Caretaker Cabin, Blue Mountain, Adirondacks, NY
This is the cabin that while the fire tower was oppened prior to the 1990's was used by the Rangers. Most cabins generally weren't directly on the summit, some even a generous hike up and down. But this one is probably 100 yards from the tower, making it perhaps the cushiest fire tower in the Adirondacks. This is by no means a wilderness summit, it is one of the few public Adirondack peaks with visible antennae, a road, and buildings. It's however, also not totally developed, and only allows for non motorized hiking access to the public.
I've driven by Blue Mountain perhaps 100+ times over the years, and despite it's popularity never hiked it, I've even skied around the base, but never up it.
This was actually about 15 minutes post sunrise, but I'm fairly certain there was no sunrise. This was the scene I encounted when I reached the summit at 7:45am. This was not unexpected, as it was foggy on the hike in from about 2200ft to the summit at 3700. The photos I took before leaving the summit looked identical.
It was actually so warm, being warm natured myself, I contemplated removing my shirt entirely as I was dripping with sweat. However, I felt if I somehow encountered another group and was hiking shirtless, with the side zips on my goretex completely openned, they'd surely think I'd gone mad and have me committed.
I'd guess the temps were in the low 30's at the start of the hike around 6:30am.
The only relief was the at times strong winds on the summit which believe it or not felt like stepping into air conditioning on a hot summer day. We spent about 45 minutes up there before Caney became very cold, and I was adding layers. What is odd is wind generally clears fog, but there was fog for most of the trip down.
The trip down was uneventful, I did my best to create false trails for the next group, as i hate hiking downhill in winter on packed snow. Anytime I saw a path through the forest I went cross country and met back up with the trail at some point further down.