The 6th annual Lake George Hike-A-Thon has been set for Thursday, July 5th, 2018. The public is welcome to participate in the free, family-friendly event, but registrations must be made by June 15.
The 2018 Hike-A-Thon features 19 simultaneous hikes and paddles all around Lake George, culminating with aerial photography of each group by Carl Heilman, II, who will once again be flying in a helicopter donated and piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country HeliFlite.
One of this year’s coveted seats for the helicopter ride has been given to the event’s Summit Sponsor, Angels at Lakeshore Gallery. Gallery co-founder Tim Tiger will be riding with Heilman, Mowery and an LGLC representative in the four-passenger helicopter as it circles the lake, stopping along the way to snap pictures of groups of cheering hikers and paddlers participating in the event. The highly choreographed flight takes nearly two hours.
New in this year’s lineup is a paddle at Jabe Pond in Hague and a hike up Spruce Mountain in Dresden. The Spruce Mountain hike is made possible thanks to special permission from a neighboring landowner who has given permission to access the unofficial trail through his property, and who will be assisting with leading the hike.
Each site’s participation is limited based on parking and trail capacity and safety, which means that some of the favorite sites fill up quickly. The exclusive hike to Rogers’ Rock, for example, maxed out at 50 people within 8 hours of opening registration, and the Spruce Mountain hike filled within 10 days. As of May 23, eight of the 19 sites were full, and only 100 more spots are available in total.
The event encourages participation from people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities, by offering sites that have varying levels of difficulty. The Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George is fully accessible and ideal for young kids and those with reduced mobility. The Cook Mountain Preserve in Ticonderoga and Pole Hill Pond Forest Preserve in Bolton are good choices for those looking for a more challenging hike.
LGLC organized the first Lake George Hike-A-Thon in 2013 as a celebration of their 25th anniversary. Since 2017, the Hike-A-Thon has also included partnering sites Camp Chingachgook (a YMCA camp in Fort Ann); the Charles R. Wood Nature Park in Lake George; Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center in Bolton; and the Silver Bay YMCA.
Snacks and water are being donated by JUST Beverages and KIND Healthy Snacks, and Cedar Graphics is donating printing screens for the shirts.
To register for the Hike-A-Thon and for more information click here, or contact Sarah Hoffman at (518) 644-9673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy Lake George Land Conservancy.