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July, 2019

Efforts Underway To Protect Historic Essex Quarry As A Nature Park


Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has announced plans to preserve 35 acres in the Town of Essex, NY, on land that features 400 million-year-old fossils — part of an ancient coral reef — as well as a type of forest considered globally rare and an historic stone quarry. The Essex Quarry Nature Park will be located on the southern edge of the hamlet, a short distance from the Essex – Charlotte, Vt. ferry landing. Plans for the Nature Park include hiking trails and interpretive signs on the site of the former Essex Quarry that operated from the » Continue Reading. View >>More


July, 2019

DEC Announces Completion of Big Slope Bridge


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of the 135-foot Big Slope Bridge and improvements to the Big Slope Trail and Powerhouse Trail, part of the Great Camp Sagamore trail system in the Blue Ridge Wilderness in Hamilton County. The new bridge is located over wetlands on the Big Slope Connector Trail between the Sagamore Lake Trail and the Power House Trail. After an initial site visit and development of a work plan in November 2017, DEC, Camp Sagamore staff, and volunteers worked for nearly two years to complete the bridge. In June 2018, >>More


July, 2019

Featured Paddle: Hoel, Turtle, Slang, and Long Ponds, Lake Clear


Hoel, Turtle, Slang, and Long Pond are part of a route known as the Nine Carries located in the St. Regis Canoe Area. Beginning at the parking area for Hoel Pond, paddle approximately one mile across the pond until you reach the train crossing. A culvert passes under the tracks into Turtle Pond. Carry over the tracks or pass through the culvert if there is enough water flowing through. Turtle pond is a much smaller narrower body of water. At about eight tenths of a mile long, paddling this pond can be much less demanding. » Continue Reading. View original >>More


July, 2019

Body Recovery on Marcy; Rescues at Algonquin, Poke-O, Cliff, Vanderwhacker, Lyon Mts, Indian Falls


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Recovery: On July 16 at 11:20 am, DEC’s Raybrook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 61-year-old male hiker from Savannah, NY, who suffered a cardiac >>More


July, 2019

Zipline, Chairlift Rides Added At Gore Mountain


Gore Mountain is open Thursday-Sunday for summer fun, and has two new activities for guests to enjoy. A new zipline ride offers up to two people at a time an opportunity to soar for about 300′ over the Base Area. Also, open-air chairlift rides aboard the high-speed Adirondack Express will alternate with the traditional Northwoods Gondola rides to provide another option for taking in the views and accessing a variety of hiking and mountain biking terrain. Other attractions include a Climbing Challenge Course, Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, and Obstacle Inflatable. New Picnic Basket Lunches are available from the sundeck’s Open >>More


July, 2019

Questions Surround New Frontier Town Campground Trail System


The new Frontier Town state campground was opened to great fanfare just before the July 4th holiday this year. The campground is now fully developed with campsites, trails, and amenities such as showers, playgrounds, horse stalls, pavilions, and scenic lookouts on the banks of the Schroon River, among other features. Construction of the new Paradox Brewery is well underway. The Frontier Town Campground is designed to pay homage to the western themes of the old Frontier Town wild west amusement park that was in its heyday in the decades after the Second World War. The amusement park had become dilapidated >>More


July, 2019

Brant Lake Canoe Race Revived


The North Warren Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of the Great Brant Lake Canoe Race has been set for August 17th. Paddlers of canoes, kayaks, SUPs and guide boats will begin at the north end of the lake and paddle 5.5 miles into the outlet, finishing just above the Mill Pond dam in the Hamlet of Horicon. The start will be at the bridge at the north end of Brant Lake at 9:30 am. The race will finish at the take out at The Hub’s dock, just upstream of the Mill Pond bridge. There will be registration on >>More


July, 2019

Farm Stops Announced for 2019 Bike the Barns


Six area farmers are set to share their experiences at this year’s Bike the Barns, an annual farm-by-bike event hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA). The one-day recreational cycling tour is planned for Sunday, September 29th. The tour begins and ends at Tucker Farms in Gabriels and offers four route options to suit riders’ preferences. Farm tours at six area farms will give Bike the Barns participants the opportunity to learn about the region’s agricultural history, its diversity of farms, and the local food movement. Participating farms include Dandelion Farms in Saranac Lake; Iron Rooster Farm » Continue >>More


July, 2019

SOLO Wilderness First Aid Class To Be Held


A SOLO Wilderness First Aid course has been set for Thursday, August 1, and Friday, August 2, from 8 am to 5 pm, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County Education Center on 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg. Successful completion of this 16-hour course will enable participants to receive SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities) Wilderness First Aid certification. Registration is open to youth, ages 12 years and older, and adults. The intensive course includes detailed scenario of injuries that are common in wilderness or remote locations. The training includes how to utilize common pieces of clothing and equipment >>More


July, 2019

Thirteenth Lake Loon History Paddle Tuesday


Garnet Hill Outdoor Center in North River is set to host a paddle, reception, and presentation on the history and conservation of loons on Tuesday, July 23. Dr. Nina Schoch will give an overview of the Adirondack loon population and threats affecting their health and existence. To put a discussion on loons in perspective, there will be a 4 pm guided paddle on Thirteenth Lake, a short distance from the Garnet Hill Lodge’s Outdoor Center. Following the paddle, there will be a 6 pm reception at the Outdoor Center, which is located on the grounds of the Inn. Dr. Shoch, >>More