It’s rare enough to enjoy long, difficult, multi-peak hikes; it’s rarer still to hike one with a friend and mentor. To then hike seldom-used trails in the Adirondacks with beautiful weather made it a near perfect day.
I encountered my first other humans at the summit of crowded Porter Mountain. I stopped for a brief photo and quickly headed back the Range Trail towards Blueberry Mountain. On the way, there was a perfect rock outcropping offering views of Porter and Cascade, after which I continued towards Blueberry.
The forecast on our final day in the Adirondacks called for afternoon thunderstorms. While we had considered Cascade Mountain or even Dial Mountain as nice easy hikes, the overcast skies led themselves more towards waterfalls than vistas. We pulled into … Continued