Yesterday, I joined a Schenectady ADK hike to a series of small knobs on the west end of the ridge near Moxham Mountain, near Minerva. A new trail to Moxham's summit was cut this past summer, shown below in yellow, and we used it to reach the top of the ridge before turning west. There, we left the trail and bushwhacked a clockwise loop (red) around some of the trailless western knobs, all with open rock and great views.
|Pictures below are keyed to the numbers shown|
|View to the north from Ridge #0|
|Moxham's summit from Ridge #0|
|Moxham from Knob #1|
|Cliffs on Knob #2|
|The open summit of Knob #3|
|View northwest from Knob #4. NY-28 is at center.|
|Knob #5 from Knob #4. Knob #2 is at right.|
|Panorama from south-facing cliffs on western end of Knob #5|
|Crane Mountain in the distance|
|One last open view of Moxham's summit from Knob #5|
|A northern view from Knob #5?|
|A large very FLAT patch of reindeer lichen|
On the way in, we had passed a trailside beaver pond without stopping for a look, so we made that slight side trip now. It was a pretty spot, with an old dam and beaver lodge still in evidence.
From there, it was a short climb back over Ridge #0, and then downhill to the cars.
This was a spectacular hike with rugged terrain and a plethora of views from the various knobs. A return visit to Knob #5 alone would be well worth the effort.