October 3, 2008
After a nice breakfast this morning we got ready to leave, and the rain was pouring down. We left for the trail anyway, but missed the route (Sleeping Beauty Mnt.) so we ended up at Pilot Knob, where another trail starts. This trail was a little shorter than the one we had planned but marked as being “difficult” on the trail map (the one we had in plan was “moderate”). So we took the 6.4 mile trail to Buck Mountain (elevation 2000ft, a little less than 700m) and arrived at the summit about 90 minutes later (what a view!). Now, the trail wasn’t that much longer than the one in Acadia National Park, and it wasn’t even steeper, but we were really tired after just half of the distance. And I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not fit and have adequate shoes. Also it was kinda remote and not that much frequented, so that they had a sign-in book at the trailhead where you could sign-in and sign-out in order for people to notice if you actually went missing on one of the trails. We arrived back at our car almost 4 hours after we had departed, and since we were so exhausted and it was already in the afternoon we only made it as far as Albany, where we’ll stay for tonight (the town we’re at is called “Bethlehem”). We decided against crossing over into Vermont for the reason that there isn’t really that much to see and we couldn’t find any halfway inexpensive accomodation for tonight.