Showing posts from July, 2016

Ausable Chasm, the Grand Canyon of the East

Ausable Chasm is called the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks because it is a gigantic sandstone gorge on the east coast. Sure it is no Grand Canyon, but I was so pleasantly surprised and delighted the magnitude of Ausable Chasm. It is America's oldest natural attraction, open for exploring since 1870. You can walk the 4 different trails (2 miles one way) and explore Rainbow Falls, the ins and outs of the gorge, raft the water, and you can even rock climb and adventure if you pay for a guide. Worth the trip, ya'll!

Hiking Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks

Our great family road trip through the Adirondacks allowed us to fit in one hike with the most rewarding view: Cascade Mountain. It was the first hike of the season and I would be lying if I said it was easy. It was a moderate hike with some steep points, but once you're at the summit you feel so positive and happy that you got 360 views out of it it no longer matters. Also, it was the perfect day for a hike as it was overcast the whole time, and the rain only started towards the end.
Hike Length: 4.8 miles rountrip (7.7)  Hike Time: 4 hours total  Peak Elevation: 4,098 feet (1,249m)

Family Road Trip through the Adirondacks

Every Memorial Day, my family goes up to the Catskills in upstate New York to kick off the summer. This year, in honor of it being the year my dad turns 60 (whoa!), we all took some extra days off to take a family road trip up to the Adirondacks. Adirondack Park is as big as Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. It consist of 46 mountain peaks (highest is Mt. Marcy at 5,344), lakes, and canyons; and it is a great place to hike, canoe, swim, ski, zipline, and whatever else your outdoorsy heart desires!

My dad has been wanting to see Ausable Chasm for years, so I did some research on the towns we could drive through, mountains we could hike and drive up, and sites we could visit on our way to the Grand Canyon of the East! This post has photos of the stops we made, and I will make separate posts about our fantastic hike on Cascade Mountain, as well as our day spent exploring Ausable Chasm.

Cohoes Falls First stop: Cohoes Falls in the city of Cohoes, …