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.
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.
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.