LAKE GEORGE -?The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has released the fourth edition of "Adirondack Mountain Club Eastern Trails," a complete guidebook to trails in the Pharaoh Lakes region, the Lake George area and trails north and east of the Great Sacandaga Lake. This completely revised and updated guide includes popular trails up Buck, Black and Tongue mountains, as well as Crane and Hadley mountains. It is designed to be used with the new edition of National Geographic's Trails Illustrated Map 743: Lake George/Great Sacandaga. The guidebook may be purchased alone or as a discounted package with the map.
Guidebook editor David Thomas-Train, editor also of the previous edition, has added numerous new trails, including popular hikes up Cat and Thomas mountains and the trails into Berry Pond. As always, each ADK guide supplies complete information on rules and regulations, how to find the trailhead, where to park, mileages, elevation gains and heights, and all essential navigational information. Each trail is keyed to indicate its location on Trails Illustrated Map 743.
"Eastern Trails" is volume 2 in ADK's new Forest Preserve Series of guidebooks covering the Adirondacks and Catskills. Volume 1 is "High Peaks Trails," volume 3 is "Central Trails," volume 4 is "Western Trails," volume 5 is the "Northville-Placid Trail," and volume 6 is "Catskill Trails." The new High Peaks guide, edited by Tony Goodwin, will be available in late August, with other new editions coming later in 2012.
ADK has worked closely with National Geographic to update its five-map Trails Illustrated Map series, which covers the entire Adirondack Park. ADK staff and guidebook editors supplied updated trail and terrain information and proofed and reviewed every map to provide the best and most up-to-date outdoor recreational information. Maps include hiking trails, boat put-ins and launches, parking areas, trail distances, appropriate use information (including ski and snowshoe trails), and latitude/longitude and UTM grids for use with a GPS navigation device. The maps are large-format, two-sided and completely waterproof.
"Eastern Trails" is 200 pages and is available in paperback for $19.95 at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080 or online at www.adk.org. The Eastern Trails and Map Pack (including Trails Illustrated Map 743) sells for $26.95.