A Hike up Snowy Mountain and Camping with my Stepfather in The Adirondacks

Our next stop was one that I had been looking forward to for months – a visit with my stepfather! He took vacation from work and met us in one of his favorite sections of the Adirondacks near the town of Speculator for a few days of camping, hiking, and relaxing. We set up at Mofffitt Beach Campground on the lovely Sacandaga Lake and spent our first afternoon chatting around the campfire and catching up.

View of Sacandaga Lake from below campsite on Moffitt Beach, New York

View of Sacandaga Lake from below campsite on Moffitt Beach, New York

Having a beer and catching up around the fire, Moffitt Beach, New York

Having a beer and catching up around the fire, Moffitt Beach, New York

Love a good campfire, Sacandaga Lake, Moffitt Beach, New York

Love a good campfire, Sacandaga Lake, Moffitt Beach, New York

My two favorite guys sitting around the campfire, Moffitt Beach, New York

My two favorite guys sitting around the campfire, Moffitt Beach, New York

The next morning we set out to do the 7+ mile hike up Snowy Mountain near Indian Lake. The trail climbs about 2,000 feet up to the 3,899 foot summit, with 1,300 of those feet gained in the last mile. I have conflicting views on switchbacks (on the one hand, I would gladly take a shorter distance on some hikes, but on the other hand, switchbacks are less fatiguing and make the experience more enjoyable, especially on hikes that are greater than 2,000 – 3,000 feet in elevation gain) but with this trail I would have been in favor of some. Some minor scrambling got us to the top though and provided lovely views over Indian Lake; a few minutes walk along the ridge brought us to the fire tower which then granted us a full 360 degree vista.

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Toad, Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Toad, Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Robert on Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Robert on Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Robert, Tom, and Abby on the last ascent, Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Robert, Tom, and Abby on the last ascent, Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Robert, Tom, and I at top of Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

Robert, Tom, and I at top of Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Windy as hell on top of the fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

Windy as hell on top of the fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

View from atop the fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

View from atop the fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

View from atop the fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

View from atop the fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

Tom and I atop fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

Tom and I atop fire tower, Snowy Mountain, Adirondacks, New York

The descent, Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

The descent, Snowy Mountain Trail, Adirondacks, New York

Other than our hike and a visit to the Adirondack Museum, which I’ll post about tomorrow, we all really enjoyed relaxing around the fire and chatting. Robert had brought an inflatable kayak with the intention of puttering around the lake and doing some fishing, but it was really nice to just kick back… and so we did. I roasted a bunch of delicious garden zucchini, squash, potatoes, and other veggies on the fire and made some black beans, we walked around a section of the shore of Lake Sacandaga, us three humans drank a few beers, and Abby lounged by the fire: It was perfect.

View from camp on Sacandaga Lake, Moffitt Beach, New York

View from camp on Sacandaga Lake, Moffitt Beach, New York

View from near camp on Sacandaga Lake, Moffitt Beach, New York

View from near camp on Sacandaga Lake, Moffitt Beach, New York

Roasting fresh garden veggies and potatoes on the fire, Moffitt Beach, New York

Roasting fresh garden veggies and potatoes on the fire, Moffitt Beach, New York

Smoke from the fire not working in our favor – but Robert and I, Moffitt Beach, New York

Smoke from the fire not working in our favor – but Robert and I, Moffitt Beach, New York

Not much better over here... Moffitt Beach, New York

Not much better over here… Moffitt Beach, New York