Swimming Through Trees, by Spencer Morrissey

With care, hiking and hunting can mix safely

With hunting right around the corner, many hikers decide to take a bit of time off. The time off is not only to partake in hunting, but in some cases hikers are nervous about being in the woods. Hunting season isn’t a reason to become a couch potato. You still have to get out there to ...

Paddling and battling Lake Placid

Paddling on Lake Placid is never dull or the same twice, and that’s mainly due to confusing Adirondack weather patterns that even the professionals can only assume. The lake is big enough and choppy enough where it can be considered unsheltered “big water,” and even a bit dangerous ...

Surf and turf overview: Gull Pond and Gull Pond Hill

Distances: Alder Meadow Road to Gull Pond-0.5 miles; To Gull Pond Hill summit-0.5 miles Type of Route: Trail, herd path Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate Quad Map: Pharaoh Mountain Portage: This pond would be best left for shore fishing. The half mile carry would be a bit of a ...

Black Mountain Loop highlights the best of Lake George

The Lake George Wild Forest is 71,133 acres in size and is full of excellent opportunities for hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, biking, horseback riding and plenty more. Black Mountain is the highest point in the Lake George Wild Forest and shadows over ...

Finding solid footing on Ledge Mountain

This is an interesting peak that “piques” a lot of interest. Not a lot of climbers, but more in the terms of armchair interest. It can be seen on some maps as “Ledge Mountain” and others as “Ledger Mountain.” Ledger is surely a typo because it simply is a mountain with a ...

Deer Pond Loop rolls along

Deer Pond Loop is a trail for hiking, running, mountain biking and skiing. Yes, I know, it’s July and I said skiing. Leave that thought for later in the year. Maybe you will want to clip this out of the paper, and hang it on your fridge next to your 4-year-old’s finger painting, and ...

Nothing beats a trip to the Sawyer Mountains

Sawyer Mountain is nice, but Little Sawyer is where it’s at. Little Sawyer is a true gem in Hamilton County, and quite honestly I might be addicted to its summit, like a 2-year-old with M&M’s. I have been to these two peaks on several occasions, but looking back, the summer season ...

Paddling the Pinks of the Saint Regis Canoe Area

I sure am glad I took full advantage of the sun while we had it, before the moisture settled in for an overextended stay; which seemed to be the story of this spring and early summer. We decided to only get out the kayaks at this point to see what kind of trouble we could get ourselves ...

Easy access from Lake Placid

Lake Placid is loaded with scenic destinations, but not all of them have to take all day to reach. These select destinations are perfect for those not wishing to do much hiking at all. Or maybe it’s a hot, humid day and the air condition of the car has its charm. The following ...

Popping in to climb Fawn Lake Mountain

As you can imagine, a day in the Moose River Plains is only enough time to merely scratch the surface of the possible exploring that can be had there. But on this day I only had a brief amount of time, and I had one particular standalone peak in mind: Fawn Lake Mountain. I mean why not? ...

Bear Mountain to Burnt Rock on a steamy day

It’s inspiring to visit an area that you have not fully explored. This is what drives you. As mountains go, I can’t claim that the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest has tall-peaked summits, or wide expansive views from their tops, but they do create the foothills of the Adirondacks. On ...

Another Notch in the belt from the Sentinel Range

This peak is not officially named, but has gained a label from the rock climbers who love the walls it possesses. It does shadow Wilmington Notch, so I figure what better name than Notch Mountain? After a healthy 20-ounce coffee and a gas station burrito, which we may regret later, we ...

Canoeing/fishing trip to Little Clear and Grass

Canoeing is not one of those sports where the learning curve is beyond the average recreationist. However, it does take a sort of finesse and, quite honestly, patience with your fellow paddler. Much of what is unnerving to first-time canoegoers is the feeling of instability in the boat. ...

Delving deep into the kill vs. kiln debate

So, is it Cooper Kiln Pond or Cooper Kill Pond? I have seen it both ways. The USGS map for the region reads “Cooper Kill Pond,” while other maps and writings call it “Cooper Kiln Pond.” A kill is a Dutch word meaning creek. It is commonly used where the Dutch settled — the ...

An Adirondack paddle with an Everglades feel

As many of you know, Lake Placid is a hub for hiking mountains of all sizes and trails of all abilities. But what about its close proximity to countless lakes, rivers and ponds? On this spring trip we decided to explore the waters out of Axton Landing. Axton Landing, as many might ...

Ever-changing springtime conditions on Winch Mountain

Fifteen years — that’s how long it’s been since I set foot on Winch Mountain. It was time to revisit an old friend. At nearly 2,700 feet in elevation, it overlooks much of the area, and getting to it isn’t very demanding. The rewarding part about this hike is you don’t have to go ...

Branching off the Northville-Placid Trail

Fulton County is one of those regions that don’t get much traffic in the way of hikers, outside of Kane Mountain that is. My close hiking friend, James “Jimbo” Hopson, also known as “Ledge Hound,” and I try to discover new places, especially in areas where visitors do not tend to ...

Take care of the gear that takes care of you

We would have no ground to stand on if we said this past winter was not conducive to some epic outdoor adventures. I know I sure have covered some serious ground, and my gear, which survived the constant pounding, would wholeheartedly agree. However, it’s time to hibernate most of the ...

A different approach to familiar Blueberry Mountain

I have lived in the Adirondacks all my life, and never at any moment resided too far from the High Peaks Region. But, for some reason, I had never climbed Blueberry Mountain from the Marcy Field trailhead. I have, of course, descended down from “the blueberry” a few times while hiking ...

High Rock side trip worth the diversion

The snowpack in the Adirondacks was steady this winter, making the skiing quite good for much of the season. This was especially the case in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. A couple of the access trails into the wilderness follow old railroad grades from the time of the Rich Lumber ...