Guided Hikes Offered in Long Lake

For the last several years the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department has offered a unique municipal hiking program with guides Joan Collins, an avid birder, blogger and owner of Adirondack Avian Expeditions, and with Spencer Morrissey, a Long Lake native, also a prolific writer, mountain climber, photographer and Adirondack adventurer.

This unique program was started when the community recognized that there are visitors to the community looking to go on hikes, but may not know just where to start. Joan and Spencer both offer unique points of view, skill and talent. They planned area hikes that are open to everyone, visitors and residents. There is space max of 15 per trip and sign ups must be in advance and folks arriving the day of with out signing up in advance could potentially be turned away.

The Town of Long Lake offers Adirondack Hiking Trips in the summer.

The Town of Long Lake offers Adirondack Hiking Trips in the summer.

To register call Steph Hample at 518.624.3077.

Joan will also be leading expeditions for the Hamilton County Birding Festival coming up June 10-12th. For a schedule click here. Hamilton County Birding Festival 2016

So please sign up, bring the kids, and join us in the Town of Long Lake for some wonderful hiking expeditions. And as always as we do offer these trips for free, we ask that those taking advantage of Long Lake adventures, consider investing some dollars in our local economy too. Purchase local and help sustain our year-round economy.

2016 Hikes with Joan Collins:

Joan Collins Portrait

Spring Pond Bog Hike with Joan Collins sponsored by Long Lake on July 12, 2016

Spring Pond Bog Hike with Joan Collins sponsored by Long Lake on July 12, 2016

Spring Pond Bog
Boreal Birding
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Bus Departure at 7am, Long Lake Geiger Arena Parking Lot at Mt. Sabattis, 6 Pavilion Way

Join Joan Collins for a hike to scenic Spring Pond Bog. One of the most popular birding destinations in the Adirondacks and a designated “Important Bird Area” (IBA), Spring Pond Bog is the second largest bog in the New York State. This Adirondack Nature Conservancy property contains diverse habitats and bird species. Wetlands, bogs, boreal forest, mixed and deciduous forests, and areas growing back from logging activity, can all be found at this Tupper Lake property. Spring Pond Bog is a primary study site for Spruce Grouse researchers in the Adirondacks. Eighteen warbler species breed in this area including Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Palm, and Canada Warblers. Other boreal species include Common Loon, Northern Goshawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, and Alder Flycatchers, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak, and the increasingly rare Spruce Grouse. The hiking trail to Spring Pond Bog gradually climbs through a hardwood forest to a glacial esker. There is a boardwalk loop to the right of the esker that takes visitors into the bog for close-up views of plant and bird life. The trail is less than a mile long. Bring food, water, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 7 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! There is a restroom at the Geiger Arena meeting location. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Roosevelt-Truck Trail is an excellent place to explore

Roosevelt-Truck Trail is an excellent place to explore

Roosevelt Truck Trail
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Bus Departure at 7am, Long Lake Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way

Lovely, mature boreal habitat spans the 2.5 mile long Roosevelt Truck Trail. This wide, road-sized trail runs between Route 28N and the Blue Ridge Road in Minerva. Joan Collins will lead a hike along this route beginning at the Blue Ridge Road trailhead and ending at the Route 28N trailhead. The trail has hilly and level terrain with an overall loss of 100 feet in elevation by the end of our hike. The habitat along the route provides a year-round home to many boreal bird species. Participants will also be looking for animal tracks – Black Bear and Moose tracks are frequently found on this old road. In August, the Roosevelt Truck Trail is a wonderful place to look for mushrooms and lichens. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 7 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! There is a restroom at the Geiger Arena, and there are two outhouses along the trail at camping locations. Bring food, water, a jacket, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Always a popular fall destination.  Sign up early!  This trip fills up fast.  Leaf Peeping is breathtaking.

Always a popular fall destination. Sign up early! This trip fills up fast. Leaf Peeping is breathtaking.


Low’s Ridge – Upper Dam Trail
Leaf Peeping and Birding!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Bus Departure at 7am, Long Lake Geiger Arena, Mt. Sabattis, 6 Pavilion Way

Join Joan Collins for a walk into beautiful Hitchins Pond and the Upper Dam on the Bog River. Common Loons nest on Hitchins Pond each year. Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons are also a common sight. The route is an old dirt road that passes through many lovely and varied habitat areas including a boreal bog, marsh, mixed forest, and ponds/lakes. After the 2.5 mile walk on level terrain to Hitchins Pond, there will be a food break at a scenic picnic area. Participants may order lunch from the ADK Trading Post. Lunch menus will be provided before departure. Order and enjoy a warm Panini delivered picnic side via guide boat! There will be an optional 2 mile round trip hike up Low’s Ridge featuring spectacular views of the Bog River Valley and High Peaks. The round trip distance is 5 miles, or 7 miles if the hike up Low’s Ridge is added. Bring food (lunch can be ordered at departure), water, a jacket, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 8 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! There is an outhouse at Hitchins Pond and a restroom at the Geiger Arena meeting location. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Summer 2016 Hikes with Spencer Morrissey:

Spencer Morrissey

Spencer Morrissey

All trips meet and depart from the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. Call 624-3077. You must pre-register in advance. These trips are free and guided by Spencer Morrissey. The Town of Long Lake provides transportation to provide minimize impact at trailhead.

July 26, 2016 – Mt. Adams, 8am Departure
5.2 miles round trip
8:00 am meet time at Geiger Arena
Moderate to Steep
Climb to one of the great Adirondack fire tower peaks and enjoy outstanding views deep into the High Peaks Region. Expect an easy hike to scenic Lake Jimmy and the old Observer’s cabin and then a more moderate to steep terrain along the summit trail to the top. Go into the fire tower for the views that will be an awe inspiring moment.

August 23rd, 2016 – Castle Rock Loop, 8am Departure
August 23rd
Castle Rock Loop – Blue Mountain Lake
4.25 miles Loop
8:00 am meet time at Geiger Arena
Easy to moderate
Hike this fascinating loop with stellar views out over Blue Mountain Lake and far into the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area. Gentle terrain will lead you to a slightly steeper final climb to a small cave passage and then the summit of Castle Rock. We will finish off the loop with a lovely walk along a different trail that passes by scenic Chub Pond

The Long Lake Little bus will provide transportation to hiking site. All hikers meet at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena across from the Long Lake Post office located on Pavilion Way and 1100 Deerland Road (off of South Hill Road) NYS Route 30.

You must sign up in advance. Due to group restriction size the max number for the trip is 15.

While this trip is free, we encourage gratuities and family donations to the Parks & Rec department to help off-set the cost of this expedition program.

All hikers must sign waiver forms which will be available the day of the hike.

Summer Gear List

Trekking Poles
Comfortable hiking boots or trail shoes
Extra pair of socks
Rain Jacket
Camera
Headlamp – just in case
Small backpack
2 liters of water, minimum
Lunch and snacks
Sunscreen
Bug repellant – might not need it

Sunglasses-optional
Hat-optional

Avoid cotton. It isn’t a huge deal in the summer, but if it gets wet it will stay wet and become heavy and uncomfortable.

To sign up for a trip call 518.624.3077.