Hiking Expeditions Summer Recreation

The Long Lake Parks & Recreation Department offers free, guided summer hiking expeditions.  This program, now in it’s 5th season engages our visitors in our Adirondack Mountains.  Explore our region with seasoned guides.  

If you’ve always wanted to hike in the area, but seek for a deeper, more meaningful experience, these trips are worth it.  

Lace up the hiking boots and join us.  Please note:  Check the times for departure.  All participants are to fill out waivers and emergency contact info.  Call 518.624.3077 to register for hikes.  Must be pre-registered to participate.

Hike Coney and Goodman Mountains with Spencer Morrissey
On July 10th, look for a special “Two-Fer” expedition.  With a combined total of under 5-miles this two-fer hike is part of the Tupper Lake Triad. First the group will hike Goodman Mountain which is an easy to moderate hike of around 1-mile to an open summit and outstanding views of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. We will then catch the bus to head up the road a bit to Coney Mountain which is also around a 1-mile hike to a bald summit and 360-degree views. Coney would also be considered easy to moderate.  Meet time would be 8-am at the Geiger Arena with a planned hike time of 8:30am to 2:30pm. 

Spring Pond Bog Preserve with Joan Collins
Boreal Birding
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Tupper Lake, NY
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, 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.  We will make a couple other stops and hike along level dirt roads in boreal forest within the Spring Pond Bog complex.  Bring food (lunch), 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.  Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077.  This field trip is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.  There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Wolf Pond Trail With Joan Collins
August 14, 2018, 6am

Join Joan Collins for a hike on a lovely trail to Wolf Pond.This new 2.4 mile foot trail leads through mostlyboreal habitat with gentle ups and downs.The trail ends at Wolf Pond, which has floating bog mats on its westernside and spectacular views of the High Peaks to the north.Common Loon, Black-backed Woodpecker, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Winter Wren, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, and manywarbler species including Ovenbird, Magnolia, Blackburnian, and Black-throatedBlue Warblers can be found along the trail and at the pond. At this time of year, we will also observeinteresting mushrooms and wildflowers.Thereis a brand new lean-to located near Wolf Pond where we can take a foodbreak.

Plan to hike 4.8 miles round trip.Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 6 a.m. for transportation to the Wolf Pond Trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! (If you are traveling from the east, the bus can meet you at a more convenient location.)There is an outhouse at the Wolf Pond Trailhead (the parking area is located along the Blueridge Road where it crosses the Boreas River) and a new “open-air” outhouse (no walls!) near Wolf Pond, in addition to a restroom at the Geiger Arena bus 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. You must register in advance. 

Sawyer Mountain with Spencer Morrissey
Tuesday, August 28th, 8am 
Meet at the Geiger Arena
6 Pavilion Way, Long Lake NY

This hike of around 2-miles to the summit of a rocky outcropping referred to as Sawyer Mountain. This hike is considered moderate to difficult due to the fact that it is a bushwhack and no trails will be available to use. The forest is a lovely open hardwoods that delivers us to an open top with a balanced boulder and phenomenal views. Meet time is 8am at Geiger Arena and an estimated return time of 2pm. Limit of 8-participants on this trip. Please also make note that proper clothing and footwear are required to join in.

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