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  • Lake George 12'ster Research Hike

    Some people think getting to a peak is getting the peak done. For me part of it is how you get it done.

    I have this idea of hiking from Dacy Clearing to Black Mountain and back. Doing this, you could do Black Mountain, Erebus Mountain and Sleeping Beauty all in one day.

    Yesterday I woke up and was sick. I have also been nursing a calf injury. But my wife is away for the weekend and it was a good time to go. After stinking up the bathroom at the Adirondacks information center I figured I had to be empty so how much trouble could I get in.

    I got to Dacy Clearing closely following a Honda Accord. Note to all Accord owners - they only scrapped bottom once. My 2007 Buick LaCrosse made it like a champ!

    I hiked up to Bumps pond pretty quick and the calf was doing good. The trail to Fishbrook Pond was flat and fast but my feet were pretty soggy. The trail was just leaves, puddles and streams. The pond was beautiful and I forced myself to take some food. I could not tell if it was sick or hungry. Either way I needed food to keep hiking so I figured I would eat and see what happened.

    This whole day I was really happy for my trekking poles. Between poll vaulting puddles, tight rope walking slimy logs and keeping me from falling down in the slimy leaves they were great.

    I am embarrassed to say I got confused where I was. At the ponds outlet I took a snow mobile trail after the bridge instead of staying along the pond with the hiking trail. Thank God they ended up in the same place. Reconnecting with the hiking trail I headed to Millman Pond. I lost the trail just before the height of land in a boggy area. I looked at my map and hiking in the direction I thought the trail should go I reconnected with it. Note to all - sometimes the hiking trail and snow mobile trail follow different tracks. Sometime after the height of the land my calf began to have a dull ache. I was not going to go all the way to Black Mountain by myself with an aching calf. I turned around happy that I proved to myself that a healthy Bunchberry could do this hike.

    Back at Fishbrook Pond I headed toward Erebus on the Fishbrook Pond-Lake George Trail. I started to drink now for the first time and was able to keep down water. That was good.

    Away from the lake the Fishbrook Pond-Lake George Trail heading down to Lake George was rougher than the other trails I had been on. I made the left turn onto the Erebus Slope trail toward Erebus and headed up. At the height of the land there was a piece of tape on a tree. There was another piece of tape on another tree in the direction of the summit of Erebus. Alone and in the state I was in I was not going to follow it. But I would be up for it with my son in the future. Continuing toward Bumps Pond the red trail hooks up with a blue trail. The blue trail treads through a very swampy area. Last week 4 inches of rain was dumped on the region. I could not believe the amount of water slowly draining away one week later. At one point I thought I would be cut off from Bumps Pond but like Gollum in the Dead Marshes the trail made it through.

    Back at Bumps Pond I was feeling ok so I headed up Sleeping Beauty.

    The Summit was filled with people. Upon summiting one woman exclaimed "Its like you can touch the sky and all the other mountains!" This place is a ridiculous zoo by serious hiker standards. There was a guy hiking with beer in his hand, a woman trying to keep her pink sneakers clean on soggy muddy trails, groups of 12 girls at a time and hordes of people on the summit. But every one was loving it. Everyone was happy. Everyone was thrilled to be there. And in the end that is what it is all about. That is what I focus on in these situations.

    I was able to eat and drink on the summit so that was good. And the view was amazing.

    I made it down to Dacy clearing and out the one car at a time road without bumping into another car so that was a bonus.

    In the words of The Terminator "I'll be back".

    A link to the DEC map of the area:

    https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/lands_fo...aplgwfeast.pdf

    More information about hiking in the area:

    https://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/...t-4-10-4-11-10


    Last edited by Bunchberry; 10-28-2019, 08:22 PM. Reason: Added so trail names and links
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  • #2
    That's a nice area. MANY years ago we spotted a car at the Pilot Knob trailhead, then drove around to Pike Brook road and did a point to point hike of Black, Sleeping Beauty and Buck. Really nice trip, about 18 miles in all.

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    • Bunchberry
      Bunchberry commented
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      That sounds like a good day!

  • #3
    Did you visit the true summit of Sleeping Beauty? You walked right by it between Bumps Pond and the SB lookout that most people incorrectly assume is the summit. Just curious... for the 12ster I think either the true summit or the lookout are acceptable to check that mountain off the list.

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    • #4
      I saw the tape for the true summit and hiked right past it. I am not into true summits so much.
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      • #5
        This is so funny. I was googling about the area and found the link below. NDRU had the same idea in April. I don't remember the post but I definitely read it because I commented in it. I wonder if I got the idea of this trip from him and it submerged in my mind and resurfaced at the end of the summer. He ran into way more water than me! His trip makes mine look like a desert adventure!

        https://www.adkhighpeaks.com/forums/...black-mountain
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        • #6
          Will you be going for all 3 again when you go back? Have you considered hiking from Pike Brook Road? Makes the hike a little easier (especially in winter or low-clearance vehicle), and a little bit quieter than the Dacy/Hogstown trailheads.



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          • Bunchberry
            Bunchberry commented
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            You are correct the hiking probably is easier but the driving is harder. I did Black Mountain from Pike Brook three weeks ago and my car smelled like transmission fluid when I got to the parking lot! The engine definitely had a hard time. I am coming from the south and the drive would take longer. I probably would not do the whole hike in the winter. I am a pretty slow hiker. Thanks for bringing it up!

          • Makwa
            Makwa commented
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            Just to clarify for others who might be considering this hike and deciding between trailheads... the paved road from the highway climbs about 300 feet over 0.75 miles to the trailhead on Pike Brook. The road into Hogtown is several miles of gravel road and then if you want to go into Dacy Clearing another 1.6 miles on a rougher dirt road. Driving to the trailhead on the east side of Black (Pike Brook) is far easier than getting to the one in the south (Hogtown). At least that has been my experience. Is the drive longer to Pike Brook if coming from the south? Yes... but it is a nice drive with some decent scenery.
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