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“Saturday, Part 1
I meet up with Pennsy at about 8:30am at St. Huberts. From there we spotted a car at a pull off for the Mossy Cascade Trail. After unloading packs from one car we were off to New Russia and the Rocky Peak Ridge trailhead. By 9:15 we were on our way up the trail. The first 100 yards or so were flat but from there on out it was a steady climb. The sun was out and things were already starting to heat up. At about 1.75 miles we reach the first of many places to catch views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. At about 2.5 miles we hit a rocky bump called Blueberry Cobbles. The Cobbles was duly named as its rocky slopes were covered with blueberry bushes. Some of the berries were ripe, but didn't seem to have much for flavor.
From Blueberry Cobbles we dropped down some elevation before climbing a number of false summits before reaching our fist sub peak named Bald Peak. The summit of Bald Peak was burned to bedrock back near the beginning of the 20th century. With the bare summit rock, Bald Peak had the feel of being above tree line without the elevation.
After Bald Peak we dropped down over 350 feet and then started the climb up Rocky Peak Ridge. We climbed multiple false summits with the final one giving us views of the summit to the west and Bald Peak and Lake Champlain to the east. From here we once again dropped some elevation and came to Marie Louise Pond at about 3900'. At the shallow mountain pond we pumped water while taking in the view of the climb ahead of us. A short climb from the pond we entered the old burn zone and made the steady climb up to the summit exposed to a nice cool breeze. After about 6 miles and over 4800' of elevation gain we reached the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. The summit offered us great views of the Dix Range, Great Range, Lake Champlain, Hurricane Mountain and Whiteface. But the real attention was the slide on the east side of Giant, which looked close enough to touch.
The next 1.1 mile hike from the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge to the summit of Giant of the Valley contained a 650' drop into the col and a steep 850' climb back out. Although there were people on the summit, there were far less there than we expected. Soon we had the summit to our selves; though it only lasted about 10 minutes it was nice. Before too long we decided to head down the backside of the mountain and to camp.
The upper potion of the trail was fairly steep and contained some rock slabs that would have been treacherous had it been raining. After about 1.25 miles and over 1500' of loss we reaches the trail junction at the col between Giant and Green Mountains. We went right and hiked a short .3 mile over flat terrain to a lean-to. To our good fortune the lean-to was empty. Not 10 minutes after unloading our gear into the shelter, the sky darkened and began a soaking downpour for about 20 to 30 minutes. After the rain we ate dinner and started a fire.
Distance: about 9 miles
Elevation: 5662' gain 3173' loss”
“How were the bugs up there? This year for some reason they haven't been bad around here.”
“Nice, Zac! The view from RPR and Blueberry Cobbles were spectacular. Are you using the anon G5 Powershot? The waterfall came out real nice! Nice report...”
“Thanks Treebeard. All my photos were taken with an Olympus C5060 WZ. There are still 2 more parts of the trip that I still need to write. I'll try and get tem up as soon as I can.”
“Sorry, for some reason, I thought you had the anon. We just bought one of those and anxious to try it out at Ithaca...”
“I wish I had a wider angled lens for Ithaca. I just barely fit Mossy Cascade in the shot and it's nowhere near the size of the falls in Ithaca.”
“The anon has a nice feature where you can split the screen between a few pictures and the computer will match them up, giving you a wider (or taller) finished product. This should be able to give me a more panoramic or heightened view, which may come in handy up there...”
Good report on Rocky-Giant. Excellent pictures too! Thanks for a little sampling of the hike before I do it myslef later this summer.
I think the wiews from Cascade are among the best in the Daks.
On the other hand, I'd have to say most of the peaks have the best views.”
“great pics man”
“thanks for sharing, zac!”
“Hey ya slacker, where's the day 2 trip report? ;o)
Cool pics. I'll try to get mine posted tonight.
Treebeard - is your camera really an anon or did you actually mispell Canon on 3 posts?”
“While we're patiently awaiting the official trip report for day 2, here are my pics.
They're pretty much the same as Zac's pics but take a peek if you wish. Hmmmm, how come Zac took no pics of me and vice versa, yet there is a pic of each of us on our albums? Are we vain or what!
my unoffical report for day 2 (Zac has all the official data and the fancy words):
After a good sleep in the Giant Mt lean-to, we descended on a wet, rocky, and slippery trail to the Hopkins Mt trail intersection. We took the side trail to Hopkins and Spread Eagle mts that included some fairly steep up and down ravines. We were socked in with fog (later on, Zac told a hiker we were "sacked" in) so no views.
Back to the trail (Mossy Cascade Trail?) where we descended down to St Huberts, stopping by the awesome Mossy Cascade waterfall along the way. We hopped in my Jetta and headed up the road to dayhike Cascade and Porter.
I don't know which trailhead we started at (see, this is why Zac should be doing this), but it was a 2.3 mile steady climb with about 2000' of vertical gain to Cascade. I was very impressed with the views from Cascade. Awesome!
After a snack break and enjoying a fantastic day on the summit, we descended down to the trail interesection and headed towards Porter. The trail descended down into a col before the final climb to Porter. Again, we were treated to amazing views, especially the awesome slides of Gothics.
After a short break, we headed back the way we came, hopped in the car again and treated ourselves to a yummy meal at the Noonmark Diner. Mmmmmmmmm.”
“talk about sinking like a rock. sheesh!”
“You're not kidding. I ran into a few snags last night so I didn't have time to write the rest of my report. Hopefully tonight I'll have time to do so.”
“"sacked" in Funny!
Thanks Pennsy for such a *cough* detailed report. Yeah, Porter's views are awesome! ...and you're so close to Big Slide from that peak.
If he's feeling well enough, my brother Joe and I are shooting for a Daks trip next week (probably Seward and Seymour) ...looks like Tues-Fri. If he can't make it, I'm probably going solo.
Yeah, I know I know ...they're weekdays...and you'll just be back from Ithaca. Geeeez! is anyone besides me NOT going to Ithaca?!”
“Mispronounce one word and everyone makes fun of you.
Thanks guys I appreciate it.
“I didn't even pick up on it but the hiker kept dwelling on it: "Sacked in, I never heard of that. Is that a new phrase or something." He probably mentioned it 3 times before I started cracking up.
Geez Mister M. Us working stiffs have to make a living ya know. I'm jealous you get to go up on those less crouded weekdays. Between you and me (no one listen, ok?), I'd rather be in the Dacks than Ithaca.
btw - it don't matter if my *cough* detailed reports are one word or a thousand words. No one reads anyway. ;o)”
“Sunday, Part 2
We woke up early the next morning and after a quick breakfast, hit the trail. Everything was still wet from the evening before's rain. After about a mile of hiking a seldom used trail, the lower half of me was soaked. Other than this the trail conditions were good and dry with the exception of a 100' long muddy section that we had to navigate through. At about 1.5 miles we hit the junction with the trail that we would take down to Keene Valley. From here it was a steep .2 miles to the open rock summit of Hopkins Mountain. Hopkins offers great views looking up the Ausable valley. Unfortunately for us all we could see was a field of white left by a thick fog. From Hopkins we hiked the .7 miles down the trail that took us to the top of the summit cliffs of Spread Eagle Mountain. The fog was starting to lift slowly as we made our way back to the trail junction. From the trail junction it was mostly down hill over good trail back to Route 73. At about .7 miles from the car we approached a waterfall named Mossy Cascade. The cascading waterfall was quite impressive. From Mossy Cascade we hiked down to the car and prepared for the next and final leg of our trip.
Distance: about 6 miles
Elevation: 1062' gain 3068' loss”
“Wow this thread sank faster than the Titanic.”
Thanks for posting Part II. Good read.
(*looking askance @ Pennsy*)
“I hope to get part III up tonight, but I have to pack for Ithaca first.”
“Sunday, Part 3
Our next stop was the parking area for Cascade and Porter Mountains. The first two parking areas were full and we ended up parking at third. At about .4 miles we crossed the only brook on the trail. Here we stopped to pump water for the remaining climb. From here the hike was mostly a steady climb for the next 1.5 miles. The trail was well maintained, though it was a bit too wide due to all the traffic up these mountains. There were people all along the short 2.4miles to the summit of Cascade. Soon we were just below the summit. The last 100' of elevation was on open rock and soon we were treated with full 360 degree views. After eating a small lunch we head down the way we came until we hit the trail junction with the Porter Mountain trail. The first tenth of a mile was all down hill. Once we hit the col, the trail turned muddy. Soon we reached an unoccupied Porter Mountain summit. Although they were partially blocked by trees in some directions, the views were amazing especially that of Gothics north face. After taking some pictures we made our way back to the car and drove down to Keene Valley where we stopped into the Noonmark Dinner for burgers and milkshakes. Once we finished eating we returned to the New Russia trailhead to pick up the other car and sign out at the register. We then went our separate ways as we both headed home.
Distance: about 7.88 miles
Elevation: 3113' gain 3113' loss
Total Weekend Distance: about 22 miles
Total Weekend Elevation: 9837' gain 9354' loss”
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