamilton County Waterfall

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                        • #57
                          Great photos DS - thank you. How does it compare to Goodnow? We (my wife and I) did it last year and look forward to some new day hikes on our trip up later this summer.

                          Bob

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                          • #58
                            I made the trip up with two others on Friday after most of the clouds had burned off and were rewarded with fairly clear skies. This thread started about the time I attended a wedding at Jimbo's on Brant Lake and I was disappointed that weekend we couldn't include a trip up. What a treat to finally get there, thanks for all the updates and info.

                            On the way up the trail I saw my first Adirondack bear (after 40 years of camping/hiking/biking/paddling). It was a cub that scurried up a tree just a few feet off the trail. We did not stick around to spot an adult so no picture. No sign of either on the descent.

                            If anyone cares to ID some of the peaks in the view, I wouldn't object as I was uncertain about far more than those I think I know.
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                            • #59
                              My guesses:

                              The one with lots of exposed rock looks to be Stevens Mtn. The one to its right, a little further away that breaks the horizon looks to be Pharaoh. The horizon peak just left of Pharaoh looks to be Marcy.

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                              • #60
                                Agreed. I think the closer one behind Stevens is Hoffman and the cone shape just to the right of that (also beyond Stevens) could be Santanoni or Seward.

                                In the closer range, I am at a loss for which Brother and Number is which, but Treadway is over on the far right.

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