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Old 07-09-2009, 09:33 AM   #1
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Lower Wolfjaw via Wedge Brook, 7-2-09

After hiking Marcy on Tuesday and Jay on Wednesday, we were off to hike Lower Wolfjaw under very cloudy skies. Approached the gate and had this little beauty greet us!

Up the Lake Road we went, headed for the bridge to cross over to the West River trail, and eventually the Wedge Brook Trail. Already sweating up a storm before we left the road...can you say muggy?!?! Very scenic hike and aside from being uncomfortably humid, it was quite enjoyable up to the point where it started to seriously climb up toward the notch. The combination of humidity, fatigue from earlier hikes, and a muddy, slippery trail made for a not so fun climb. We reached the junction with the range trail and I was soaked with sweat. Fortunately it wasn't windy, so I was able to take off my shirt and dry off a bit without getting chilled, then put on a dry shirt for the final ascent. We took that opportunity to refuel as well, and that made all the difference. That last .3 miles has some fun scrambling! Met the only other hikers we would see all day, coming down off the summit as they headed back to JBL.

The summit was completely socked in with clouds, but we rather enjoyed it! Did a little summit dance , pretended to soak in the views, hung out and just enjoyed the neat feeling of being up in the clouds. No wind and a little cooler, so the humidity was no longer an issue.

Decided to return via the W.A. White trail. We couldn't wait to see the area that Charlene (on ADKHighpeaks) referred to as a "panty-knotting" scramble.

What a gas!!

Really enjoyed the hike up and over the chin, then along the ridge with its gradual descent. Caught some nice views of the valley along the way. We met three young men who were doing trail work for ATIS, working their way up the mountain whacking weeds and trimming branches. (We were glad for our good timing when we reached the more open areas near the bottom, where we otherwise would have gotten our legs and feet soaked by the high grass and weeds!) The last half mile or so walking through that beautiful mixed forest was a lovely way to end our hike. Back to Random Scoots for a shower, then off to the Baxter Mountain Tavern for some well-earned dinner and a couple pops.

Slideshow: http://outdoors.webshots.com/slideshow/573410157aONlug
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