Despite gloomy weather, more than 40 hikers showed up to celebrate the opening of the new Cheney Mountain trail in Moriah, NY.
Hikers in brightly colored rain slickers lined up at a registration table set up under a canvas canopy at the trailhead. Those who showed up the first day got a Cheney Mountain patch.
The 1,161-foot-high mountain is shaped like a loaf of bread, and its summit has a large, level surface with rock outcrops at the edges. The view from the top looks over the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east and the Adirondack High Peaks to the northwest.
A group of volunteers from Moriah, Port Henry, Mineville, Crown Point, Westport, Wadhams and Essex cut the 1.5-mile-long trail on property owned by the Town of Moriah to the summit of Cheney Mountain. The guiding reason was to enable community access to town-owned property for physical fitness, enjoyable hiking and local history education.
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