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.
RAQUETTE LAKE AREA TRAILS
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
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 to 70 miles away depending on the community you make as your home base , so keep that in mind when hiking. Many areas do not have cell phone coverage either. Long Lake now boasts AT&T & Verizon Cell phone service. Raquette Lake has limited cell phone service, both Verizon and AT&T depending on your ability to ping your signal off of Blue Mountain, but be prepared before venturing into the forest. SAVE YOUR CELL PHONE BATTERY. AND ALWAYS TELL SOMEONE where you are going and how long you anticpate being out of range!
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.
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
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.
Low’s Ridge – Upper Dam Trail
Leaf Peeping and Birding!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
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 7 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.
We encourage each and every visitor to follow the Leave No Trace, 7 Principals.
Plan Ahead and Prepare
-Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit.
-Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
-Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
-Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.
-Repackage food to minimize waste.
-Use a map and compass or GPS to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Durable surfaces include maintained trails and designated campsites, rock, gravel, sand, dry grasses or snow.
-Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
-Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.In popular areas:Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
-Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
-Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
-In pristine areas:Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
-Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite, food preparation areas, and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
-Utilize toilet facilities whenever possible. Otherwise, deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. -Cover and disguise the cathole when finished. (if you don’t know what a cathole is.. you could be in the wrong part of the website)
-Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products.
-To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
Leave What You Find
-Preserve the past: examine, photograph, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
-Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
-Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
-Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
Minimize Campfire Impacts
-Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
-Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or mound fires.
-Keep fires small. Only use down and dead wood from the ground that can be broken by hand.
-Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
-Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
-Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, [habituates them to humans], and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
-Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
-Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
-Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors
-Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
-Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
-Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
-Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
-Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.