Posts on Jun 2013

Long Lake Annual Antiques & Vintage Sale Returns July 5th-7th

The Long Lake Antiques & Vintage Sale enters its 28th year in 2013. This year’s vendors feature the return of many long time favorites, including IO Books, The Granary, John J Ryan Antiques, Buyers Paradise, and Casey’s Antiques. Browse unique items including postcards, dinnerware, paintings, furniture, jewelry, and porcelain.

Don’t miss Friday’s Preview and Reception at 5pm – 7pm featuring light refreshments and live acoustic music by Alex Smith. Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, NY, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The son of a boatbuilder/writer/banjo player and a historian, Smith was immersed in folk tradition from a very young age. Around the house, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan were constantly present on the airwaves.

Smith began writing and playing traditional folk songs at the age of 12 or 13, and has not stopped since. The community Smith grew up in is steeped in tradition, and also offers plenty of material for contemporary songs. The work of Adirondack folk legends Dan Berggren, Chris Shaw, and Peggy Lynn were extremely influential, as was Canadian artist Stan Rogers.

Show Hours: Friday, July 5th 5pm – 7pm, Saturday, July 6th from 10am -5pm and Sunday, July 7th 10am-3pm.

The sale will be held at Long Lake Central School, located on School Street across from the Town Hall. Admission is $1 per day. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. Don’t miss your chance to find a treasure at this favorite Long Lake event!

Sargent Pond Loop in Long Lake, NY

This year, Long Lake is offering a new opportunity to hike with Certified Guide Spencer Morrissey. Morrissey is a Long Lake native and has extensively hiked the Adirondacks. This is a unique opportunity to not only hike amazing locations, but also learn more about the area while doing so.

July 15th Castle Rock Loop.
July 29th, Owl’s Head Mountain.
August 5th, Mount Adams
August 12th Indian Pass.

All trips are free and will leave from the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Rd. at 8am. Tips are not required, but they are appreciated. Pre-registration and waiver is required. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Town of Long Lake will provide the transportation to the trail heads and back at the end of the day.

Overview:

Sargent Ponds are located in the approximately 45,000 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and is open to all kind of outdoor activities from mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing, trail running, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting.

The Sargent Ponds Loop makes for an excellent outing for the entire family. One of the nice things about this loop is it can be hiked in its entirety or only in parts. With three very distinctive ponds along the loop, a visitor could visit one or all of them depending on what they had in mind.

For this entire loop it would be required for the hiker to walk North Point Road for 1.5 miles back to their car, unless a second car were available to spot. However, as a visitor to the area a second car might not be an option. With that in mind, the road is a nice walk at the end of a day, but an out and back to Lower Sargent Pond might just be the ticket.

Bug repellant close by, water bottles full, boots tied tight, and camera at the ready you’re off. Starting from the eastern trailhead and hiking in a clockwise direction, just because, you have to start someplace. After a surprisingly quick 1.2 miles over a somewhat heavily used trail you will come to a trail intersection, with only one sign. The sign pointing right leads to
Lower Sargent Pond; left and unmarked is a 0.2 mile trail to the shore of Upper Sargent Pond. Upper Sargent Pond is worth the short hike, if for no other reason than to just look out over the calm waters. This is a fabulous place for a picnic or to wade out and cool off on a hot day. The waters are very shallow allowing hikers to wade out well beyond what most ponds offer.
Returning back to the junction, make this left toward Lower Sargent Pond. This segment of trail is a little more serious with small ups and downs, possible wet crossings, and sections of trail that are very narrow and getting overgrown. Along this route you will begin to see a long marshy area to your left which is part of Middle Sargent Pond but not actually the pond itself – no trail leads to Middle Sargent Pond. At 2.7 miles you will come to another intersection – right is to Grass Pond (the trail you will need to return to) and left is to Upper Sargent Pond. The sign reads Upper Sargent Pond 0.1 miles. A trail then continues along the northern shore for about 0.2 miles to a lean-to if you wish to see it. The trail also continues straight and ends at the Shore of Raquette Lake, 4.0 miles away.

Retrace your steps to the intersection, take that left and continue the loop. This will bring you along a well-maintained trail toward Grass Pond and the western trailhead. It’s only about 0.6 miles to Grass Pond, whose shore is just that, grass-covered, wet and mossy. It is challenging to reach open water, best left for the ducks. However, with that being said, it is a great place to do a bit of bird watching. Great Blue Herons, red-wing blackbirds, and numerous species of song-birds frequent the tall grasses. The slap of a beaver tail or the laughing cackle of a pileated woodpecker could be heard in the distance. The remaining 1.3 miles to the road is a nice, mellow stroll. Small rolling hills dot the landscape and add to the experience. Once at the North Point Road you will need to get back to your vehicle if a second car was not available. It’s a 1.5 mile walk along the windy, somewhat well-traveled road, back to the other trailhead.

Distance Round Trip:
6.8 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 3 to 4 hours, loop
Experienced Hiker: 2.5 to 3 hours, loop
Out of Shape Hiker: 3 to 4 hours, loop

Trailhead Location:
You can find these two trailheads off the Forked Lake Road in Long Lake. Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North Point Road will be on the right, in 3.0 miles – drive down North Point Road. There will be a fork in the road a few miles in; right leads to Forked Lake Campsite, left to the trailheads. The trailheads will both be marked with state DEC signs on the left side of the road. The first trailhead is at 3.1 miles from the intersection with Forked Lake Road; 1.5 miles separate the two trailheads.

Winter Access:
This loop makes for an excellent snowshoe trip, as well as a decent cross-country ski outing. Parts of this loop get subtle use from snowmobiles, so it may have track set for you. If not, you can expect heavy snow and fresh powder.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Death Falls aka Death Brook Falls Makes for a Great Photographic Destination

Overview:

This trail, while quite short is an excellent destination for photographers and bird watchers. You will first need to pinpoint the metal gate which marks the start of the trail. This is not too difficult, just be sure to look for it just west of the entrance to the NYS Golden Beach Campground. There is parking for 2-3 cars. Passing by the gate you will be on an old access road that brings you through a grass field with an attractive wetland to your left.

As you continue by the wetland there are a few small areas that you can approach the shore, but don’t get too close the edges are a bit unstable in parts. This opens up great opportunities for birding and wildlife photography. As you continue through you will notice a split in the trail. Right will lead you around to above the falls – the area above the falls is not recommended for young children. The left fork will lead to the base of the falls. At this point you should be able to hear the water pouring to the rocks below. You will have a small stream crossing to where you will be able to see the falls to the right.
Death Falls is a wide fanning cascade where in the spring or after a heavy rain spell, rainbows often develop. Use this area to do some additional photography, but be aware that the rocks along the brook are very slippery and loose. The steep slopes of Estelle Mountain are directly to the south, as a small pond at the base of the mountain helps nourish this wonderful natural feature.

Elevation:
1950’
Ascent:
180’, easy
Distance Round Trip:
0.6 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 1/2 hour to base of falls
Experienced Hiker: 15 minutes to base of falls
Inexperienced Hiker: 1/2 hour to base of falls

Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road. There is no trailhead sign.

Winter Access:
This makes for an excellent snowshoe or very short cross-country ski destination. Parking in winter can be tough, it is all dependent on if the parking area is plowed.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls for Wild Forest Classification

Map of the Essex Chain featuring some of the roads and driving loops.

The Five Towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson have joined together as the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub to facilitate and lobby for the only economically and environmentally viable classification for the newly acquired 69.000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands. The lands are being added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, publicly owned lands within the Adirondack Park. Wild Forest is the only classification of these lands that will sustain and grow the economy of the Five-Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub located in the central Adirondacks.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls on a promise made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the purchase of these lands will increase the economic opportunities of the 5-Towns by promoting unparalleled, all-access, year-round, four-season recreational activities for residents and visitors.

Viable economic opportunities cannot be leveraged without motorized access for users to increase visitor traffic in and out of the lands. The 5-Towns propose motorized use on an already-established extensive network of logging roads including already established motorized, historical entries at Indian Lake and Newcomb. Vast recreational activities should be permitted including, but not limited to hiking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling tracked grooming, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dog-sledding, seaplane activity and ATV riding.

In addition to promoting the active use of the lands, the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks to preserve and maintain the Outer Gooley Farmhouse, and the Boreas Pond Lodge, which are historical brick and mortar assets available for immediate use and occupancy. These buildings have untapped potential and will afford opportunities including, but not limited to: working space for recreation, training, education, visitor information, outpost for rangers and safety personnel, or as a public facility to stage events or as lodging.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub recognizes land classification must be equal and fair to all citizens. Local entrepreneurial business owners must be afforded an economic benefit and see an increase in visitor traffic in all five-communities. Recreational opportunities must be all-inclusive and diverse to compete on a global stage.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks support from the public, property owners, residents, students and interested citizens of all ages to attend hearings and have their voices heard. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks the newly acquired property to benefit all residents and visitors of New York State and not just an elite few. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub vehemently believes in order to achieve the greatest economic benefit there must be maximum use of those lands, including motorized use to provide easy, up close access to ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and trails by all citizens, including the elderly, handicapped, disabled and physically challenged.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub fervently stands by their position that there is no other suitable classification for these public lands other than Wild Forest.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub invites the public to attend the hearings and support their position.

Following is the full schedule:
June 12. APA offices, Ray Brook, 6 p.m.
June 17. Minerva Central School, Olmstedville, 1 p.m.
June 17. Newcomb Central School, 7 p.m.
June 19. Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, 157 William Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan, 6 p.m.
June 25. Indian Lake Central School, 6 p.m.
July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
July 2. DEC headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.
July 2. Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Lake George, 7 p.m.

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