I was looking forward to introducing people to one of my favorite hiking spots when I lived in Pittsburgh. We had a great time and enjoyed all the different landscapes (pine forests! rhododendrons! boulder fields! ski slopes!) and the layers of crunchy ice on the trail.
All in all, it was a great and challenging route and one worth doing. My main advice is to make sure that you are comfortable and confident with hiking off trail and with using a GPS and compass to navigate.
In an attempt to learn from our previous winter ADK trips, we booked two weekends on our calendar in January to try to do the trip in acceptable weather. As things worked out, the weather was acceptable for the first weekend. Acceptable by winter ADK standards involved 40-50 MPH winds at the summit of Whiteface... Continue Reading →