The book is similar in format and price ($9.75) to the Explorer’s first guidebook, 12 Short Hikes Near Lake Placid, which was published last year.
For the second book, we chose a dozen hikes to summits, ponds, and rivers in the vicinity of Old Forge and Inlet. Each chapter includes detailed trail descriptions, GPS coordinates and driving directions for the trailhead, hand-drawn maps by local artist Nancy Bernstein, and photos by a variety of veteran photographers. We also rank the difficulty and scenic beauty of the hikes.
The cover photos were taken by Carl Heilman II, one of the Adirondack Park’s most celebrated photographers. Those who contributed inside photos (besides Carl) include Nancie Battaglia, Nancy Ford, Clark Lubbs, and Bill Ingersoll.
The book is aimed at casual hikers, families, or anyone who wants a quick dose of wilderness. They range from one mile to 6.4 miles in length (round trip). Half of the hikes have an elevation gain of under 300 feet. The hike up Black Bear Mountain near Inlet entails the greatest elevation gain, but that is just 660 feet. These are not the High Peaks!
The destinations of the hikes are Bear Lake, Remsen Falls, Middle Settlement Lake, Moose River Mountain, Moose River Lock & Dam, Bald Mountain, Cork Mountain and Mountain Pond, Becker’s Ledge and Bubb Lake, Moss Lake, Cascade Lake, Rocky Mountain, and Black Bear Mountain. In addition, we included Cathedral Pines north of Inlet as a bonus hike. It’s a tenth-of-a-mile loop though a stand of giant pines, with a memorial to an airman killed in World War II.
Most of the hikes can be done in a few hours or less. Excluding Cathedral Pines, the easiest is the mile-long and largely flat walk through the woods to Lock & Dam on the Middle Branch of the Moose. The hardest is the four-mile round trip up Black Bear Mountain.
Both 12 Short Hikes Near Old Forge and 12 Short Hikes Near Lake Placid can be ordered online from the Adirondack Explorer website or purchased in stores in the region. The profits will help support the Explorer’s mission of educating readers about the Adirondack Park and the need to protect it.
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