Trailhead: St. Hubert
Date of climb: August 18, 2012
#30: Lower Wolfjaw, 4175 ft.
#29: Upper Wolfjaw, 4185 ft.
I finally made it back to the Adirondacks today to knock off two more in the Great Range – Upper and Lower Wolfjaw. It’s been nearly a month due to life just being too busy and boy can I feel that month off… it takes a lot of consistent hiking to remain ADK trail-seasoned, my feet and knees and ankles are reminding me as I write.
The day started out with me missing the path to the West River Trail that I needed to find in order to pick up the Wedge Brook Trail, the most direct route up. I hiked about a mile too far on Lake Road and ended up having to double back.
I loved hiking up the Wedge Brook Trail – it’s soft and earthy, not too rocky, and gradual with few steep sections. There are also some pretty waterfalls and cascades where Wedge Brook meets the trail. When I was planning my route I had toyed with the idea of making a loop with the Beaver Meadow Trail just for a change of scenery, but the extra mileage at the start put a damper on my desire to add mileage at the end… not to mention that descending Wedge is a piece of cake compared to Beaver, I now know.
Lower Wolfjaw was fairly uneventful, as I’ve heard from almost everyone who’s climbed it. The summit is treed but there are views from an overlook and I got a few nice shots.
I can barely remember anything about the climb up Lower Wolfjaw actually, even though I just did it a few hours ago. That’s because I climbed Upper Wolfjaw second, and wow – there are some tricky spots on that ascent for sure. Lots of steep scrambles over large boulders, and some of them took me some time to figure out. I spent the whole time going up worrying about coming down, but surprisingly it was harder going up the boulders this time. It was a lot of fun navigating the technical aspects of this climb, and as usual, the terrain in the Great Range makes for some awe-inspiring eye candy.
The Wedge Brook Trail is gradual enough that I was able to jog down some of the mountain, and anyone who’s ever hiked with me knows that I’m much faster going up and usually go very slowly on the descents. Nice to make up some time at the end of the day.