“Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
I just returned from my annual spiritual retreat. Most of the weekend was foggy, misty, or rainy, the sort of conditions that encourage a lot of reading, writing, reflecting, and praying. But before hunkering down on Saturday morning, I spent all of Friday, a gorgeous, cool fall day, hiking in the high peaks.
I walked the entire length of the Lake Road in St. Huberts to Lower Ausable Lake and then trekked toward Gothics Peak by way of Pyramid Peak. This is a wickedly steep trail (as are most that branch off the Lake Road), but I’ve been itching to take it for some time.
Pyramid Peak stands at 4,550 feet of elevation. Were it listed among the 46 high peaks, it would rank 17th. But, alas, it is not officially considered a separate peak because it stands so close to Gothics, which ranks 10th , at 4,736 feet. And yet, Pyramid affords a view that is unmatched in the Adirondack wilderness. The top is bald, so hikers can see in all directions. To the north, you are looking directly into the impressive slides of the entire Great Range. Last year, I enjoyed a partial view of these slides from Sawteeth Mountain. But on Pyramid, the view of the full rise of those massive peaks is totally unobstructed. It’s a bonus that Marcy and Algonquin, the two tallest peaks, are also visible. And of course, the panorama to the south, stretching from the Green Mountains of Vermont to the lower peaks west, is also impressive.