Posts on May 2013

Hiking Coney Mountain by Guest Writer Spencer Morrissey

Coney Mountain

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.

View from Coney by Guide Spencer Morrissey

515’, easy to moderate
Distance Round Trip:
2.2 miles
Approximate Time:
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

Trailhead Location:
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.
Winter Access:
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

Memorial Day Tribute

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 hosted the Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27th. Commander of the Long Lake Legion Post Commander, Tim Touchette, was the Master of Ceremonies and led the events at the cemetery and at Long Lake Central School. The Guest speaker of the day was alum of Long Lake Central School, Class of 1981, Master Sargent John Rayome.

Attendees included: first responders from Long Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mt. Lake, Raquette Lake, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, the Indian Lake Central School Marching Band, the Long Lake Central School Marching Band, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisor’s, and others that came out to support the efforts of the Hamilton County American Legion.

Click on the Link to view a snapshot of the days events in Long Lake NY.

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The winners of the float contest were:

1st Place, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub
2nd place, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
3rd place, Jimmy John’s Red Thunderbird

Thank you to those came and spent the day in Long Lake.

Town of Long Lake Offers Waterfront Property

The Town of Long Lake announces the offering of The Lake Eaton Camp Property Auction.

The property located at 76 Robinwood Way on Lake Eaton in the Town of Long Lake was last subject to Sale in August 2012. The property will be subject to Auction on Friday June 28, 2013.

Interested parties should contact the Long Lake Town Supervisor’s office for packets of information regarding the Property Auction Procedures by contacting 518.624.3001 or Email, Email

For more detailed information about the property please see the official listing at

Waterfront Property Auction Long Lake

Great Adirondack Garage Sale 2013

The Great Adirondack Garage Sale is BACK for 2013. With over 70 miles of sales, treasure hunters will be busy looking for bargains. Make Long Lake your first stop along the way along routes 28 & 30. Maps of Indian Lake, Old Forge, Inlet and Long Lake are ALL available HERE!

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Lots to be found at the Great Adirondack Garage Sale. Stop in Long Lake

Long Lake Garage Sale Map

Indian Lake Garage and Yard Sale Map

Inlet Garage Sale Map

Old Forge Garage Sale Listings 1 of 2 Old Forge sheets

Old Forge Garage Sale Map 2 of 2 Old Forge Sheets

All About Bears in Long Lake, NY Adirondacks

All About Bears was a presentation given by Ben Tabor a wildlife biologist from the NYS DEC and KC Kelly a DEC Environmental Conservation Officer. This following information was from his talk at the Long Lake Community Connections evening held on May 9, 2013.

Bears are charismatic mega-fauna. Black bears as a rule are timid, shy and scared and not aggressive (FYI not the same for Black Bears in Canada). Black bears will mark their territory by biting trees, putting their scent on their territory and let other bears know.. “Hey bears, I’m in town, back away from my soft mass.” (code words for berries)

Bears are omnivores and tend to eat vegetarian, but they will eat meat. They are not big hunters, but don’t rule them out when it comes to finding prey, depends on the year and availability of food. Bears will eat berries, acorns, nuts, apples, succulent grasses, dandelions, skunk cabbage, jack in the pulpit, buds of hardwood trees and insects.

Generally bears are not social, but May and June are their breeding season and males and females can be seen together. Bears have delayed implantation so they will be fertilized in the spring, but will not implant the eggs until November. Bears breed every two years. Bears chemically decide how many cubs they have; it’s a combination of hormones, and body fat that makes that determination. All bears give birth on January 20th or 21st. Typical for Adirondack bears are broods of 2-3 cubs but Momma’s can produce from one to five bears and they can even have albinos (not to be mistaken for Polar Bears)

By August 1st the bears are weaned and ready to go off on their own. Sometimes a mom will let them den up with her for one more year, but come spring she sends them on their way. Bears are not adults until they are four years old. Most of the reports to the DEC involve younger bears that tend to get into trouble, whether they are climbing inside dumpsters or approaching someone’s home. If a bear doesn’t get into trouble with the DEC by age three they probably never will. Adult male bears are about 300 pounds and an adult Momma bear about 150 pounds.

Currently New York State boasts about 10,000 bears statewide. There is an effort to sustain the population, and the DEC monitors and develops hunting regulations and makes opportunities available to hunt bear based on the numbers, population and ability to sustain on natural food. The goal is to maintain the bear population for future generations, but to also ensure that the bears don’t become a nuisance to the general population. Bear hunting is a regulated harvest and it’s challenging to find a bear, much less haul it out of the woods, but benefits of bear include their meat which is a good source of protein, hide, fat (when rendered makes a heck of a pie) and the gall used for medicinal purposes. If you hunt bear, cook the meat to an internal temp of 137 degrees because they do carry trichinosis.

Safety tips
Don’t feed bears. A fed bear is a dead bear because once a bear finds a food source; they won’t back away until they’ve exhausted the food source. Bears will eat bird feeders; remove the feeders from April until November. Don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your door if they see bird feeders out and full during the off season.

What do you do if you see a bear? If you see a bear in a tree, don’t call to report it. Leave it alone, it got up the tree, it will come down, but you have to leave it alone. The bear is in the tree for safety.

The best thing to do be pre-emptive before anything escalates. Call Ray Brook DEC Wildlife 518 -897-1291 or 518-897-1326 to report bear disturbances. If you notice a bear peaking in your windows, or seems to be holding court on your property, eyeballing your activities that is not normal. Call the DEC. If you see a bear cross the road, let it be, but if there is a bear on or near your property that seems to be assessing and studying your property, call the DEC and report it.

The DEC keeps track of bears, their habitation, their habituation, and their environment. Whatever you do, don’t feed the bears. It’s against the law to feed bears. You will get ticketed and fined if you are caught feeding the bears. Don’t do it. You are putting your neighbors and the bear’s life at risk. Don’t make soup and leave it under your porch, don’t leave dog food or cat food outside. Use bear proof containers, or electric fences for large dumpsters.

Out west bear proof dumpsters are the norm and all over the place. In the East, the dumpster companies don’t provide bear proof dumpsters because there is no demand. Customers should be demanding Bear Proof Dumpsters because they are very effective, but consumers have to insist on the product for it to be made available on the east coast.

Already this year, 2013, it is extremely dry and the DEC has already had numerous reports of bear problems. Bears are attracted to residential garbage, dumpsters. Food hangs don’t work, don’t feed the dogs and cats outside, the bears will find their food.

No hand feeding or that bear will be in your house demanding food. He’ll break in, and he’ll wreck your house and he may even go to the bathroom in your home. The DEC will euthanize every single one of the hand fed bears. Don’t habituate bears because there is no rehabilitating bears once they are used to human contact.

Last summer the notorious Little Bear died among great controversy in Long Lake. Unfortunately a property owner who simply didn’t know that feeding would result in the bear’s death was feeding Little Bear. The bear feeding was happening because the bear was young, needy and hungry and the human felt bad for the bear. It was an honest mistake that can be corrected by education. The bear had become used to humans. After multiple sightings, the final straw occurred after the bear grabbed an ice cream cone out of a child’s hand at Stewarts. Bears are wild animals. They may be cute, and they may not hunt humans, but bears can and will swat at people if provoked and if they aren’t afraid because they’ve been used to human contact and human food.

Habituated bears will wander near roads and get hit by cars. Folks in the Adirondacks live in bear country so be respectful of the bears and be responsible. They couldn’t stress enough the importance of not leaving food out for the bears. A few years ago, in Old Forge, vehicles killed 19 bears. During hunting season only four bears were taken. Why did cars kill the bears? Because bears had found human food resources and they were living in and near the community and wandering around after dark and no one can see them at night because their fur absorbs all of the light.

How do you stop a bear from become too friendly or curious?
Remove the attraction, make noise, and use bear resistant cans when you hike or at home. The ways of the past has changed. Bears adapt and learn. Rubber buckshot at one time was commonly used to ward off and scare off bears. These days, rubber buckshot doesn’t work . The bears aren’t even scared of it. If they are hungry, they continue to eat their food. The DEC doesn’t move bears anymore because the bears will return and will travel great distances to get home. One bear that was moved out of a populated area was moved 80 miles from its home. It took several weeks, but due to tagging he was traced and returned back to his habitat after traveling 120 miles in the woods.

If you see a bear and it’s a menace call 897-1291 or 897-1326 and report it. Ben or KC will come out and address your bear issues. KC Kelly is the only DEC Encon officer in Northern Hamilton County so he has a lot of ground to cover, but he will respond. He also asked; if you have a neighbor, or see someone attracting bears to your neighborhood, anything unnatural, to call and report it. He just needs the address, not the name, so it takes a community to keep the bears safe.

Humans and bears should ignore each other. Long live the bears.

RondeauFest Brings New Upcoming Acts

July 27th – Save the date. It’s a Bluegrass, Americana Festival of Live Music. Bands booked include, The Blind Owl Band, Chasing Blue and Rosco Bandana on the Hard Rock Records Label. For a great time check out the rockin’ show at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. Saturday, July 27th. Show is 2pm – 9pm. $10 bucks. Kids under 18 are free. We have a shuttle, leave the car at home, give us a call and we’ll pick you up in the town limits. Come by boat and we’ll pick you up at the dock. You won’t want to miss out on this fest. We’ll be adding fun food, activities galore and a good Long Lakey time… Here’s a link to Rosco Bandana’s Brand New Video.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Hamilton County NY by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Birding the ‘Dacks in early June!

Bruce Beehler in a Papua Field

I did my first birding in the Adirondacks in 1962 as a small boy and to this day the Adirondack Park is a birding Mecca for me, especially in the month of June! After a myriad north woods birding experiences over twelve years, I wrote a book about the birds of the Park, and the Adirondacks will forever be a favorite place to get into the woods and chase thrushes, wood warblers, vireos, and my personal favorites, the two elusive species of three-toed woodpeckers.

I am headed up to Hamilton County for the annual Adirondack Wild Birding Festival on 7-6 June. I cancelled a trip to Papua New Guinea and changed jobs just to make sure I was able to get there this year after experiencing the wonders of last year’s festival.

Why is it so great? Great people, wonderful natural environments, and tons of birds in full song—including many species that are difficult to see anywhere else or in any other season. The time is ripe and the locations are stupendous—marshes, lakes, ponds, forests, mountains, and bogs that are the summer home to Mourning Warblers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Bicknell’s Thrushes, and Black-backed Woodpeckers!

I live in the Washington, DC area, and I can hop on a Southwest flight from BWI to Albany and then race my rental car up to Long Lake in no time (with a few stops for roadside birding and taking in the sublime scenery—including the vista of the High Peaks from the Newcomb overlook). In early June the spring tide of nature is rushing at full-flow. There is nothing better to recharge a soul wearied from the urban grind.

This year, my goal is to see twenty warbler species and to hear the songs of four Catharus thrushes (Swainson’s Hermit, Bicknells, and Veery). If we toss in an American Three-toed Woodpecker (a longshot) and an American Bittern (another toughie) we have the makings of a memory to last a lifetime. Birding in beautiful wild lands is, after all, the great memory-maker, and that’s what living is all about!

Bruce Beehler

Long Lake Reality?

It’s a fun place to be this Long Lake. Really. Phone rings at the Main Headquarters.

“Hello, Long Lake Tourism, how may I help you today?”

“So I’m from the National Geographic Show and we’d like to shoot episodes of our TV Show Building Wild in your area. Can you help?”

“Well, I’ll try, what is it, what do you need and how much will it cost me?”

“We need people with land, personality and a dream to build a hideaway cabin in the woods with no electricity and no water and the most difficult access ever, that’s part of the story.. getting there shouldn’t be easy”

“Sold. Where do I sign?”

Yes – it’s true, National Geographic is going to dip it’s toes in the remote waters of the Central Adirondacks and explore Long Lake, NY. Why not? We’ve got bear, loons, owls, bugs, trees, contentious land issues, passionate folks and big personalities. Seems like a good mix for a reality show.

Ok – so look for flyer’s. Call your long lost uncle with that remote piece of property in Long Lake you’ve always wanted to build on. Show us your hunting trophies, or your bird lists … whatever dynamic dream you’ve got, it all plays a part.

Here’s the text from the flier…

Do you dream of a getaway cabin in the middle of nowhere? Building Wild can build it.

Building Wild is a reality TV show setting a course to pull together a crew, materials (most of them, not all) and need the guy with a dream of getting away from it all on his own piece of paradise. (Long Lake, Raquette Lake… totally the perfect locations for this to happen – although I’ve already heard from one friend who summers here to make sure we don’t put the crew near his house.. and so it begins!)

You might be what we’re looking for if you own a remote piece of land, the more remote, the better. Getting there should be half the battle for our crew. (can we say Boat Access only Long Laker’s or Raquette Laker’s?) When we say wilderness, we mean it: from mountain tops to an island on a remote lake. We will put you on camera to document the adventure. If this sounds like you, email
Send Email with a description of yourself (including fun hobbies) your vision for your dream getaway and a photo of your property.

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