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Old 07-14-2006, 09:55 AM   #1
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Suggested hike for 5 year old

My son and I are camping at Eagle Point on Schroon Lake and I wanted to use it as an opportunity to get him into the high peaks region for a hike. It does not have to be a high peak - just somewhere with an open summit where he can get some serious views (hopefully of the Great Range). He has done Hadley, Severance, and the Snow Hole on the Taconic Crest Trail to give you an idea of his ability. I think he could handle Cascade, but I was thinking more of Noonmark or The Brothers - though I have only done The Brothers. I'll be checking the ascent details for these to start with - I believe Noonmark and Cascade have comparable elevation gains (+/- 2000'). Thanks in advance for any other suggestions.
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Old 07-14-2006, 11:08 AM   #2
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Ideas

Mt Jo, Big Crow (& Nundagao ridge?), Hopkins, Owl's Head, Baxter
Kids like Ampersand (1775 climb) & talus cave near summit. Afterwards add 10 min stroll to great sand beach on Middle Saranac
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Old 07-14-2006, 12:29 PM   #3
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My son hiked up Cascade when he was three, but I carried him down in a kid carrier. I think he actually did the whole thing by the time he was 5. He and my middle daughter did Phelps, from Marcy Dam, when they were 5 and 3 respectively.My youngest daughter, Megan, climbed Giant when she was 4. We did the same hike when she was 6 and she didn't make it all the way. I think at that age it may just depend on the day.

Cascade is actually pretty steep, its just relatively short (2 mi).

Megan loves Giant. If you go from Chapel Pond it is 3 mi to the top. There are lots of open ridges and ledges with fantastic views to take a kid's mind off of how hard they are working. If, for whatever reason you don't make the top, you have still had great views almost all the way up.

Consider trying Treadway Mt. (Putnam Pond) or Pharoh Mt. which are right in your backyard at Schroon Lake. They could be a good warmup on another day. I prefer Treadway. Moderate 1/2 day hike with great views.

Enjoy hiking with your boy! In what seems like a blink of an eye he'll be 18, like my son, about to head off to college, and too busy to head up to the Daks with you.
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:03 PM   #4
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Hopkins Mountain might be good idea. Via the Mossy Cascade trail it is 3.2 miles to the summit. I don't think the grade ever exceeds the steepest grade that you do while hiking to the snow hole. Up until the last .2 miles the trail is very well maintained. There is a large bare rock summit with great views of the Dix Range, Colvin Range, Great Range and other mountains.

What week are you going? Starting next or this weekend the summit should be loaded with blueberries. What kid could resist?
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:07 PM   #5
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Although it's lower in elevation, I think Noonmark would actually be tougher than Cascade primarily due to steepness. I took my 5-YO up neighboring Round Mountain last year (comparable to Cascade in terms of steepness), and he loved it! A wonderful little peak with first-rate views...

(We did Round in August and Cascade in September. Returning in a few weeks for Porter...)
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Old 07-14-2006, 03:43 PM   #6
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Great suggestions! I think I like planning the hikes as much as doing them. Sometimes more if it is anything like when I hiked Giant (heat, humidity, dead camera batteries, black flies, thunder in that order). I'll look at all of these suggestions in the books. We are going this Sunday or Monday (7/16 or 7/17) Something easier might be better since I think it is supposed to be hot and humid. The sooner we can get back to jump in Schroon Lake might be better. Bluberries would be awesome since my son claims he does not like them - I'd like to see him say that with a straight face after trying the real thing.
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:08 PM   #7
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for a small hike - the trails around cheney pond are reasonably flat - there is water and things and plenty of wildlife - the NP trail at stephens pond or tirrel pond arne t too bad.....
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Old 07-15-2006, 05:56 PM   #8
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Round mt is a fun peak with excellent views and there won't be much of a crowd up there.
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Old 07-16-2006, 10:29 PM   #9
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I really think Owl's Head (on Rte. 73 between Keene and Lake Placid) is the best first hike for kids Relatively easy. A few scrambles. Great views for little effort. AND blueberries at this time of year! Just took my 5-year old godson up two months ago and he loved it!
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