Ampersand Mountain, June 22, 2019

This was the first time I’ve managed to hike Ampersand and it not be totally socked in with clouds, rain, fog and soup. On a gloriously sunny, cool, breezy and not-humid Saturday, the trailhead parking lot was a mob scene even early in the morning. We drove over from our campsite at Cranberry. Not wanting … More Ampersand Mountain, June 22, 2019

Dial, Nippletop, Colvin, Blake (and Colvin and Fish Hawk Cliffs)

Probably should have written a trip report four years ago when I did this. It was the first hike after a decent hiatus, and decided to see if I could make a grueling day. It was pretty much like this guy said, so I’ll outsource the details to him. I had enough water however, and … More Dial, Nippletop, Colvin, Blake (and Colvin and Fish Hawk Cliffs)

Bear Mountain

We tend to have to drive a lot to New York City / Long Island from Rochester to see my family. It’s not fun, and especially tantalizing always coming through the Poconos or Catskills or Harriman on the way down. In order to break up the monotony and make the trip more worthwhile, I’ve committed … More Bear Mountain

Prospect Mountain

If you stay in one of the kitchy 1960s style “resorts” on the west side of Lake George down in the village, you are walking distance from a lot of neat little shops and restaurants. It’s kitchy, but nothing like Gatlinburg, it has an old-timey vibe to it, and also a Long Island vibe too. … More Prospect Mountain

Windham High Peak

Breakfast at Long Island’s awesome Bagel Cafe, a quick visit to Suarez Family brewery for a wheat pils and some great views of the Catskills from the many orchards and farm fields near the brewery, and then into the Maplewood area and the Black Dome Range trailhead. The trail was recovering from a bit of … More Windham High Peak