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I published a trail review of Wright Peak, Algonquin Peak, and Iroquois Peak from Heart Lake.
From Heart Lake, the trail to Algonquin Peak, the second highest summit in New York, is a manageable day hike. Along the way, the hiker has an opportunity to summit Wright Peak and Iroquois Peak, both high peak summits. From Heart Lake, the hike to Wright Peak is 3.8 mi, adding in a .4 mi spur from the main Algonquin trail. Not factoring in this spur, the distance to Algonquin peak is 4.3 mi, though some of this is relatively steep with some scrambling.
From the summit of Algonquin, an unmarked, but relatively well established trail leads to another high peak, Iroquois. The distance from the Van Hoevenberg trailhead to Iroquois Peak, not factoring in the Wright spur trail, is a sometimes difficult 5.4 mi.
Overall, this is an excellent warm up day hike for the high peaks. If Algonquin seems out of r
I recently published a photo gallery of the Indian Ladder Trail. The trail is carved within the Helderberg Escarpment, and traverses the Indian Ladder Gulf. The limestone escarpment is replete with fossils and underground streams.
The trail traverses many rock shelters and passes under two impressive waterfalls. The Empire State Plaza in Albany can be seen over ten miles away, as well as much of the surrounding region to a great distance.
I recently visited the Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville, NY. A network of loop trails traverse Lake Myosotis, Lincoln Pond, Rensselaerville Falls, both natural and man-made dams, and the surrounding watershed within the 2000 acre preserve.
I posted a gallery of photographs from my explorations. Overall, I felt the trails were easy going with pleasant views.
Just posted a gallery of Algonquin Peak photos. The second highest peak in New York State, Algonquin has uninterrupted views of the surrounding Adirondack region, and nearby peaks to explore—all in a day hike.
As of late June, the insects were not bad at all, I found it unnecessary to use bug spray. Overall, the hike was enjoyable, and an excellent warmup to the high peaks of the Adirondacks.
It took a few years, but I finally found a baseball cap that meets five basic criteria: 1. Fast drying fabric. 2. No button on top. 3. Not a walking banner. 4. Easily adjustable. 5. Nice colors.
The Kuhl Uberkuhl baseball cap meets all these criteria. I wrote a review outlining the details.
After a long bout of cheap sneakers, I decided to upgrade to some decent running shoes. After trawling REI reviews, I came upon a favorably rated pair: La Sportiva Wildcat Trail-Running Shoes.
I just wrote a review of the shoes with some pics. Overall, I am very happy with them. They are light, well cushioned, and well ventilated. I wear them pretty much all the time now…