“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”
“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.”
“Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.”
You know it’s going to be a good hike when your long time hiking buddy shows up at the trail head and after a good twelve hours of snow, freezing rain and rain, it all just stops! Ten minutes later the sun is out. You couldn’t ask for anything better.
Yes, I headed back up to Anthony’s Nose on a day that started off slushy, icy and nasty. As I looked up the trail, I have to admit that I was a little worried noticing that it was all a sheet of ice. With that said, after about 200 yards, the trail became more slushy which made it much more manageable.
12/24/16-The start of the climb to Anthony’s Nose.
12/24/16-A quick 180 degree turn from the picture above looking back towards the start.
Since I have not been up to the Nose this late in December for a couple of years, I really forgot about how the views drastically change now that the trees are bare. You get an entirely different perspective on winter hiking.
12/24/16-A view you would never get during the summer!
12/24/16-The Nose in the distance as seen from the Appalachian Trail. This is the only time of year you get this view of the Nose.
Once I got to the top I was pleasantly surprised with the awesome views that were waiting. for me! The difference between pictures during the summer and now are incredible. Once again, this is why I love this hike!
12/24/16-Iona Island to the lower left and Bear Mt. to the right.
Bear Mt. and the Bear Mt. bridge to the right.
Another viewpoint, just off of the Nose looking North towards West Point.
Sugarloaf as seen from the alternate viewpoint.
A tighter view looking North on the Hudson.
A small pond, now frozen, that you see on the way up and down from th Nose.
As always, any hike to the Nose is a good one. If you want to, go back to my posts in July and August to get a good look at the differences in the terrain depending on the season.