Outdoors

New trail, same killer views

LAKE PLACID — Just when the leaves began to change this fall, the rain moved in. With almost no precipitation all summer, it seemed like a cruel joke to have fall foliage at its peak when most of the peaks themselves were covered by gray clouds. So when the weather called for a break ...

Sharing the woods, waters and trails in hunting season

With the annual big game hunting season up and and running in full gear, there will be archers, muzzleloaders, hand-gunners along with an assortment of riflemen and women taking to the woods and waters. Woods walkers and leaf peepers will soon have to deal with an additional influx of small ...

Dewey lights on hold

SARANAC LAKE — The town Harrietstown and the Dewey Mountain Friends will not add lights to the new trails at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center this year, after looking at two new test lights. “The lights were like if you were looking at a Walmart parking lot,” said town ...

Rangers locate lost duck hunters

HAMMOND — Forest rangers recently rescued a pair of duck hunters who became lost in this St. Lawrence County town southeast of Ogdensburg. Just before 8:30 p.m. Sunday, two men called the state Department of Environmental Conservation central dispatch to report they had become lost in the ...

Garbage fire leads to charge for illegal deer hunting

PITCAIRN — The smell of burning garbage led an environmental conservation officer to a bait pile he said hunters were using to illegally attract deer to shoot. On Friday, Sept. 28, state Department of Environmental Conservation police officer Scott Atwood was on patrol when he noticed a ...

Grant could help Council, state expand wilderness

The Adirondack Council, a green group based in Elizabethtown, recently received a $45,000 grant that the group hopes could lead to the creation of a new wilderness area within the Blue Line. For nearly three decades, the Council has been trying to establish, with the state, a Boreal ...

Fire tower proposed in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau invited professional fire tower restorer Dave Vana to speak at the village Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday night to float the idea of installing a fire tower in the village. According to documents Vana distributed at the meeting, a ...

DEC: No bear involved in Hague incident

HAGUE — Authorities have determined that the man who reported he was attacked by a black bear in Hague late Monday fabricated the claim, but the injured man told a reporter Wednesday that he didn’t remember what happened. Joel Jordon of Hague suffered head and arm injuries that required ...

DEC: Weekend shuttle to trailheads was a success

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation closed parking along state Route 73 this past Columbus Day weekend to curtail the number of cars lined up near the Cascade and Pitchoff mountain trailheads. Cascade and Pitchoff are two of the most hiked trails in the ...

DEC announces new take-out on Sacandaga River

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it had finished work on a new access point to the Sacandaga River in the southern Adirondacks. The paddlers’ take-out is on conservation easement land in the town of Arietta, Hamilton County. The easement lands ...

TRIAD Challenge is back Saturday

TUPPER LAKE — There is still time to enter the Big Tupper Brewing TRIAD Challenge to be held Saturday. One day, three mountains. This timed event will require participants to run, walk, or crawl up the three mountains that make up the Tupper Lake Triad. Starting at 9 a.m. at the ...

VIC hosts mushroom hunting

SARANAC LAKE — With baskets, guide books and a tree limb festooned with bio-luminescent mushrooms, a posse formed in the Paul Smith’s college Visitor Interpretive Center to hunt mushrooms on Oct. 5, as part of a foray hosted by the ADK Mycology Club. Club advisers Thomas Huber, ...

Glennon, Smith join forces with AWI

SARANAC LAKE — Things were looking bleak for the small staff of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack office earlier this year when the parent organization announced the program’s closure, but its director and head of science have now landed at Paul Smith’s College’s ...

St. Regis oranges

Driving has made me quite anxious since getting lost in the dark corners of northern Pennsylvania. I’d been halfway through my migration to Saranac Lake, caught at a truck stop in the rain. I’d been stopped at every other gas station, breathing and trying to channel energy from the 1987 ...

It’s getting a little squirrelly around here

With the opening day of the annual big game hunting season set to arrive on Oct. 20, outdoor travelers should take the usual precautions, and be aware that hunters will be in the woods. Although most hunters tend to avoid the popular hiking trails, they will at times, use the marked hiking ...