For you westerners, the Adirondacks are not part of the Appalachians. They are their own range with their own unique characteristics. The Appalachians are ridgy, washboard-like mountain range. The Adirondacks, in contrast, are lumpier and, in my view, more interesting. Although not a high barrier, there are a couple of peaks that top out over 5000 feet and a number of very nice smaller mountains covered with beautiful forests and surrounded by lakes, ponds, and streams that are fantastic for canoeing and kayaking.
Yesterday we spent some time near Tupper Lake. Clear days with good visibility are rare during summer in the Adirondacks, but yesterday was beautiful with low humidity. In the distance we could spy Whiteface Mountain and the Seward Range, which top out above 4000 feet.
Today I did a quick morning hike up Hadley Mountain in the southeast Adirondacks. It's a quintessential Adirondack hike through dense hardwoods ending at a fire tower. Along some stretches, the thin topsoil had eroded away leaving a sidewalk-like rock surface for old-school hiking.
Like most Adirondack hikes, such smooth surfaces never last long and most of you time you're dealing with trail that has eroded into a knee knocking creek bed. No smooth single track here.
When in operation, the circular table below would have a map on it to aid in identifying fire locations.
A nearby cabin provided living quarters for the rangers. The one on Hadley Mountain is well maintained and was receiving a fresh coat of paint this morning.
Views today were limited by haze, but still enjoyable. Looking north toward Gore Mountain.
And south toward the Great Sacandaga Lake.