I am very late on posting this – actual date of hike… September 22, 2014
Personally, there’s no better way to spend your 26th birthday then hiking in the Adirondacks.
Our day started early, getting up at 5am so we could hit the road for out 2+ hour drive north by 5:45. We arrived at the Trail head just about 8am.
Brittney singing into the trail head!
We signed in to the Van Hoevenburg Trail at the Adirondack Loj to begin the day.
Trail sign at the trail head
some really cool walkways on the trail
Fall is coming!
We passed over Marcy Brook and arrived to the Marcy Dam at just about 9am.
post Irene bridge over Marcy brook
Marcy from Marcy Dam
After crossing over the dam we got a fairly good view of Marcy (UPDATE: I’m not really sure if that is Marcy…In other blogs and research I’m getting different stories…) , but the clouds offered a little bit of a let down. So far it hadn’t rained though, which was a plus!
on the right path!
A little assurance we were on the right path. We would be going farther on than the 2.0 miles to Phelps to tackle Tabletop first!
We started on our unforgettable trek up Tabletop at about 10:40am. We felt like we were trekking up a stream, the trail maintenance worker we had met earlier that day was right, we had not picked the best day to tackle Tabletop…
the trail to the summit of Tabletop
maneuvering the ponds of Tabletop
Summit reached at 11:59pm. The view from Tabletop was cold, wet and cloudy. We took cover with some trees and had a quick snack before heading down to the trailhead to Phelps.
The trailhead to Phelps!
The reported 1.0 mile trek up Phelps is said to be the “longest mile” of the 46 peaks. The GPS calculated this at more of 1.25 miles and we decided it was nothing compared to Marble!
The top of Phelps held some more surprises. The clouds began to break and we celebrated my birthday in style! Summit reached at about 2:33pm.
A yummy chocolate treat!
NOTE: we did not light the candle on the summit!
First use of my packs built-in rain cover!
Now it was time to head back down. Blue sky was in sight!
I think my favorite part is always the trek back down.
We reached the end of our trail at about 5pm. And realized I wasn’t the only one to celebrate their birthday on Phelps!
Hope Jake had a good birthday too!