There are 46-mile trails to hike in the Adirondacks, and then there are 1 mile ones. As much as I’d have loved to sweat it out going for the big ones, the 1-mile Mount Arab route was all I had time for. Shame.
Short distance, far-reaching vistas and a fire tower to climb at the top to see even further – that’s the kind of hike I like.
Our guide Joan Collins started us off up the hill. One of the most exciting points for me was getting to ‘sign in’ on the trail like I’d seen Cheryl Strayed do in Wild and Alexander McCandless in Into the Wild. It’s just so people know if you’re still out there, but I’ve only ever seen it in the movies so to me it was intriguing.
Views from the top
The whole group of us made it to the top, no bother. I may have been in the group that raced ahead. Oops.
One mile on a trail is a lot harder than one mile on the road, so people kept telling me, so it was a good job Joan had a supply of protein bars when we got to the top. We needed our strength.
Check out these incredible views to the lakes…
It didn’t take long for them to become even better once I mounted the fire tower atop the mountain. People used to sit up there for days on end looking out for fires to warn the others. The structures have been left now, for the aesthetics both to look at and from.
The Mount Arab hike was a simple one we managed up and down in two hours, with obvious selfie and snack breaks in between.
Good fun if you find yourself in the Adirondacks!