So I did wake up early to catch the early morning light on Hanging Spear Falls but unfortunately the light just wasn’t that good, plus there was a really strong breeze coming down the Opalescent Gorge from the Flowing Lands that made taking a photograph of the falls through the trees a little difficult. There is basically just one safe location to photograph the falls from the overlook. The second location is slightly risky requires climbing down about 6 feet to a very small ledge that is basically on the side of a cliff. After a while of contemplating the pros and cons of getting to this location I decided to go for it and once I was down there I discovered that the shooting location was just as bad as the completely safe one up above, so lesson learned but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So I climbed back up and broke down the tent and packed up my gear while hoping that the light would get better or at least the wind would die down a little bit. After giving up hope on either one of these things happening I put my gear on and headed back up hill to the Flowing Lands. Crossing the Opalescent river at the ford and watching the sunshine on Algonquin and Iroquois Mountains.
Stopping for breakfast in the Flowing Lands
Then a short walk to Lake Colden where I spent most of the day exploring. That night I tried to do a little star photography as I was so far away from any light pollution but the moon was full and rose early not leaving me a lot of time to experiment. Sunrise was beautiful and then on the trail again.
Out through Avalanche Lake again and the gymnastic trail section.
And finally ending back up at the ADK Lodge. In hindsight I really wished I had gotten a few more backpacking trips in while I was in Lake Placid instead of waiting and hoping for the leaves to change but there is always next year.
I hope you found this interesting. Please feel free to leave any thoughts, questions or comments that you might have.