Two Glorious Fall Adirondack Summits

September 24, 2009 at 9:50 pm 2 comments

Today, from Lake Placid we headed north and west into the Santa Clara Tract, a large area of state land recently purchased from a large lumber company. There is still some working commercial forest in the area, where conservation easements allow recreational access to its many ponds and remote summits.

Azure Mountain

Azure Mountain has one of the relatively few remaining fire towers in the Adirondacks. It’s maintained, and staffed during the summer months, by Azure Mountain Friends, a local volunteer group, in concert with NYSDEC. From the tower, there are 360-degree views, but the views from a south-facing ledge seemed even more impressive and close-up. The fall colors were magnificent, and we hated to leave.




The Pinnacle

This small peak lies a little north of Azure, with a short walk of only about a half-mile to its summit. The views were not quite as expansive as from Azure, but they were a great reward for very little effort.



Entry filed under: New York Summits.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. adk46r2783  |  October 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Sir Loin, for what it’s worth, in your latest update it appears you gave me credit for the wrong “Pinnacle”. There are many in NYS, along with “Mud Pond”, “Rock Lake”, etc, etc. The correct one is here:

    or click the “The Pinnacle” heading link above.

    I may someday actually get to the other one, and will need it to count. Not that I’m obsessive or anything…

  • 2. sirloinofbeef  |  October 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for catching that. I’d hate to see us complete all ~500,000 peaks and still have one to do – all because of clerical error. It’ll get fixed tonight.



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