In January, I hiked three CATS trails for a story in the March/April issue of the Explorer. The hikes took place on the Riverside Trail in Willsboro, North Boquet Mountain near Essex, and Dacy Meadow Farm in Westport. The trails offer a different type of experience than you get with your typical hike on the forest preserve in the interior of the Adirondack Park. Champlain Valley hikes often feature rivers, views of Lake Champlain and Green Mountains, and agricultural land. The valley is a good place to go during mud season because the trails are in the lowlands or on smaller mountains and they dry out faster than those in the High Peaks.
Mike Lynch has been a multimedia reporter for the Explorer since 2014 and can often be found hiking mountains, paddling rivers, or skiing down slopes. His photos complement many of the stories throughout the magazine and website, and he regularly writes wildlife, land acquisition and recreation stories. Mike has also worked as a licensed outdoor guide and thru-paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail. He is the author of 12 Short Hikes on Preserves near Lake George. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for Mike’s newsletter