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We learned from a good source that Cook Mountain was a good climb for novice climbers. It was said to be a gentle climb with only a slight and short steep incline. Our house was just across the lake and our view all week. We chose a coolish day of 60 degrees to try the gentle climb which we thought was 1.9 miles and would take an hour or so! Oh, were we in for a surprise!
At the trail entrance, we found some hiking sticks that we were happy to borrow. The first section was a lovely trail where we crossed streams, looked and the plants and just laughed and talked as the kids would run ahead and then wait for us. Soon, the grade became steeper, at first in a…
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