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Friday, July 26th 2013

7:21 PM

Wakely Mtn NY 7/26/13

      Wakely is a 3774' mountain in the southwestern Adirondacks.  It has an 82 foot fire tower and great views of many distant mountains and lakes.  My friend Gary and I started our ascent at 9:30 AM. 

     The first two miles go along an abandoned road.  Here we saw a lot of Indian pipes and one small toad.  We hiked through a pretty birch forest.  There were two small bridges across small streams.  Then we started on the last mile, which goes up very steeply and has many areas of smooth slant rock faces to surmount.  Just before we reached the summit we came to a large helicopter landing pad, which was built evidently to help repair and maybe eventually replace the old fire tower nearby.

     Finally at 12:12 PM we reached the summit and had lunch on the porch of the abandoned and locked former care taker's cabin.  Here we met the only other hiker we saw all day, but he soon left and we had the summit all to ourselves.  The weather predictions for this area had been Mostly Sunny but actually it started out Mostly Cloudy and only improved to Mostly Sunny when we were coming out at the end of our hike.  It was a pleasant 72 degrees with almost no wind, except a bit when we went up in the fire tower.

    The views from the firetower were great.  I recognized some of the high peaks in the distance such as Algonquin, Colden, Marcy and Dix.  Nearby we could see Blue Mountain, Snowy Mountain, and Gore Mountain.  Off to the west we could see Raquette Lake.  It was mesmerizing. 

     On our way back down we saw two frogs in a puddle.  We left the top at 1:17 PM and took our time moseying back down.  We were out at 4:00 PM.  It's a very interesting mountain and well worth visiting again.

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