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      Climbing Bald Mountain in the Adirondacks: Matt's Memo

      Bald Mountain in the ADK.

      View photo slideshow of view from Bald Mountain.

      The view from the top stretches along the Fulton Chain of Lakes in the Adirondack Mountains. Bald Mountain is a popular hike especially when fall foliage season hits. We walked the one mile up and back trail two weekends a go when late September blue skies cast a spectacular hue over some of New York's most picturesque scenery.

      This trail off Rondaxe Road has a limited parking area. On a busy Sunday those looking for a taste of the outdoors have to utilize nearby roadside parking.

      Many of us who have grown up in Central New York have memories of climbing the combination of rocky surfaces and rooted paths from childhood. We saw vritually all ages making the trek from grade school children to active seniors. Many people bring leashed dogs along.

      It is approximately 45 minutes both up and down. There are several lookout points along the way to enjoy the ever elevated hillside view. We ran into several people we knew from both the greater Syracuse and Utica areas.

      On a mild day the hike is strenuous enough for a fit person to work up a little sweat, increase the heart rate and expand the lungs with fresh air. The view of Autmunal colors is spectacular.

      The peak foliage is already fading up north, but still a treasure. If you don't make it this year block off late September next year to see the best Bald Mountain has to offer.

      Any questions or comment please forward them to mattsmemo@CNYcentral.com. I may even use some of your thoughts on NBC 3 News at 5:00, the 10:00 News on CW6 or on CNYcentral.com.

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