Cool adventures for you and your family!
Coney Mountain by Spencer Morrissey:
The trail for Coney Mountain used to follow the county line and climb steeply through rutted terrain to the top of a high ridge. This trail has since been closed and moved a bit further (200’) north along Route 30.
A state trailhead sign now marked the start of the trail and enters what appears to be a dark forest from the road. But once in the woods it becomes very well lit as the light penetrates the canopy. The trail for the majority is very rocky and still quite new, so footing is a bit rough in areas. Following the well-developed trail you will sweep your way around the steep western slopes of the mountain. As the trail steepens a bit, it continues to contour its way around to the northern slopes of Coney Mountain and then meets up with the original trail just below the summit. The final approach is over slab rock, no scrambling is necessary. The views start to open up with Goodman Mountain to the north and Mount Morris to the northeast. The waters of Tupper Lake can be seen to the north as well and the wooded hills of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the west. As far as views go, this is one of the best in the area, with the best bang for the buck.
515’, easy to moderate
Distance Round Trip:
Family of Four with Kids: 1 to 1.5 hours to summit
Experienced Hiker: 45 minutes to 1 hour to summit
Out of Shape Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours to summit
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for a little over 12 miles to the Hamilton and Franklin County Line. There is a parking lot located there with a postal box on a state sign. The trail is a couple hundred feet up the road on the opposite side of the road. Be very careful of traffic when crossing Route 30.
This trail is typically broken out by midday after a storm but can become quite slippery as you approach the summit, and typically very windy. This is a great snowshoe, not recommended for skiing.
Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474
Great Day Hikes:
If there is one thing the area is full of, it’s trails. From a simple walk around a pond to one of our 46’ers, you’re bound to find the trail perfect for you and your family. Below is a quick list of day hike suggestions.
Great Camp Santanoni: Located in Newcomb (15 min drive) this almost entirely flat walk is also great for a bike ride. What’s more there’s a reward at the end. A beautiful, original Great Camp!
Owl’s Head Mountain: This hike is moderate with it’s most challenging bit at the peak. Bring a picnic lunch and dine looking over our Long Lake in all it’s glory. Spring month’s bring bug dope.
Coney Mountain: This hike is perfect for small children. The new trail was built in 2009. Access it from Route 30 North near the County line between Tupper Lake and Long Lake. Click on the link for map and information about this mountain.
For information about the Northville-Lake Placid Trail
Visit Their Website: www.nptrail.org
For printable PDF’s and easy to use maps Click here!: NY Map for Hikers and Bikers
Visit Their Website: Great Walks and Day Hikes (PDF)
Visit Their Website: www.cnyhiking.com
If you’re a fan of winter hiking, the Department of Environmental Conservation is warning people to be prepared for the continued rough conditions in the coming months.
Ice crampons should be carried for use on icy mountains and other exposed areas.
Officials advise that residents dress properly in layers of wool and fleece clothing, not cotton, with hats, gloves, boots and weather-resident outerwear.
Day packs should include an ice axe, food and water, extra clothing, a map, first-aid kit, flashlight and space blankets.
While out in the cold, outdoor adventurers should drink plenty of water as dehydration can lead to hypothermia.
Before heading out, residents should check weather reports and monitor conditions at all times.
Current trail conditions are available by contacting DEC at 897-1200.
Factual Nugget about the Adirondacks:
The network of trails in our area traverse the Forest Preserve deemed “forever wild” by the New York State constitution in 1894. The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected area weaving a tapestry of both public and private lands. Please respect private property when hiking. Please note: The maps on this page are a “general” representation and description of the trails. Please use a topo map and be prepared before hiking in the Adirondacks. Scroll down to “Hiking Trips” to download a Long Lake trail map.
Long Lake and Raquette Lake are small towns surrounded by forest and diverse geography. The nearest hospital is 40 miles away, so keep that in mind when hiking. Many areas do not have cell phone coverage either. Long Lake now boasts AT&T Cell phone service, but be prepared before venturing into the forest.
1. Always have a guidebook and plan to hike according to your ability.
2. Prepare for wet weather and oftentimes trails do cross wet areas and swamps. Follow trail-markers and established paths.
3. Wear layers and non-slip shoes and always carry bug dope.
4. Have a lightweight pack with first aid supplies, compass, trail map, tissues, water, penknife and flashlight.
6. Always tell someone where you are going and when to expect your return. Sign in at trail registers. Cell phones don’t always work in our area.
7. Follow markers, don’t veer off the trails, and please stay off private property. (insert No Trespassing Sign)
8. Pack your camera.
9. Always have snacks on hand, gorp is a favorite and if you are on a long backpacking adventure – please read the warnings about bear safety. Bear proof containers are essential, but bears are smart and oftentimes outwit the humans.
10. Water for pets.
Visit Their Website: Department Of Environmental Conservation Website
The Town of Long Lake produces an informational map with a list of hikes in the area. Call 518.624.3077 for your free guide, but please pick up an official topo map at an area store. While Long Lake guides are useful to help plan your trip, they are not an accurate geographical representation of the Adirondack Back country.
Hikes in the brief guide include: Frederica Mountain, Lake Lila. Lake Eaton, Owl’s Head, Northville-Lake Placid Trail, Blue Mountain, Buttermilk Falls, Sargent Pond Loop. In the Raquette Lake area discover Death Brook Falls, South Inlet Falls, Sugar Bush Loop, Sagamore Lake and West Mountain.
Kid friendly hikes include: Coney Mountain, Mt. Sabattis, Goodnow Mountain and Buttermilk. All are great for picnics. Best local, low impact and fantastically surprising for wildlife, in the center of Long Lake? Jennings Park Nature Trail. Access by the Long Lake Town Ball Field. Great shortcut to the beach.
Here are some great biking routes worth trying. Please note: If the DOT designates an area as a “bike route” bikers are required by law to use it and not the main highway lane.
Route 28N/30 and Route 28 The entire distance to North Creek is a bike route. (approx 40 miles)
Route 28 South through Raquette Lake is a bike route, but the shoulders are narrow. Use caution.
Route 30 North towards Tupper Lake includes designated bike paths.
Great loop includes Long Lake – Blue Mountain – Indian Lake – North Creek – Minerva – Newcomb Loop. From Long Lake follow Route 28N/30 south to Blue Mt. Lake and turn left onto Route 28 east to North Creek and then back onto Route 28N through Minerva and Newcomb.
Endion Road in Long Lake. A winding paved town road, 2 miles. Look for Endion Rd. intersecting with Route 30 on the left side of the highway, North of Long Lake Village.
North Point Road. This paved county highway begins 3.2 miles southwest of the LL Town Hall off route 28N/30. (Deerland Rd) It is about 11 more miles to the end at North Point, near the edge of Raquette Lake. Please use caution, there is plenty of New York State land to explore and visit, including Buttermilk Falls and Forked Lake. Please be cautious and do not go on private property.
Sabattis Road. Travel 6 miles northwest on Route 30 (Towards Tupper Lake) you will reach Sabattis Road on the left. Ride 12 more miles to the end of the road to see the abandoned railroad tracks part of the Adirondack Railway running from Utica to Lake Placid.
A link to NY recreational webmap is available here. Use the icons on the upper left of the map to layer hiking or biking trails in our area.
Visit Their Website: New York Recreation Map for Hikers and Bikers
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