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We were invited to some friends’ cabin for the weekend. Had an amazing time! We hiked in the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area. And we pitched our tent in our friends’ back yard which has a breathtaking view of the Schroon River with Nippletop Mt in the distance.

We hiked to the bottom and the top of Roaring Brook Falls first.

View from the top of Roaring Brook Falls

View from the top of Roaring Brook Falls

Neon-orange mushrooms on the trail

Neon-orange mushrooms on the trail

Then we took the trail to The Giant’s Washbowl.

Giant's Washbowl

Giant's Washbowl

Our campsite!

View from our tent: Schroon River below us, Nippletop Mt. in the distance

View from our tent: Schroon River below us, Nippletop Mt. in the distance

Had a great hike up Bromley Mountain on Sunday, July 19. It was a PERFECT day for hiking: mostly sunny and a temp in the low 70s. This was a fairly moderate hike up the trail. Some steep sections and lots of mud. Saw many people on the trail.

The view from the summit is incredible. We climbed the observation tower for some great 360 views of surrounding mountains. It was extremely windy (must have been 60 mph!). We climbed down the tower and sat in a small clearing where we rested and had lunch.

Total: about 5 miles

View from the observation tower

View from the observation tower

Tons of wildflowers at the summit

Tons of wildflowers at the summit

Saturday, July 11, found us with our hiking group at Shelving Rock Mountain and Shelving Rock Falls in Lake George.

The mountain trail is fairly easy. All of the elevation is in the beginning. The actual summit view is obscured by lots of trees. But, our group leader found a short side trail to a cliff that has an amazing view of Lake George with Cat Mountain in the background.

Lake George

Lake George

The short trail to Shelving Rock Falls is very easy with some gorgeous views.

Near the top of Shelving Rock Falls

Near the top of Shelving Rock Falls

Found on the trail

Found on the trail

We had a great hike here on Sunday, July 5. ┬áThe beginning of the trail is quite steep up stone steps. After the initial ascent, it’s pretty level and easy. Lots of mud from all the recent rain.

Total: 3.4 miles

Vertical rise: 1,265 feet

View from the summit of Harmon Hill

View from the summit of Harmon Hill

AT sign near the summit

AT sign near the summit

On the trail, we met up with several people: some families out for a nice hike; one guy who was out for a two-week backpacking trip; another guy with an “AT” cap who carried a massive pack; a couple of solo hikers. We also met Doug who was out with his two sons, Caleb and Micah. They’re from Tucson, AZ and their goal is to hike most of Vermont’s Long Trail. I hope they make it!

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