Saturday, November 27, 2021

Lake George Land Conservancy updates trail markers

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The trails at Amy’s Park got a shiny new accessory – reflective trail markers – thanks to an amazing crew of volunteers from Novo Nordisk. On Monday, they divided and conquered, covering more than 5 miles of trails to remove old markers and replace them with our new markers that are more user friendly, especially to those who have a color vision deficiency.

trail markersDid you know that about 8% of all men and 0.5% of all women have some degree of color vision deficiency? These new markers SAY the color on them, so there’s no guessing if you’re on the right trail. We will eventually switch all of the LGLC trails to these new markers – if you get out and see the new markers, let us know what you think!

We also thank all of our many volunteers who help in so many ways, year-round! Hundreds of volunteers put in thousands of hours of their time to help with the Hike-A-Thon and Amy’s Race, fundraising events and database work, special committees, trail stewardship and invasive species management. Thank you!

 


Monday, November 22, 2021

Town of North Elba supports crucial community trail project 

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Lake Placid, NY — The Town of North Elba has awarded ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) a $50,000 grant from the Local Enhancement & Advancement Fund (LEAF) to improve accessibility on the Mt. Jo Long Trail.

Serving over 15,000 hikers a year, Mt. Jo is an iconic mountain in North Elba that is often visited by first-time outdoor recreators and used as a classroom for ADK’s fourth grade school outreach program. However, the Long Trail—one of two approaches to the summit—is severely damaged, creating challenging conditions for hikers. 

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Accessible Adirondacks: Exploring the Clintonville Pine Barrens

columnist sweatshirtI have this T-shirt that says “COLUMNIST:” Because Badass Miracle Worker Isn’t An Official Job Title.”

I didn’t say I was proud of it, I said that I have it.

Anyhow, when visiting the Sugar House Creamery in Upper Jay last spring, the shirt caught the attention of Mike Hirsch, the opinion page editor of The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Friday, November 19, 2021

Explore Low Elevation Trails During Shoulder Season

moose pond trailIt’s that time of year where the weather shifts from sunshine to rain to snow every few days. During this transition season – often referred to as shoulder seasons – explore recreation in lower elevations where trails are drier and conditions are less severe. Check out these great low elevation Adirondack Day Hikes:

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Champlain Area Trails to Open Spirit Sanctuary Trail

Hikers enjoy a sneak peek of the new trail at Spirit Sanctuary.

WESTPORT – Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will host a trail opening hike on the new Spirit Sanctuary Trail in Essex, on Saturday, November 27th at 10 a.m.  

The Spirit Sanctuary Trail is a one-mile there-and-back trail that begins on Cook Road, about 1.3 miles west of NYS Route 22 in Whallonsburg. It goes through the new “green” cemetery, then along a forested little ridge overlooking a wetland and connects to the popular CATS Black Kettle Trail. Hikers can continue on this 1-mile loop trail with beautiful views, cliffs, big trees, and a scenic brook and then return through the Sanctuary. 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Recreation Highlight: Fall Foliage by Bike

APA Seeks Comments On Camp SantanoniCamp Santanoni Historic Area, Newcomb, NY

Did you know that the five-mile gravel road that leads to the Historic Camp Santanoni  is perfect for a family bike ride?

The Newcomb Lake Road Trail is a 5-mile gravel former carriage road that extends from the trailhead at the Gate Lodge to Newcomb Lake. Bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy a picnic by the lake before exploring the camp.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

The Fleeting Fastness of Frost

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Down in town at the new diner they’re cursing, spitting out that gardeners’ f-word; frost.   Meanwhile, I’m ecstatic, I’m up the hill having a great time gliding across Kathy and Bob’s lawn, so glad to be on my skis at last.

It’s frost time and as my gardening friends’ season tapers off, so finally begins mine.   Skiing, today for the first time since April, feels so good, my whole body involved, nothing like it, kick and glide, kick and glide, breathe in, breathe out, kick and glide, breathe in, breathe out, glide, glide, glide.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Long Lake adds mountain bike trails to outdoor rec complex

On October 1, 2021 The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will officially dedicate and open 2km of newly built Mountain Bike / Shared Use Trails at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area in Long Lake.

The Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area is centrally located in the community of Long Lake and is home to an outdoor ice skating rink, tennis and basketball courts, a sledding hill, pavilion, the S80 Powerline Snowmobile Trail, skate board ramps, a spur linkage to the Northville-Placid trail, and an expansive view overlooking the Town of Long Lake.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hiking with a headlamp: Why it’s essential

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In case you didn’t know, you should always carry a headlamp with you on your day trips. Why? Well, there are many reasons, most of which involve unexpected trip changes or happenings that you may not have considered.

For starters, consider these quotes extracted from DEC Ranger Reports regarding calls and accidents they responded to in the last year: “At 11:05 p.m., the group arrived back at Marcy Dam as [the forest ranger] started in to escort the hikers out of the woods since they did not have any flashlights with them;” “The hiker did not have a headlamp or flashlight and reported that his four friends hiked out ahead of him;” “The caller stated that the pair did not have flashlights or headlamps and that his girlfriend had rolled both of her ankles but was able to walk.” These are only a few of the multitude of examples available.

In a recent blog post to our website, I break down why this lightweight, inexpensive item is a must-have for your next outdoor adventure.

Read the full story here: https://www.ausableriver.org/blog/why-you-should-always-bring-headlamp


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of OSI’s Upper Work Trailhead

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Celebration for long-awaited trailhead and visitor amenity improvements draws community and local officials.

The Open Space Institute (OSI) has announced details of the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at its new Upper Works Trailhead at the Adirondac Upper Works. (Click here to see a story about the project in Adirondack Explorer) The event will celebrate recent upgrades OSI has made to the site, including the parking area expansion and relocation, stabilization of the McIntyre Blast Furnace, and improved visitor access to the southern High Peaks. The event will take place adjacent to the historic MacNaughton Cottage. Limited event parking will be available at the new, Upper Works trailhead and parking area and along the road. Following the speakers, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Smoke On the Water

A True Adirondack Lake Rescue Story

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“Smoke on the Water, Fire in the Sky”

Those famous lyrics may have meant one thing when they helped propel the 1970’s band Deep Purple to worldwide Rock n’ roll stardom, but to someone paddling a canoe on a wilderness lake in the Adirondacks, they quickly took on an entirely different meaning, as a group of young canoeists was about to find out.

It was the summer of 2012, and the Monroe family, as has become tradition over the past 40 plus years, once again established camp at our favorite spot near the mouth of the river flowing from the middle of the chain of Saranac Lakes, the site officially designated on the DEC reservation web page as “site 63”, but affectionately known by the locals as “Bull Rush Bay.”

Having grown up in the Adirondacks, worked, hunted and hiked the high peaks, done a stint in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, graduated Army Ranger School- I take pride in my hardiness and skills in the woods; nights spent alone under the stars, packing only an Adirondack woodsman’s most essential tools, matching wits with Mother Nature, the elements, and high peaks terrain.

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Monday, September 6, 2021

250 acres added to Forest Preserve on Moxham Mountain

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Acquisition Increases Public Access and Recreational Opportunities
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Land Trust today announced the addition of 250 acres to the Forest Preserve on Moxham Mountain between Minerva, Essex County and North Creek, Warren County. The acquisition will increase public access to the south side of Moxham Mountain for hiking and rock climbing.

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Recreation Highlight: Adirondack Day Hikes for Labor Day Weekend

hiker finds a moment of solitude on Giant Mountain during a busy weekendFor many, this upcoming weekend will bring an extra day off and mark the unofficial end of summer – both excellent reasons to spend a day hiking in the Adirondacks. Not sure where to go? Check out these great day hikes, with an option for every region. Find trail details and more options on the Adirondack Day Hikes webpage.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

New model sustainable hiking trail on Mt. Van Hoevenberg nears completion

The new sustainable hiking trail under construction to the summit of Mount Van Hoevenberg is expected to be completed in the early fall. This project has been a priority of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This project started in 2018 and marked a completely different approach to hiking trail building in the Forest Preserve and the High Peaks Wilderness.

For the first time, the DEC committed to a multi-year effort to showcase new sustainable trail design and trail building techniques for the Forest Preserve. In many ways, this trail marks a new beginning for the state’s approach to hiking trail building in the Adirondack Park.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Loon Lullabies on Lovely Lakes

Looking north across Essex Chain’s Third Lake. Photos by Author.

Geezers Paddle The Adirondack Essex Chain Lakes

“Is that rain or water bugs?” was the question upon arriving at the 3rd lake put-in, after walking a mile or so from the trail head.

Walking is not quite the right word. Carrying is more accurate. I am very glad I don’t carry an extra 60+ pounds all the time. A canoe and pack for a little over a mile is more than enough. And thank you, Peter Hornbeck, for keeping the canoe portion of the poundage to a minimum. May God rest your soul.

The gout is in retreat, but the large knuckle on my left foot’s big toe is still sore. Perhaps the modified gait to baby that joint was the reason for missteps, but twice I was happy to be wearing above-the-ankle hiking boots. The boot saved a rolled ankle both times.

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