Let's spend a morning exploring a secluded section of forest near Wells in the southern Adirondacks. In November, I enjoyed a short hike near the West Branch Sacandaga River that took me to a 30-foot tall waterfall and up a small ridgeline with a partially bald summit. Although no trails led the way, the woods were open except for some minor blowdown here and there.
Some people may remember Vly Creek Falls from a snowshoe hike up Southerland Mountain a couple years ago. This hike will be very similar, and have the same starting point. But the unnamed ridge on the town line between Wells and Hope in southern Hamilton County is less remote than Southerland, and so this hike will likely be concluded by early afternoon, if all goes well.
The view from the summit is one of the best in the Silver Lake Wilderness, and with a vista that includes many thousands of acres of wild terrain.
If snow conditions warrant, this will be a snowshoe hike. Some tricky stream crossings will be involved.
Photo: Vly Creek Falls
Photo: Summit of "Town Line Ridge"
Hiking Distance: Approximately 3.5 miles round-trip, nearly all of it off-trail. We will need to step across small creeks and climb about 400 feet.
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Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer event, you agree to assume full responsibility for the personal safety and well being of yourself and your guests.
Seasonal Conditions: This late in the year, wintry conditions should be expected. The days are short and cold, and snow may be present.
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