Monday, September 26, 2011

Hiking - Tomany Mountain

Tomany Mountain has been on my radar for quite a while. It's a small peak near Arietta, NY, that used to have a fire tower, a trail and a view. Now it has none of those. The fire tower was removed over 40 years ago, the trees have grown up obscuring any hope of a view, and the formerly marked trail was abandoned and is no longer maintained. But the trail is still shown on topo maps, and is supposedly still fairly easy to follow. So, with today headed for near 80 degrees and brilliant sun, Holly and I decided to give it a try.

The trail starts from a parking area on NY-10, and rises only a little over a mile to the wooded summit. Along the way, occasional old telephone poles with wire dangling told us we were in the right place. After losing the faint path for a while, we bushwhacked for a short distance and then rejoined it near the summit, where we found the ruins of the former ranger cabin.



This is probably the clearing where the fire tower once stood. There's no sign of it now at all.



The arrival of fall colors was well underway in the southern Adirondacks. Holly snapped this shot looking overhead as we relaxed on the summit under a clear blue sky.



On the trip down, we managed to stay on the clearest path with no bushwhacking. There were still occasional red trail markers on some of the trees.

On the way home, we made the requisite ice cream stop, and were home by mid-afternoon after a very nice day outside.

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