Saturday, July 19, 2014

Brendan Wiltse: Silver Lake Mountain

BJW_3902After spending years tromping around the High Peaks and living in the Johns Brook Valley, I take delight in visiting the smaller and often lesser known mountains. Silver Lake Mountain is just north of Taylor Pond (middle of the photograph). At 1.8 miles round-trip it makes a perfect hike to do after work. You don’t see many high peaks, but you do have a good view of Whiteface and the unique combination of big mountains and large bodies of water. Just behind Taylor Pond is Catamount, another great mountain to check out. What is your favorite mountain outside of the high peaks?

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Brendan Wiltse is the Science & Stewardship Director for the Ausable River Association and a professional conservation photographer. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Queen's University in Canada. While not out on the water studying Adirondack lakes and streams, he is often roaming the Wilderness with his camera and dog. You can view is photography at

3 Responses

  1. Marisa Muratori says:

    I recently spent a few days at Taylor Pond staring at this interesting mountain. Look forward to exploring there! I am a huge fan of your photography, by the way.

  2. Ann Gearhart says:

    Silver Lake Mt – a treasure! Unfortunately the photo does not show the lake from which the name of the mountain is known. Looking a bit to the west one can see the Saranac River, and points equally as spectacular as Whiteface and the high peaks beyond. It is not a difficult climb which makes it a win for those of us who are not as nimble as in our youth. One cannot see to the north from the curving summit, but everything else visible is worth the time and effort. While so close, drive up Union Falls Rd and check out the Nature Conservancy bog walk – at the conclusion of the bog trail one has the chance to climb to the top of the Silver Lake Bluffs and see a sight that is both restful for the soul, and a moment in ADK time you will not forget.