The trail to Big Slide was hard-packed snow the whole way. Perfect for snowshoes. No ice the whole way.
This hike will always be a favorite of mine, especially on perfect-weather days like this one. It was a great way to spend an afternoon!
All that melted snow had to go somewhere, and the trail was obviously the path of least resistance. There was so much water pouring down the trail that it was at points truly a stream, with little waterfall cascades and everything.
I made a speedy ascent of the short-but-steep Cascade, enjoyed the amazing variety of mushrooms on Porter, and descended via the expansive Little Porter Mountain on one of my favorite traverses. I followed it up with a hike into the JBL and a quick up-and-down Big Slide.
The summit was glorious — brilliant sunshine, no wind, and panoramic views. We stayed a half hour but could have spent all afternoon. What a glorious summit for Kathy’s first winter 46!
This was the first year after completing the 46, so we were free to explore new and interesting peaks and trails, both 46er High Peaks and smaller summits or outlooks.
Our new aspiring 46ers enjoyed their third High Peak in three days, ultimately logging 30 miles and almost 10,000 vertical feet of climbing in the process. Each day was simply perfect for hiking, cool with a mix of sun and clouds.
One of the best views we never saw in our initial round of Adirondack 46 was Big Slide Mountain.
Wanting to ease into 2012, we decided that our first hike was up 4,240-foot Big Slide. The scenery on the hike up to Big Slide was varied and had enough climbing to be interesting and challenging.