in 4 short weeks matt and i will be climbing giant mountain and rocky peak ridge. so, in preparation we took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday and hiked up hadley mountain. it is a small mountain in the southern adirondacks recorded at 2,653 ft elevation. there is a fire tower at the top of the mountain that was built due to many fires in the area in the early 1900's. the tower was originally wood but rebuilt in steel in the 20's. it is still opened and used seasonally along with a cabin near the top used by the summit steward. the cabin windows and doors were boarded when we went to check it out but found a fire ring and beautiful view of the surrounding mountains from the small front porch.
the hike was amazing. there were many trees uprooted along the trail as well as many boulders exposed. both of which have been caused by the fires i mentioned earlier. we noticed a few small flowers and of course heard and spotted a few sweet chipmunks on the hike.
it was very windy and chilly at the top though matt and i managed to find a nice big rock near some trees to lounge on and soak up some sun before heading back down the trail.
hope you had a wonderful Easter!