Posts on Mar 2019

St. Patricks Day Weekend Fun in the ADKS!

It’s St. Patricks Day Weekend in the Adirondacks of 2019.

After a record setting year for snowfall and snowpack, come celebrate the last official “calendar” weekend of winter in Long Lake with green beer, green eggs, and Live Music!  Plenty of activities line the calendar, but we’ve done the work to sum up what is going on in and around the area this weekend.

Fun for everyone from the avid snowmobilier, to the x-c skier, for first time snow-shoers and explorers and families and more!  Really, we have plenty do do and save yourself the trouble of investigating and use our guide for the best ideas! 

Kick off the weekend on Friday night at the Adirondack Hotel.  There will be live music by rock n roll fiddle player Nelson Rock starting at 8pm and don’t be suprrised if he breaks out into a couple of Irish Jigs to get the dancing starting out on the right foot for the weekend.  

Check out upcoming events including the traditional St. Patricks Day Buffet at the Long Lake Diner featuring a buffet for $21.  Buffet includes corned beef, cabbage & potatoes, pasta with chicken, parmesan cheese and seasonal vegetables and more.  Check it out at 1161 Main Street.  Following dinner, check out great live music Sat Night by Tyler Peter & Michelle Howland, Acoustic Duo starting at 8pm.   More info 518-624-3941

Also on Saturday you are welcome to check out The Raquette Lake Hotel & Tap Room. They always celebrate St. Patricks Day with the traditions of the Norris and Harrington families.  Corned beef and cabbage will served around 5:00pm followed by a short “parade, “ if you can call it that.. and of course.. beer.  Please note – regular dinner will not be served on Saturday at the Tap Room so you can save room for cabbage!
 
On Sunday, March 17th at 7am come to the Adirondack Hotel for a special St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast special featuring Kegs & Eggs until 10am. Enjoy eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast.  Enjoy a beer or a Bloody Mary with breakfast.
 
Other places to stop in and grab a bite locally for the weekend, don’t miss the Adirondack Growl and Grub with their yummy deli sandwiches, and salads paired with their wide selection of craft beer and cider.  If it’s specialty pizza you have a hankering for, don’t miss out on Turner’s Pizza. Find both the Growl & Turner’s located behind Hoss’s Country Corner off of Newcomb Road and Main Street.  The Long View Lodge will be open Friday at 3pm-9pm for dinner and lunch on Saturday at 11:00am. 
 
Other fun activities for St. Patricks Weekend include:
A ski or snowshoe trek during Camp Santanoni’s last Winter Weekend during 2019! On March 16-17, you’ll be able to go into the Gate Lodge and Main Lodge of the Camp, view displays about the Great Camp and take short interpretive tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage volunteers. The 10-mile round trip on gently rolling terrain will take you past the Santanoni Farm and through the Forest Preserve on a wide, old road (no vehicle access).

The Artist’s Studio, a stone building near the Main Lodge on the shores of Newcomb Lake, will be open as a warming hut from 10-3 each day. Enjoy free coffee, tea or hot chocolate by the woodstove (bring a cup if you can, but there will be plenty available!). Hosted by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Newcomb. 
 
X-C ski rentals available at Hoss’s Country Corner in Long Lake NY.  518-624-2481.
 
Spring snowmobile riding in the Adirondacks has arrived. Check out the latest SNOWMOBILE conditions daily at https://mylonglake.com/snowmobiling/  And if you need a part or a tow, don’t worry, we have Cody at Heckman’s Engines to help lend a hand in the event you are running into any mechanical trouble along the way.  Call 518-637-4661.
 
Grooming schedule – our groomers are out daily- overnight, including Friday and Saturday nights as long as conditions allow, but please check conditions.  Spring conditions mean that the trail conditions change daily.  When conditions work we regularly groomed trails including Tupper Trail C7B, Newcomb Trail C7B, Powerline S80, Lake Eaton S86, Sabattis Road Shelf C7B and the Train Tracks groomed by Beaver River Snowmobile Association. In Raquette Lake connect on the 7th Lake Mountain  Trail, Dump Road, Browns Tract, Uncas and The Bug Lake Trail. Come on into town for gas at the Long View Lodge or Stewart’s Shops or in Raquette Lake at Raquette Lake Supply. 
 
Kids got Cabin Fever? Check out the Family Friendly Weekend Activity at The Wild Center located a short-drive away in Tupper Lake, NY. Get your family out of the house for Family Weekends at The Wild Center. Every week will feature a different nature-themed watercolor painting project in Art Studio, our interactive space where you can discover the intersections of nature and art. Grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails to explore on your own or on a guided naturalist walk or simply relax inside with The Wild Center’s river otters, a featured film and a warm beverage while you explore The Wild Center’s exhibits and see an Adirondack animal up close. Family Weekends are free for members or with paid admission which includes free use of snowshoes.
 
Stay local and check out The Geiger Arena and Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake for free downhill sledding and free ice skating. Plenty of activities including games and so much more.  Sam will have the rink open at 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend!  Call 518-624-3031 for ice conditions and info! 
 
Need lodging?  Plenty of comfortable rooms available at the Adirondack Hotel 518-624-4700 or Long View Lodge 518-624-2862 or click on our Winter Lodging Rentals for more info.  Check out the Raquette Lake Hotel & Tap Room for lodging in Raquette Lake. Call 315-354-4581 for reservations. 
 
For more upcoming local events info check out our calendar at https://mylonglake.com/monthly-calendar/

Fun Things to Do this weekend and share on social media and use our hashtag #feelinglonglakey #mylonglake #raquettelake 

Here’s your Fun Check List- Make a Game of it and share your photos with us on social media!  

Visit Buttermilk Falls off Northpoint Road
Visit Bog River Falls just north of Long Lake off of Horseshoe Lake Road
Visit Death Brook Falls in Raquette Lake.  Be careful when parking! It’s tight off route 28.
Check out the Long Lake Library open til 3pm on Saturday
Walk around Lake Eaton Campground check out the silhouette of “The Lady of the Lake” aka the backside of Lake Eaton
Try ice skating at the Geiger Arena
Use the wooden tobaggan at Mt. Sabattis **fun fact – the sledding hill and Geiger Arena are located at Mt. Sabattis at 6 Pavilion Way.  
Eat a s’more at the Geiger Arena 
Stand on the Lifeguard Stand at the Long Lake Beach and send us your picture
Get your photo taken at the Selfie Board located up at the skating rink
Ice Fish on Raquette Lake – just leave your ice shanty at home, shanties come off lakes on Friday, March 15th


 

Take a snowmobile to the Top of Mt. Sabattis to capture this view.  Located off of S80.  Not sure where to go, ask Sam at the Geiger Arena.  

Free ice skates and sleds available at the Geiger Arena. Open all weekend!  

There are two lodgings that we know of (we know there are more) that boast Moose Heads on their property.  Go find them, take a selfie and hashtag #feelinglonglakey

Record setting snowfall in 2019 should hold up in the woods to make for some great spring conditions in the woods.  Check out our snowmobile trail conditions for updated info.  

The Wild Center is a short twenty minute drive from Long Lake. Open on weekends.  Check it out in the “off-season”  Activities for kids and a wonderful destination for all. 

Got Snow? Need Shoes? Try out these Snowshoe Treks

If you are interested in taking the plunge into winter hiking, or want to share your passion for winter recreation with your kids or friends who are just beginning, Long Lake is the perfect hub.  With a variety of trails and mountains within a 20 minute drive, from toddler up to grandparents, and novice to expert, there is something for everyone and all experience levels.


Long Lake also offers multiple year-round lodging and dining options, stores to stock up on hats, gloves, and gear, or last minute things you may have forgotten.
 
These trails are listed from easier to harder, although all of them shouldn’t be a problem for the average person to complete.
 
Catlin Bay, Long Lake NY   (Easy/Beginner)
2.2 mile round trip from parking lot, located off Tarbell Hill Rd.
 
This is a great hike for the novice snowshoer looking to get some experience winter hiking. The trail is an easy 1.1 mile rolling trail to Catlin Bay on Long Lake, with some outstanding views of the lake, along with plenty of spots for a picnic, including some DEC maintained camp sites and a lean-to. The trail follows the Northville-Lake Placid trail both out and back, and should be fairly well traveled, and is well marked.  On a scale of 1-5 (1 being easiest) this hike should be about a 1 or 2.
 
Newcomb Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC)   (Easy)
5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
518-582-2000
 
Many Trails around the Campus
 
The Newcomb VIC is another excellent area for people just getting into the winter hiking and snowshoe world, especially those looking for an educational aspect to their adventure.  The VIC has a number of well-maintained, flat to moderately inclined, trails running all over their campus, with signs at various points detailing information about specific flora and fauna to keep your eye out for. If you go on the weekend, there will be a staff naturalist on site that you can speak with and learn more about the property and wildlife in the area.  The VIC trail system also connects with the road into Great Camp Santanoni, for the ambitious hikers who want to log some miles that day.  This trail system ranges from a 1 to 2 in difficulty.
 
Sawyer Mountain, Between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake  (Intermediate)
6.8 miles from gas station in Blue Mountain Lake, Trail head is on the right
 
2.1 mile round trip
 
While this hike does not boast some of the summit views that other area hikes might offer, it has multiple look-out points along the trail, and just after the summit, that more than make up for it.  From parking lot to summit is just over one mile, and mostly meanders through the woods, with some very minimal scrambling towards the summit, but nothing a child couldn’t easily get over.  The summit is mostly wooded in, but the scenery from the two look out points below the summit, and the one after the summit offer stunning views of the surrounding area.
This trail is fairly well trafficked, but shouldn’t be too busy most of the time, and is the perfect trail to bring your family pet along for the adventure.  This trail is rated around a 2-3 in difficulty, and should be handled by just about anyone.
 
Castle Rock, Blue Mountain Lake NY   (Intermediate)
1.6 miles down Maple Lodge Rd. in Blue Mountain Lake
 
2.8 mile round trip
 
Bang for your buck, Castle Rock provides some of the best views in the area without requiring a full day, or a particularly arduous hike. The 2.8 mile round trip is relatively easy, and offers an easier path to the summit called “The Loop Trail” which is very well marked at the trailhead. Added bonus to the hike are the “Talon” caves just before the summit. This hike is rated around a 2-3, depending on if you use the Loop Trail to summit.
 
Owl’s Head Mountain, Long Lake NY   (Intermediate)
1.6 miles from Route 30 on Endion Rd.
 
6.3 mile round trip
 
Don’t be intimated by the mileage on this hike, the first 2/3 of the trail are easy to moderate without too great of an incline or decline, the last 1/3 becomes mostly moderate, with a small scramble just before the summit. The summit itself offers beautiful 180 degree views, or climb the fire tower to take in the full 360 degree view, just make sure to take your snowshoes off before ascending the stairs.  Owl’s Head is a great trail to bring kids on their first “longer” hike due to the mellowness of most of the trail, and the payoff at the summit is more than worth the half day it might require. This hike is rated a 3-4, mostly due to the length, and the brief scramble just below the summit.
 
Some brief notes about winter hiking and things to consider/take with you on your next adventure:
 
Bring extra water (preferably in a container it can’t freeze in) because your hydration system drinking tube will freeze very quickly.
 
Pack multiple extra layers, including base layers, socks, hats, and at least one down jacket.
 
Remember that the days are very short in the winter, so plan your start time accordingly, and always take a headlamp and extra batteries with you.
 
Keeping your feet and hands warm and dry is of the utmost importance. Bring different options of gloves to make sure your hands stay toasty, but not too sweaty.
 
If you are attempting a longer hike, pack some things that can warm someone up rapidly, such as hand warmers, down jackets and pants, and a thermos of hot liquid such as miso soup or chicken broth.
 
The last thing to remember when jumping into winter hiking, do not pack what just what you think you will personally need, but pack what you think it will take to keep one of your hiking partners warm for 6-8 hours if they become incapacitated.  Stay warm, stay safe, sign the registration box, don’t litter, and take lots of pictures.

Written by Tim Helms, Long Lake Events Coordinator 2019
 

MUST SEES

First time visitors – short walks that are easy, and kid and dog friendly

Lake Eaton Campground – EASY

Buttermilk Falls – EASY – From town, travel south on NYS Route 30/28N towards Blue Mt. Lake for 2.9 miles, make a right at County Route 3/North Point Road/Buttermilk Falls Road.  Drive 2.1 miles and parking area will be on the right.

Coney Mountain – Easy/Intermediate
Winter Climbing: This trail is typically broken out by midday after a storm but can become quite slippery as you approach the summit. This is a great snowshoe, not recommended for skiing.

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