Ascent of Noonmark Mountain on 2014-05-11

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos
Date:Sunday, May 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Noonmark Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3491 ft / 1064 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following a winter without hiking, we returned to Keene Valley mid May to "get our hiking legs back" and prepare for our 46-er finish. I felt myself becoming increasingly energized and excited to hike again once we began our drive from Exit 30 to St. Huberts. Our morning had felt hectic as it involved many detours. After 20 minutes on the road we returned to our home to retrieve the snow shoes we had left behind. We had read trip reports which indicated significant snow still remained on some of the peaks and we figured better safe than sorry. We later realized we would not need snow shoes or even the micro spikes we had packed. Near Schroon Lake we realized we forgot our food/lunch in our refrigerator at home so we stopped at a store to pick up some food for our hike. Once we reached the St Hubert's parking area, I grabbed my boots excited to hike but then quickly realized I grabbed the wrong boots and had picked up my new pair which had not been broken in yet. Despite these obstacles, we were determined to hike and found ourselves headed toward the Ausable Club with excitement and determination. We signed in to the trail register and began our hike up to Noonmark. The sign listed 2.1 miles on way. I knew it would likely feel longer as we had not hiked yet this year, and 2.1 miles does not leave a lot mileage room for flat elevation. Not soon after entering the trial (past some amazing houses that would be great to own) the trail began to climb in elevation. The climb was steady in elevation and easily marked. It felt good to be back in the ADK and hiking. We passed some areas of ice that had formed underneath some rocks. We continued to climb and we passed several lookouts which could be considered false summits. I was quickly reminded of the feeling one can encounter when you feel like you have perhaps reached the summit only to look up and see the "real" peak ahead which appears miles away and miles higher. The energy and excitement of being so close always allows me to pick up my pace a bit and soon we were at the actual summit marked by bolts and a summit marker. The summit is large and offers many areas to explore and take in some truly stunning views. We had clear open views of the Great Range, Giant and Dix. I don't think I will ever outgrow the absolute feeling of awe and amazement that I experience when I am standing on one peak and able to point out each peak that I have climbed thus far. After spending over an hour on the summit soaking up the sun and views, we decided to descend on the alternate trail than which we had climbed up. We welcomed the thought of different terrain and additional miles to bring us back in shape. As usual, about half way down the descent, I found myself wanting to be back at the car and not rock hopping each and every rock. As we returned to the trail head we both remarked on our desire to return to Noonmark, perhaps during the fall. We quickly detremined that following a hike of Noonmark and long absence from the peaks during the winter called for a stop at Noonmark Diner. I am always excited to slip into a booth and stare at the menu board while eating, slowly determining which pie will be consumed for dessert. Pie of course always tastes best when it is eaten with a discussion of which peak or hike should be tackled next.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Warm, Sunny, Windy and cooler on the summit. No rain.

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