We are 46ers!
Completing our 46th High Peak

We are Adirondack 46ers, having climbed the 46 highest peaks* in the Adirondack State Park in New York.

Living 400 miles from the park, becoming 46ers took 5 years, starting with our summit of Cascade Mountain in July 2009 and finishing on a marvelous hike to Mount Colden on August 4, 2014. It encompassed 28 total hikes with one 5-peak traverse, a 4-peak and several 3-peak ones, all of them completed as day hikes. In total, we hiked over 320 miles and 110,000 vertical feet.

As 46ers, we will forever be linked to and enamored with the Adirondack mountains. Our hiking there is by no means complete, and the 28 hikes/46 High Peaks on this page are a testament to how we’ve grown as hikers and as people since that July in 2009.

For fun, we added our 3 favorite summits, hikes, and trails, and also picked our three hardest hikes. Keep in mind that our favorites/hardest reflect the time & conditions of our hikes as well as our own physical and mental condition. For example, Kathy picked Donaldson/Emmons/Seward as her second hardest hike, which surely had a not insignificant impact from our completion of Haystack/Basin/Saddleback the day prior. Likewise, we didn’t judge the summits of Big Slide, Phelps, Santanoni, Couchsachraga, Blake, or Saddleback since they were socked in when we arrived.


Our 46 Adirondack High Peaks

 

Hike # Date Summits Mileage Vertical Feet Sean’s Picks Kathy’s Picks
28 August 4, 2014 Mount Colden 12 3,200 #2 Summit #2 Summit
27 August 3, 2014 Seymour 13.5 3,200
26 August 1, 2014 Donaldson, Emmons, Seward 14.5 4,850 #2 Hardest
25 July 31, 2014 Haystack, Basin, Saddleback 18 5,500 #3 Summit [Haystack]
24 July 29, 2014 Allen 18 3,650
23 May 9, 2014 Colvin, Blake 15 4,900 #3 Hike
22 September 21, 2013 Satanoni, Couchsachraga, Panther 15 4,900
21 August 7, 2013 (Dix)  12 3,700 #1 Summit #1 Summit
20 August 5, 2013 Esther, Whiteface 12 3,800
19 August 4, 2013 Mount Marshall 14 3,600 #1 Hike
#1 Trail [Indian Pass]
#1 Hike
#1 Trail [Indian Pass]
18 August 2, 2013 Redfield, Cliff 17 4,850 #3 Hardest #3 Hardest
17 August 1, 2013 Tabletop 10 2,850
16 July 31, 2013 (Macomb, South Dix, East Dix, Hough) 13 4,300 #2 Trail [Lillian Brook] #2 Hike
#2 Trail [Lillian Brook]
15 September 20, 2012 Dix, Hough, South Dix, East Dix, Macomb 15 5,350 #3 Trail [Beckhorn]
14 September 13, 2012 Dial, Nippletop 13 5,500 #3 Trail [Leach Trail]
13 September 12, 2012 Wright, (Algonquin), Iroquois 14 4,900 #3 Summit [Iroquois]#2 Hardest
12 September 6, 2012 Skylight, Gray 18 5,100 #1 Hardest #1 Hardest
11 September 5, 2012 Rocky Peak Ridge, (Giant) 8 4,850
10 August 5, 2012 Phelps Mountain 7.5 2,450 #3 Hike
9 August 4, 2012 Street, Nye 8 3,000
8 August 2, 2012 Gothics, Sawteeth 14 4,550 #2 Hike
7 July 31, 2012 Mount Marcy 14 3,750
6 July 29, 2012 Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong 12 4,900
5 July 27, 2012 Big Slide 10 3,500
4 August 13, 2011 Porter, (Cascade) 6.5 3,000
3 August 11, 2011 Algonquin 7.5 3,400
2 July 30, 2009 Giant 6 3,050
1 July 29, 2009 Cascade 6 1,950

Some pictures from along the way:

* Note: The 46 mountains necessary to become a 46er are the ones that brothers Bob & George Marshall climbed with their guide Herbert Clark, finishing in 1925. The three originally sought to climb all the 4,000-foot mountains in the Adirondacks; modern surveying shows that one mountain (MacNaughton) is 4,000 feet but not in the list, and four (Blake, Cliff, Nye and Couchsachraga) are lower. In fact, Couchsachraga is the 60th highest in the park. Because of the history with the Marshall brothers and Herbert Clark, the 46ers organization kept the original peaks as requirements for entry.