yesterday we hiked rocky peak ridge, our thirty sixth adirondack high peak.
we chose to start from Rte 73 on the Zander Scott trail rather than from Rte 9 due to the shorter distance. while this choice offers less mileage, it certainly doesn't compromise elevation: 3,100+ vertical gain to rocky peak ridge. as soon as you sign in the trail register expect to start climbing!
i'll fully admit that i usually don't get my "hiking legs" until about 11:00 in the morning, making the first two hours of the climb mentally and physically challenging. it is not generally wise to start chipper conversations with me during the morning portion of a strenuous hike; you might get what adam calls my "morning bear" face.
despite my grumpy mcpooperface attitude early in the day, the hike was rewarding right from the get-go. in less than a half hour there are overlooks affording awesome views towards the dix mountain range. it was a little cloudy on the first half of our hike and we were lucky enough to catch a rainbow at our first pit-stop.
only ten more mountains left before we can score our patches!