Saturday, November 2, 2013

Panther Mountain

A recent hike in the Adirondacks brought us to Panther Mountain and Echo Cliffs.  The mountain apparently received its name from the panthers that use to visit back in the early 1800s.  A quick but steep hike provides panoramic views of Piseco Lake.

 
We snapped photos along the way.


Taking in all the beauty.

 
 
Half way up you will pass an interesting flat-top square boulder along the trail.



As we scrambled up rock, and before reaching the top of the summit, there are exposed roots of a Hemlock tree.


The scenic vista to the east overlooks Piseco Lake and Spy Lake.

 


 Not a place for someone who has a fear of heights!  Don't worry I stayed back from the ledge.

 

We had a cliff-top snack before heading back down.


As we descended I heard something rustling in the leaves.  As I looked down, to my surprise, there was a snake by my foot!  As I let out a scream my husband quickly assured me the snake was more afraid of me than I was of it.

 
It was a little cloudy that day, but the foliage was still gorgeous.

 
It was a crisp day perfect for a hike.


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19 comments:

Karen Frost said...

So beautiful, Donna - the gorgeous fall colors, the lake, and that interesting rock! Love the critters, too - thanks for taking us along! xo

eileeninmd said...

What a gorgeous walk. Lovely scenery and fall colors. The chipper is cute, I always enjoy seeing wildlife on my outings. Gorgeous photos!

Terry said...

I enjoyed your photos and narrative. Great photo of the chipmunk and snake! You live in a beautiful area.

Merlesworld said...

Your Autumns are much more colourful than here a lot of our trees are evergreen, the chipmunk is very sweet not so sure about the snake.
Merle..........

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous pictures Donna stunning vieuws.

gr karin

Hannapat said...

Some wonderful images Donna. You just transported me back to Lake Tahoe, it's so beautiful there!! Amazing photos of the field mouse and the snake, wow!! I love these kinda posts as it takes me out to see the things that I so miss, so thank you!!!! Xoxo

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Hi Donna! That looks like a great place to hike. Being so close to nature is a treat. Love the pictures of the vistas. That must have been a shock to see the snake!

Chubskulit Rose said...

This is such a treat!

Have a blessed Sunday.
Rose

Ruth Kelly said...

I almost stepped on a snake once and you never forget that shock.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful fall color and views!

Bill Nicholls said...

Great photos and wonderful scenery but can I have the chipmunk, he is so cute

likeschocolate said...

Beautiful! Happy Fall!

robin. said...

A beautiful series of photos.

Beth said...

What a beautiful place! I really enjoyed seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing.

Katz Tales said...

Terrific colours and the squirrel is cute!

Shirley said...

Hi Donna,
I know this post has been up for a while and I'm just getting around to read some of my favorite blogs. Hope you are enjoying the fall. From your photo's you have shown I can guess that is a big yes! I need to write this place down so one day it an be an adventure for me and hibby to visit..lovely photo's..my inspiration to go there. Enjoy what's left of the season, winter is knocking on our doors!

Chris said...

It is beautiful! That snake would have scared me!

MiamiKel said...

What stunning photos!! Such a beautiful gift from God, what a joy you were able to hike and experience it (snake and all!) x0x0

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Great pictures Donna. I camped in the Adirondacks for
a week. Nothing like being in the great outdoors.

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