Sawyer Mountain, NY: 9/17/10

For our last full day of vacation, we were looking for another kid-friendly hike that we could pull off in half a day. A short drive, to a short walk, with 800 feet of vertical and a nice view — Sawyer Mountain fit the bill.

trail to Sawyer Mountain NY

The DEC trailhead is on the west side of Route 28/30 about 4.5 miles north of Indian Lake. The hiking starts out with a gradual pitch and never really gets steep over the mile or so to the top.

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Watch Hill in Indian Lake, NY

With a week of vacation in the Adirondacks and a four-year old who’s ready to start hiking, we’ve been keeping our eye out for kid friendly destinations. We took a tip from an experienced goreskimom and decided to check out Watch Hill on the western shore of Indian Lake.

View from Watch Hill Indian Lake NY

The “trailhead” is completely unmarked but we were lucky enough to find it. I snapped this photo to make it easier for others to find. From Indian Lake head south on Route 30. This spot is 1.2 miles south of the Snowy Mountain Trailhead on Route 30.

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La Niña Winter Forecast

NOAA and many other forecasters are calling for a La Niña winter. The map below isn’t a forecast for this winter as much as it’s an overview of weather conditions of the La Niña winters past.

la nina winter forecast

El Niño winters, like last year, seem to be more boom or bust for Eastern skiers. La Niña seems less likely to be extreme in either direction. From a seasonal snow total perspective an average year would be a major improvement in the Adirondacks. For the Catskills, last year is going to be hard to beat.

This map matches the winter forecast by Joe Bastardi posted in August.