About Lisa Ballard

Contributor Lisa Ballard is the author of "Hiking the Adirondacks" and "Best Easy Day Hikes Adirondacks." A native of Saranac Lake, she contributes to numerous magazines and websites from her base camps on Chateaugay Lake and Red Lodge, Montana.

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  1. Ron Turbide says

    Not to brag, but I first climbed Loon Lake Mtn. in the mid 50s hiking the original road, called the fire trail, to a parking area where the observer would walk a short distance to his cabin. From that parking lot, a steep trail called ” the stairs ” took me to the summit. The fire trail was always locked to prevent public vehicle access. The view from the summit was spectacular. The view toward the south side of the mountain always impressed me. The entire Loon Lake range consisting of Bigelow Mtn to the East to Loon Lake Mtn itself to Black Mtn on the West always fascinated me. Until the 60s, my family would hunt the entire northern side of that range. Lots of fond memories there. I’m glad to see that a new “official” trail to the summit has been provided so that more folks can enjoy the view from on high.

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