Leaf Peeping Fall Hiking Trips Slated for Long Lake Area

The Town of Long Lake will be offering three fall hikes during the leaf peeping season. The dates for the hikes will be September 28, October 5 and October 12th. They will be led by NYS certified guides Spencer Morrissey and Joan Collins. These hikes are offered to participants for no charge, but gratuities for the guides are encouraged and appreciated.

Spencer Morrissey

Spencer Morrissey is a 46er, a bushwack 46er, and Adirondack 100 finisher. He has climbed 675 different Adirondack peaks. Morrissey is proficient in GPS, map and compass navigation. In addition to year-round Adirondack excursions, Morrissey has also been a team leader of a Mt. Rainer expedition, a Team Leader for Mount Adams in Washington State, completion of New Hampshire’s 4000 footers, Death Valley expeditions as well as a vast resume of winter excursions. Morrissey is the author of “The Other 54,” and “Adirondack Trail Runner.” He also writes for the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau and the Town of Long Lake’s website www.mylonglake.com/blog.

Joan Collins is a New York State licensed bird guide, bird walk leader, writer, speaker on ornithology topics and an Adirondack 46er. She has led walks and made presentations for many organizations including Audubon, the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association. Joan is a serious ear-birder and is fascinated by bird vocalizations/sounds, bird behavior, migration, and the history of North American Ornithology. Joan Collins is a Fully Insured, New York State (NYS) Licensed Guide. Joan is a
Board Member NYS Ornithological Association and Northern NY Audubon Society.

View from Lows Ridge, photo by Spencer Morrissey

Saturday, September 28, West Mountain, in Raquette Lake, NY with Spencer Morrissey. Departure 9am. On this 9.6 mile round trip outing you will enjoy a slightly challenging full-day hike up a former firetower peak. This peak even without the tower offers very nice views of the surrounding area. Located in Raquette Lake you will have the opportunity to enjoy another region of the Central Adirondacks.

Saturday, October 5, 2013, Departure 8am
Lows Ridge/Hitchins Pond with Certified NYS Wilderness Guide, Joan Collins

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. After the 2.5 mile walk on level terrain to Hitchins Pond, there will be a food break at a scenic picnic area. There will be an optional 1.5 mile round trip hike up Low’s Ridge featuring spectacular views of the Bog River Valley and High Peaks.

This is a flat, but long trip in a very isolated area. Hikers must be in appropriate condition and carry ample energy food and lunch due to the length of the walk. Check in with trip organizers to order a lunch to be delivered trailside from the Adk Trading Post for $10. The trip is approximately five to six hours in length.

Bug protection, hat, sunscreen, water, lunch, binoculars and appropriate clothing/jacket and footwear. Lunch menus will be provided and must be returned and paid for in cash before departure.

Saturday, October 12, Indian Pass with Spencer Morrissey, 9am
This 10.4 mile, one way through hike has been one of the more popular outings we have offered and have decided to open it up again for those who missed out. This time we will be hiking all the way through the pass from Tahawus to Lake Placid where the little bus will pick us up. This outstanding historic hike offers easy to very difficult terrain, but along the way the views and vistas are well worth the added effort.

All hikes require pre-registration and up to 15 can sign up for the excursion. Hikes are open to all ages, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 518-624-3077 to reserve your spot.

Free transportation is provided and all trips will depart from the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Rd, Long Lake NY. Pre-registration is recommended. Register by calling 518.624.3077. Please note that there are different departure times. September 28, West Mountain 9am, October 12th, Indian Pass, 9am and October 5th, Hitchin’s Pond/Lows Ridge 8am.

Gratuities Encouraged!