Adirondack High Peaks

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Anyone know what it was like up there this weekend? I'm thinking about taking the kids to do Cascade and Porter next weekend, but only if it's not super crowded (I know that's a subjective term).
Hearing it was pretty busy, most major trailheads were full by 5:30am per Scott van Laer. Probably won't be much slower the next few weekends as we approach peak foliage. Sunday is your better bet than Saturdays, if that is an option. Great time of year to be up there, I just got back from Old Forge /Inlet last weekend but the only hiking I did was trying to find my golf ball...
 

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Just checkin' in with this thread. Wanted to take advantage of the great weather and leaves before the bottom dropped out. But decided against going today because of the potential for crazy crowds, which ruins the enjoyment factor (for me anyway). Might consider tomorrow as its sunday and potential for lesser crowds. Speaking of leaves, any update from folks in that area? Are we looking at near peak, or a ways to go? I hear Tupper Lake area is at or near peak this weekend. Would certainly suck it up and go if this is THE weekend to go...
 

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Just checkin' in with this thread. Wanted to take advantage of the great weather and leaves before the bottom dropped out. But decided against going today because of the potential for crazy crowds, which ruins the enjoyment factor (for me anyway). Might consider tomorrow as its sunday and potential for lesser crowds. Speaking of leaves, any update from folks in that area? Are we looking at near peak, or a ways to go? I hear Tupper Lake area is at or near peak this weekend. Would certainly suck it up and go if this is THE weekend to go...
We were going to go up tomorrow morning and ultimately decided not to. Looked into getting a room in Lake Placid and the entire Village is booked. My guess is the trails will be busy. Lots of schools are closed Monday so there's a three-day weekend factor too.
 

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Just checkin' in with this thread. Wanted to take advantage of the great weather and leaves before the bottom dropped out. But decided against going today because of the potential for crazy crowds, which ruins the enjoyment factor (for me anyway). Might consider tomorrow as its sunday and potential for lesser crowds. Speaking of leaves, any update from folks in that area? Are we looking at near peak, or a ways to go? I hear Tupper Lake area is at or near peak this weekend. Would certainly suck it up and go if this is THE weekend to go...
Leaves are further along than I expected in Old Forge area. Lots of colors - looks like it’s approaching peak to me. Very scenic. And yeah, this area is as busy as I’ve seen it all year. Packed with people. I imagine it’s the same in all these Adirondacks towns.
 

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I never made it up last weekend, and think I may have missed on leaf peeping for the year (at least in the 'raks). Kudos for those that were able to experience it. Wanted to take my parents up for a nice weekend coming up, but with the recent rain, i'd imagine a ton of leaf drop, and colors being muted from where they were... If i'm off base please let me know.
 

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Will Cascade and Porter have ice and/or snow on there summits next weekend? Thinking of booking a room next Saturday and doing the hike Sunday morning.
 

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Will Cascade and Porter have ice and/or snow on there summits next weekend? Thinking of booking a room next Saturday and doing the hike Sunday morning.
Heights above 3500 ft got snow on Friday in Vermont. I’m guessing N.Y. is similar.
 

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Will Cascade and Porter have ice and/or snow on there summits next weekend? Thinking of booking a room next Saturday and doing the hike Sunday morning.
Saw some pictures this week of frost and ice above tree line. Suggest microspikes if you are going up.
 

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Saw some pictures this week of frost and ice above tree line. Suggest microspikes if you are going up.
Appreciate the insight, but that's a no-go. What about a smaller peak like Mount Jo? We are going up with our kids. Any recommendations? It has to be in the Lake Placid area.
 

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Appreciate the insight, but that's a no-go. What about a smaller peak like Mount Jo? We are going up with our kids. Any recommendations? It has to be in the Lake Placid area.
Sorry, totally forgot to respond to this. Mt. Jo is probably your best bet, and actually the views are pretty good of Heart Lake, Algonquin etc. Non mountain hikes- look at the Jack Rabbit trail. It's a cross country ski trail that has really good views of the High Peaks. Another good option might be hiking into Indian Head from the Ausable Club. Unbelievable views of the lakes at the end. I don't remember the distance off hand but that's a good hike.
 

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Sorry, totally forgot to respond to this. Mt. Jo is probably your best bet, and actually the views are pretty good of Heart Lake, Algonquin etc. Non mountain hikes- look at the Jack Rabbit trail. It's a cross country ski trail that has really good views of the High Peaks. Another good option might be hiking into Indian Head from the Ausable Club. Unbelievable views of the lakes at the end. I don't remember the distance off hand but that's a good hike.
Thanks. I have also been reading up on Baxter, Big Crow, and Owl's Head Lookout. Anything around or under 3-5 miles roundtrip would be fine for this weekend. And no snow and ice (need to be able to hoof it with trail shoes/boots). Views are key though to keeping my kids engaged. Just taking a walk in the woods doesn't cut it. Need that payoff (for me too, if I'm being honest).
 
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Thanks. I have also been reading up on Baxter, Big Crow, and Owl's Head Lookout. Anything around or under 3-5 miles roundtrip would be fine for this weekend. And no snow and ice (need to be able to hoof it with trail shoes/boots). Views are key though to keeping my kids engaged. Just taking a walk in the woods doesn't cut it. Need that payoff (for me too, if I'm being honest).
Owl's Head is a fun hike, and the fire tower at the top provides a great vantage point.
 

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Ampersand mountain is a fairly easy climb with a great view. 16 miles from Lake Placid.
I've heard. We are going to hit the trail on the way back to the Northway though, on Sunday morning. We'll save that for another time.
 

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Heard this as well. There is something called the Lake Placid 9er (?)- my hiking buddy is taking his kids up these (7 and 4). Some of these climbs look like good options too, Shrmdougluvr ...

Thanks. This is great.

We are far from outdoorsy people, but it's a nice, healthy, relatively inexpensive way to spend time together as a family. So far, in addition to some small hikes in the Albany area (e.g., Vroman's Nose, Bennett Hill, Indian Ladder Trail), the kids have done Shelving Rock and Buck Mountains, and Cobble Hill and Cobble Lookout in Lake Placid. You can see my m.o. - relatively straight ahead, bang-for-your-buck kind of hikes. Next year I could see us tackling a few of the more straight-forward 46ers too.
 

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