HIKING

The hikes in the Long Lake and Raquette Lake area boast mountains rich with history and beautiful vistas. Backpacking is a sport and hikers traveling in and around Long Lake make it a stop on their trek on the 133 Northville – Lake Placid Trail. It’s a popular stop to do laundry, send a postcard and gain more supplies for the rest of the journey.

Explore the site of Noah John Rondeau’s hermitage in the wild Cold River Country or take an easy stroll to Buttermilk Falls. Owl’s Head Mountain in Long Lake or West Mountain in Raquette Lake offer more of a challenge and spectacular views. Biking is also a great way to see the Adirondacks. Check out our recreation map for biking info.

LONG LAKE AREA TRAILS

RAQUETTE LAKE AREA TRAILS

5-TOWNS TRAILS

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.

Great Day Hikes:
If there is one thing the area is full of, it’s trails. From a simple walk around a pond to one of our 46’ers, you’re bound to find the trail perfect for you and your family. Below is a quick list of day hike suggestions.

Great Camp Santanoni: Located in Newcomb (15 min drive) this almost entirely flat walk is also great for a bike ride. What’s more there’s a reward at the end. A beautiful, original Great Camp!

Owl’s Head Mountain: This hike is moderate with it’s most challenging bit at the peak. Bring a picnic lunch and dine looking over our Long Lake in all it’s glory. Spring month’s bring bug dope.

Coney Mountain: This hike is perfect for small children. The new trail was built in 2009. Access it from Route 30 North near the County line between Tupper Lake and Long Lake. Click on the link for map and information about this mountain.

For information about the Northville-Lake Placid Trail

Visit Their Website: www.nptrail.org
For printable PDF’s and easy to use maps Click here!: NY Map for Hikers and Bikers
Visit Their Website: Great Walks and Day Hikes (PDF)
Visit Their Website: www.cnyhiking.com

Winter Hiking:


HIKING CAUTIONS…If you’re a fan of winter hiking, the Department of Environmental Conservation is warning people to be prepared for the continued rough conditions in the coming months.

Ice crampons should be carried for use on icy mountains and other exposed areas.

Officials advise that residents dress properly in layers of wool and fleece clothing, not cotton, with hats, gloves, boots and weather-resident outerwear.

Day packs should include an ice axe, food and water, extra clothing, a map, first-aid kit, flashlight and space blankets.

While out in the cold, outdoor adventurers should drink plenty of water as dehydration can lead to hypothermia.

Before heading out, residents should check weather reports and monitor conditions at all times.

Current trail conditions are available by contacting DEC at 897-1200.

Factual Nugget about the Adirondacks:
The network of trails in our area traverse the Forest Preserve deemed “forever wild” by the New York State constitution in 1894. The Adirondack Park is a publicly protected area weaving a tapestry of both public and private lands. Please respect private property when hiking. Please note: The maps on this page are a “general” representation and description of the trails. Please use a topo map and be prepared before hiking in the Adirondacks. Scroll down to “Hiking Trips” to download a Long Lake trail map.

Long Lake and Raquette Lake are small towns surrounded by forest and diverse geography. The nearest hospital is 40 miles away, so keep that in mind when hiking. Many areas do not have cell phone coverage either. Long Lake now boasts AT&T Cell phone service, but be prepared before venturing into the forest.

Hiking Tips:
1. Always have a guidebook and plan to hike according to your ability.
2. Prepare for wet weather and oftentimes trails do cross wet areas and swamps. Follow trail-markers and established paths.
3. Wear layers and non-slip shoes and always carry bug dope.
4. Have a lightweight pack with first aid supplies, compass, trail map, tissues, water, penknife and flashlight.
5. Sunblock
6. Always tell someone where you are going and when to expect your return. Sign in at trail registers. Cell phones don’t always work in our area.
7. Follow markers, don’t veer off the trails, and please stay off private property. (insert No Trespassing Sign)
8. Pack your camera.
9. Always have snacks on hand, gorp is a favorite and if you are on a long backpacking adventure – please read the warnings about bear safety. Bear proof containers are essential, but bears are smart and oftentimes outwit the humans.
10. Water for pets.

Visit Their Website: Department Of Environmental Conservation Website

Hiking Trips:
The Town of Long Lake produces an informational map with a list of hikes in the area. Call 518.624.3077 for your free guide, but please pick up an official topo map at an area store. While Long Lake guides are useful to help plan your trip, they are not an accurate geographical representation of the Adirondack Back country.

Hikes in the brief guide include: Frederica Mountain, Lake Lila. Lake Eaton, Owl’s Head, Northville-Lake Placid Trail, Blue Mountain, Buttermilk Falls, Sargent Pond Loop. In the Raquette Lake area discover Death Brook Falls, South Inlet Falls, Sugar Bush Loop, Sagamore Lake and West Mountain.

Kid friendly hikes include: Coney Mountain, Mt. Sabattis, Goodnow Mountain and Buttermilk, Ferds Bog, Cathedral Pines. All are great for picnics. Best local, low impact and fantastically surprising for wildlife, in the center of Long Lake? The best kept secret in Long Lake is the Jennings Park Nature Trail. Access by the Long Lake Town Ball Field. Great shortcut to the beach.

 

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