These past 12 months have been exciting for Hilary and I -- yet another year full of adventure in the Adirondacks and beyond. From camping in the remote wilderness, paddling new bodies of water, observing 360 views from mountaintop fire towers, making the journey up 8 of the Adirondack High Peaks, and exploring the European Alps, it’s been a year we’ll never forget
On a crisp and clear fall day, Evan and I got an early start out of the St. Hubert’s parking lot. Our destinations for the day: Nippletop and Dial. We decided to do the loop counter-clockwise, ascending through Elk Pass to summit Nippletop first, followed by a gradual descent down to Dial.
Beginning from the Elk Lake parking area, Evan and I set out to hike our remaining three high peaks in the Dix Range. We started our trek by heading up the Slide Brook herd path toward Macomb Mountain. The trail is well worn and smooth for a good portion of the hike, but once you reach the rock slide portion of the trail, the tides change a bit.
On our Great Range traverse in the fall of 2012, team PureADK hiked Saddleback, followed by Basin, and after a quick stop at Little Haystack, finished with the prominent and remote Haystack. A quick jaunt beyond Basin, we made the trip over to Little Haystack, only to discover that we still had a way to go before reaching Haystack’s broad and open summit.
In the fall of 2012, we decided to be very optimistic and planned an 18-mile hike into the Great Range. We would head first to Saddleback, followed by Basin, and after a quick stop at Little Haystack, we would finish with the prominent and remote Haystack.
Flanked by Gothics to the southwest and Upper Wolfjaw to the northeast, Armstrong Mountain falls at number 22 on the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. As part of the Great Range, Armstrong can be reached from St. Huberts or The Garden.