Arab Mountain (2545 ft)
Date of Summit: 4/19/2008
Trailhead to Summit: 3.4 miles
Trip Time: 3 hrs
Ascent: 760 ft
Temperature: 75 degrees with snow!
This was a hike of firsts.
The first time I've hiked in shorts through a few feet of snow (it was that warm!)
The first time I've hiked with a 3-year old (Martin)
Most importantly, this was Martin's first official SUMMIT!
It was a beautiful day, with the temps clocking in around 75 degrees. We had our official hiking shorts ready, only to find that the trail was either underwater or under two feet of snow almost the entire time. To make things worse, the snow appeared to be firm, yet collapsed under our weight more often than not.
While Martin H. and I have hiked a few different ADK trails together, we had a new hiker join our team for this trip. He's a hearty young chap who doesn't mind getting dirty, has unbelievable stamina, and apparently is driven almost completely by the hope of eating M&M's upon reaching the summit. The kicker? He's only 3-years old! Little Martin (son of big Martin) did an amazing job on his first summit, helping us keep on track by spotting the red trailblazes all along the trail.
Our descent took about 1/8 the time of our ascent. This was thanks to Big Martin, as he pulled a move only a father could, confidently carrying our little hiking partner down the mountain on his shoulders! After a short drive to Lake Placid, we met up with Emily, Louise, and baby Erik, for a much needed lunch at Charlie's.
It was a great trip of firsts, and hopefully the snow thaws soon so the three hiking-musketeers can get back out on the trail!