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Old 02-12-2013, 12:36 PM   #1
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Your Top Non-Summit Views in the ADK High Peaks

Regarding views in the Adirondack High Peaks region, I often see the discussion about top N summit views (e.g. from Haystack). Since there are many great views to be had in the high peaks off-summit, I thought I'd solicit people's top 5 or 10 views in the high peaks which are not from a summit. They could be either from the trail, herdpath, or from a bushwhack.

I was pondering this during lunch today, so to get the ball rolling here are mine (in no particular order):

* Avalanche Lake from Avalanche Pass
* Panorma of the Flowed Lands
* Lower Ausable Lake from the dam
* Indian Pass and Wallface Mtn from Scott Clearing
* Panorama across Heart Lake from the Indian Pass Trail
* View from Marcy Dam (pre-Irene)
* Rainbow Falls (from the base)
* View from the Trap Dyke back towards Avalanche Lake
* View from Adirondack Loj road (esp. at sunset)
* Rocky Falls off Indian Pass Trail

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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My favorite... Lower Ausable Lake from Fish Hawk Cliffs
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:30 PM   #3
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In random order:


MacNaughton viewed from Wallface Ponds.



MacIntyre range viewed from a nameless bog along the trail to Wallface ponds.



View from the outlet of Lake Mary-Louise.




MacIntyre Range viewed from above Uphill Falls (en route to Redfield).



Any view of Colden from Lake Colden.



Hanging Spear Falls.


I may add to this list when I find the photos ...
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:29 PM   #4
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Trail Boss, the view from Uphill Brook was the first that came to mind.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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Almost anywhere along Pitchoff, excluding the summit!
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:11 PM   #6
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Trail Boss, the view from Uphill Brook was the first that came to mind.
Ditto....

Also a few other favorites of mine are:

The view of the Macs' from Indian Falls
The view from Duck Hole
The view off of the first brother on the way up Big Slide.
Pretty much anything above the washbowl on the Zander Scott ridge trail.
(the washbowl is also pretty)
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:34 PM   #7
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Some great ones named so far. Looking up at all the slides on the NE side of Dix from the Round Pond trail crossing is pretty good. So is the view of the Macs from the open south ridge of Macnaughton. View back to the Four Corners area & surrounding peaks from the open slide/brook on the way up Marshall is nice. Looking up at Marcy from Lake Tear is memorable. East bowl of Giant from various points on RPR is A+. Can't forget the Noonmark Diner from Rt. 73 after an exhausting day. Good times, good times.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:50 PM   #8
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Not sure if this counts, but the views from the Lake Placid turn and Wilmington turn on the Whitface Toll Road are my faves (as well as some of the lower overlooks).
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Lake Tear of the clouds.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #10
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  • View from Schofield Cobbles
  • View from anywhere on the Jay Mountain ridge (although I don't know if you count that as being in the High Peaks Region)
  • Avalanche Pass & Lake Colden
  • Fish Hawk Cliffs
  • False Summit Bump on the East Side of Wyman (marked elev. 809 on the topo map)
  • View of Elk Lake from Macomb Slide
  • The flume of the Opalescent
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:03 PM   #11
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Great thread.

One of my favorites is Wolf Pond

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1lg6vim6k1b0eah/ysDxpjVvE8
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #12
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These are slight twists on things that have already been posted:
  • The 360 degree view from the center of Avalanche Lake, in winter
  • The view of Indian Head from Fish Hawk Cliffs
  • Not too far above the washbowl on the Zander Scott trail, there is a view that includes the washbowl, the Great Range, and the Dix Range
  • View of the Macs from the Tabletop herd path
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:20 PM   #13
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The view of the Cold River, Sewards, Seymour, Sawtooths, and even Whiteface from the side of the Panther ridge on the way to Couchie.
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The view of a Schultzy Burger after a day of hiking at the Lake Placid Brewery!
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The view of the Cold River, Sewards, Seymour, Sawtooths, and even Whiteface from the side of the Panther ridge on the way to Couchie.
Definately a beautiful view. Great place to stop for a rest and soak in the views
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Sitting by Lake Colden with Algonquin and Colden keeping me and my dog company, not even mentioning the lake itself.

Sitting at Pharaoh Lake looking across it up at Pharaoh Mountain's profile, while listening to the lake's loons.

Looking down at Opalescent Brook on the way to Marcy from Lake Colden.
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Great input, gang! You had me recalling other great views, too :-)
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I guess I'm alittle more mainstream. I think the view of the macs from Indian Falls followed by Colden from Marcy dam early in the morning and the panoramic that unfolds as you walk out into flowed lands. Those are my favorites
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Agree with a bunch of other posts...

-Indian Head/Fish Hawk Cliffs
-Overlooks along Scenic Trail to Sawteeth
-Lower Ausable Lake
-Burn area on Noonmark
-Macomb Slide
-View of Gothics from Range Trail up Saddleback
-Avalanche Lake
-Schofield Cobbles on Marcy
-Flowed Lands
-The Brothers overlooks
-Jay Range
-Pitchoff
-Beckhorn
-Overlook on Cascade
-Big Boulder near Porter
-Open rock on S Dix (Carson)
-View into Hunters Pass from above
-Lake Jimmy view of Mt Adams
-Rocky Peak Ridgeline
-Anywhere on the Mcintyre Range
-Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge

So many times a glance over the shoulder as I ascend or a peek through the trees offers a tantalizing glimpse and motivation to reach a summit with views.
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