Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County Guide Book

by Gary Fallesen (Footprint Press)
Peak Experiences Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County  by Gary Fallesen

288pp/topo maps/photos/elevation charts
ISBN: 0965697401

This guidebook leads you on a quest. Be the first (besides the author) to bag the highest point of each county of New York State — there’s 62 to be conquered. Some are barely molehills that can be driven by; others are significant mountain peaks that require a good days climb. All promise the exhilaration of new discoveries. Can you name the highest point of the county where you live? Chances are pretty high that you’ll be wrong. As Gary Fallesen researched the summits he repeatedly came across “experts” who steered him wrong. Local belief often differs from factual reality. In this book you’ll learn not only where the real Peak Experiences are, but how to get there. Fallesen delved into the history of each high point as well. With his guidance you’ll meet the people populating the high points today and the peaks in history.

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Trails from the "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 56.
... Preview: The AT&T tower is a mile marker for the Albany County Airport 25 miles away. It also is a marker showing visitors where the high point is located. You can see the giant tower from several miles in all ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Rensselaerville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: The relics stand among the trees. Pieces of oil equipment now unused. It is reminiscent of the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, rusted over from years of inactivity. Oil gave this part of the state a boom ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Wellsville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.5
... Preview: Sam Costello made the "steep climb" about one-half mile up the hill across the road from his gun repair shop many times. He always hunted there and he and his wife, Elma, used to look after the proper ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Sanford, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
... Preview: It is referred to as the "Enchanted Mountains Region," a part of the county that features peaks and gullies and strange geological formations. Four Mile Valley saw the first oil well in this part of t ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Allegany, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
... Preview: We have celebrated birthdays at roller-skating rinks, laser-tag courses, pizza places, bowling alleys, even the zoo. But for his 10th birthday, my son chose a very different type of party. It is an id ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Sempronius, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
... Preview: Some families have the luxury of being able to sleep on a high point because their homes were built on private property that stands above all the rest of the land in that particular county. The Carlso ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Frewsburg, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
... Preview: Janell Sullivan knows a thing or two about height. Her husband, Monty, is a pilot and the owner and president of Harris Hill Soaring Corporation. Harris Hill is the Glider Capital of America. The fact ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Post Creek, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
... Preview: When, in the late 1970s, the Pedigo family bought from Charles Sherman the side of the hill on Sherman Hill Road that reaches for the sky, the top was fairly cleared. They planted three-inch pines on ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Sanford, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
... Preview: This is what to do if you're taking a novice here to hike: Stop on the way at your favorite sandwich shop and get something delicious wrapped up to reward the climber for reaching the summit. When my ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Lyon Mountain, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: The man at the gate into Taconic State Park in Copake Falls looked into the backseat of the car and saw two young children. "Are they going with you?" he asked after I'd inquired about the best way up ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Copake Falls, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
... Preview: It's not Mount Olympus, but you can reach Cortland County's pinnacle by grabbing a chairlift to the top of Zeus. It is one of the many slopes down Greek Peak Ski Resort. Chairlift No. 4 goes to within ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Virgil, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
... Preview: Poor Dry Brook Ridge. It is the 37th tallest mountain in the Catskills, but it might as well be mud. The highest point on the ridge (found at 3,460 feet several miles southeast of the Village of Marga ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Prattsville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
... Preview: I have sat where the Four Corners of the Southwest meet—one hand in New Mexico, one hand in Colorado, and my feet in Utah and Arizona. I have stood off the northern coast of Denmark, where two seas co ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Copake Falls, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
... Preview: Jim Kandra hid the copper marker that the U.S. Geodetic Survey placed on his hill back in 1903, back before it was his hill and he was, well, Jim Kandra. He is protective of this place he has called h ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Scott Corners, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.9
... Preview: Those climbers whose noses are as high as the peaks they have ascended look down at the mountains of New York. If you have returned from the "Death Zone" or been over 20,000 feet on a Denali or even t ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Tahawus, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.8
... Preview: The first Adirondack peak I traversed was where the notion of the great Adirondack Park—the nation's biggest state park—was first conceived in 1870. Verplanck Colvin stood atop Seward Mountain, survey ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Saranac Lake, NY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
... Preview: Fulton County likes to call itself the "Gateway to the Adirondacks." If nothing else, this county could be your gateway to an Adirondack Quest. The Quest is a program conceived by Don Baird of the Gen ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Caroga Lake, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
... Preview: Who says golf is a good walk spoiled? That's only true if you take a cart. Besides, you'll want to play a round of golf when you reach the high point of Genesee County; otherwise you won't get much ex ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Linden, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Darkness moved in and the gloom of a rainy autumn day made the air heavy and cold as I descended the Spruceton Trail from the summit of Hunter Mountain, the second-highest point in the Catskill Mounta ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Hunter, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: The peak, once known as Squaw Bonnet, is now regarded as the Marcy of the southern Adirondacks. It is called this because it is the tallest mountain in the region and because it is the most popular hi ... From the guidebook "Peak Experiences: Hiking the Highest Summits in New York, County by County"
Indian Lake, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6