Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Three winter treks that can also work in the shoulder season

Winter in the Adirondacks is unpredictable, but whether there is snow or not, you can always hike. Your footwear will just differ, depending on the conditions.

Throughout the years, the Explorer has written many pieces to give readers ideas on where they can go in the Adirondack Park. Of course, many of these were written by former editor Phil Brown, who enjoyed exploring every corner of the park, but many other writers have contributed to the trip report category too.

One piece suggested three enticing winter snowshoe treks (that can also be done as hikes if there’s no snow). Photographer Carl Heilman and writers Carol Stone White and Bill Ingersoll, each penned a piece about one of their places to visit. Heilman wrote about Fifth Peak on Tongue Mountain near Lake George; White wrote about Hopkins Mountain in Keene Valley; and Ingersoll wrote about Jakes Pond in the western part of the Adirondacks.

If you’re looking for something to give you inspiration as you think about your next Adirondack journey, I encourage you to read this article. It’s a good starting point for planning your next adventure.  Click here to read.

Fifth Peak overlooks the Narrows on Lake George. Photo by Carl Heilman II

Editor’s note: This first appeared in Mike’s weekly Backcountry Journal newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Mike Lynch is a staff writer and photographer for the nonprofit Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly news magazine with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues. Mike’s favorite outdoor activities include paddling, hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing. In 2011, he paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine. From 2007 until 2014, Mike worked as an outdoors writer and photographer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake. Mike welcomes story ideas and can be reached at

One Response

  1. Vanessa says:

    I’ve heard folks rave about “hidden gem” Hopkins Mt. My uncle hiked it in 2017 without me and I was most jealous. Nice write ups everyone!

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