Blue Mountain hike, Central Adirondacks

kwc

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Another nice day for hiking so I decided to head up north and climb Blue Mountain. It has a fire tower on the summi. It also has a cell tower and another tower (not sure what its purpose is), both a bit unusual for the Adirondacks. Anyhow, while the trail isn’t long at 2 miles, it does climb 2400 feet in those 2 miles. In true Adirondack style, there are no switchbacks.

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just a bit of water on the trail
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One of the streams that the trail crosses
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rocks and roots
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rock steps
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some snow and ice on the trail
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first view from the trail
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snow spine along the trail. It was solid enough to walk on most of the time.
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the tower
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Blue Mountain Lake in the foreground. The two narrow lakes are Eagle and Utowana and the lake way in the distance is Racquette Lake. A long long time ago a friend and I canoed from Racquette down the Marion River, through Eagle and Utowana and into Blue Over two days.
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Lake Durant in the center, Stephens Pond beyond that. The Northville-Placid Trail passes by Stephens Pond

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I believe that it’s Long Lake in the center of the photo.
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High Peaks way off in the distance
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looking down from the tower. Summit of the mountain sits at 3759 feet. Not quite Rocky Mountain elevation but not too shabby for the Adirondacks.
 
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