The Adirondack Explorer has published a new guidebook for hikes in the Lake Placid area.
This pocket-sized guidebook, "12 Short Hikes near Lake Placid" is just 62 pages long and is geared toward people who are looking for relatively short hikes with little or no elevation gain.
It contains 12 hikes in addition to a chapter on The Saranac Lake 6, which are mountains in the Saranac Lake area that have become part of a hiker challenge initiated by Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau.
The book was authored by Explorer Editor Phil Brown, who has written and published several other books under his publishing company, Lost Pond Press, which is listed along with the Explorer as a co-publisher in the project. The most recent book that Brown authored was "Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures," which came out in September 2012.
"12 Short Hikes near Lake Placid" was released in June. It is the first conventional guidebook published by the Explorer.
"I had the idea for a while that there was a need for a small pocket-sized guidebook for tourists who were up here just for a weekend or a week," Brown said. "Perhaps they don't want to climb the High Peaks, and they don't want to buy a larger guidebook because they aren't going to use it that often. So this is kind of a niche. It's aimed more toward the casual hiker and hikers with young kids."
The book, which really is small and light enough to stick in your pocket, contains images by Lake Placid photographer Nancie Battaglia, includes hand-drawn maps by Nancy Bernstein of Vermontville and was designed by Saranac Lake's Sue Bibeau. All three regularly work with the Explorer.
The hikes contained in the book are Cobble Hill, Henry's Woods, John Brown Farm, Haystack Mountain, Scarface Mountain, Baker Mountain, Mount Van Hoevenberg, Mount Jo, Balanced Rocks, Owl's Head Mountain, Flume Knob and Owen, Copperas and Winch Ponds. Plus, the Saranac Lake 6.
"More than 10 thousand people climb Mount Marcy every year, and it's easy to understand why," Brown writes in the introduction. "Marcy has the cachet of being the highest peak in New York State, and its bald summit affords an incomparable panorama of the Adirondacks. But hiking Marcy is a full-day commitment. From Heart Lake, the round-trip to the summit is 15 miles, with 3,166 feet of elevation gain during the ascent. Not everyone has the time, the desire or the stamina to undertake such an outing."
Hence, this book.
Brown said Lake Placid was chosen as the base for the book because it gets a lot of tourism traffic.
"It's probably the most heavily visited village or community in the Park, and so we're going to start off with the low-hanging fruit, and if it does well, we might expand," he said. "We might do one for other communities around the Park."
The book costs $9.95 and is available in area stores.