John Burnley , Aug 30, 2003; 08:17 a.m.
I personally love the high peaks area that lies between St. Huberts through Keene Valley and Keene and extends to Lake Placid. There are some outstanding views from the roads but the best vantages are from the tops of the mountains themselves. They can be reached by hiking trails, from easy walks to arduous multi-day trips might be needed depending on destination. The summit of Whiteface Mt. is drivable and has a terrific "aerial"-type view. Guidebooks are a must. Peak foliage varies by year but usually last week of Septemeber, I would say, is best bet in the higher (over 2000' terrain). Try Heart Lake (Adirondack Mt. Club) as one spot with easy to reach summit (Mt. Jo) with great views.
This may be a relatively dry year in that region, however these are mountains that influence weather and so one must always be prepared for rain. Clouds and rain are more the norm in mountains than clear weather.
As far as camera is concerned, that is a personal decision. Would only recommend the lighter the better if you intend to hike. Windy at times on mountaintops. Enjoy!