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Outdoors

Iced-in loons rescued

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is very pleased to announce that it successfully coordinated a rescue of three adult loons who were iced-in on Lake George. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, local residents and birders contacted Dr. Nina Schoch, the executive ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hurricane Mountain traverse

We took advantage of living in the area and used a second car for a traverse of Hurricane Mountain. If you are not from the area, I highly recommended hooking up with other hikers to do the same. The plan was to use the Fire Warden’s Trail and the Route 9N Trail for a full day’s outing ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Silver Lake Mountain a great ‘bang for your buck’

Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent “bang for your buck” mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9-mile hike, you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full experience. I have visited this peak in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try an adventure to Cellar Mountain near Indian Lake

My buddy Jim and I have this crazy obsession with trailless peaks, and we are always looking for new places to explore and new terrain to break trail on. This week our eyes focused on the Indian Lake area, and a particular 3,000-foot peak located in the West Canada Lake Wilderness. We ...

Skaters have outdoor rink options in the Olympic Region

Spending time outdoors — whether under the sun or in the snow — has been a welcome respite for many as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. In the Olympic region, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in winter sports. One of the more accessible options is finding an outdoor ...

Brewer named chair of Northern Forest Canoe Trail board

LAKE PLACID — Anne Brewer has been paddling for most of her life. The Lake Placid resident has competed in the 90-Miler, a three-day race from Saranac Lake to Old Forge, at least six times. She’s also participated in the Long Lake Regatta a few times. She works as a guide for an ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try skiing through the Bloomingdale Bog

There are two trailhead locations for the popular Bloomingdale Bog trail, which is an old railroad bed. Bloomingdale end: Follow Route 192 north from the four corners in Bloomingdale. After almost 2 miles you will see parking for an old railroad grade trail on both sides of the road. This is ...

ORDA outlines venue expectations for holiday weekend

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain winter playground is gearing up for a busy Martin Luther King Day weekend and beyond, especially if the weather cooperates to provide ideal conditions for outdoor activities. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Climbing Castle Rock and walking the loop

This snowshoe trip is a 3-mile out and back to Castle Rock or a 3-mile loop, depending on conditions of the backside of the loop and out and back might be the best option. Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the ...

College hockey player dies in Whiteface ski crash

WILMINGTON — A SUNY Fredonia student and hockey player died from a ski crash on Whiteface Mountain on Tuesday. Bernhard “Tanner” Kahlau, 22, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was skiing on the Approach trail at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center when he lost control, veered off the trail ...

Community waits for ice to thicken before playing on Mirror Lake

Every year, for decades, Mirror Lake has frozen over later and later in the season. This season has followed that trend, making the lake off limits — so far — to people used to playing on it during the wintertime. What’s happening to Mirror Lake is mirrored in lakes across the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Exploring Height of Land Mountain

The Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park. It extends some 24 miles north and south, 18 miles east and west, and is made up of over 114,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands. During the early 1900s, logging was an important industry in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Big Pond: A nice afternoon ski or snowshoe destination

From the trailhead, you will begin and remain mostly on a gentle surface for your 3-mile round-trip excursion to Big Pond. Be sure to plan on a couple hours for this trip, but leave yourself some wiggle room for the what-ifs, poor conditions and just to be safe. The start brings you through ...

Ice break-through, self-rescue on Mirror Lake caught on camera

LAKE PLACID — On Saturday, Dec. 26, an unidentified man broke through the ice of Mirror Lake while walking on the frozen surface and fell into the cold water. His fall and subsequent self-rescue were captured on camera by an Ausable River Association livestream (webcam). The close call ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: My Sharps Ridge romp

It doesn’t matter where I go in the Adirondack Park, I always feel like home. Do you think it’s the plaid I wear? Maybe it’s my rustic middle-aged charm. Whatever it is, it always whets my taste buds to explore more of the park and spread out a bit. When I took this hike, the trails ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Leaving no waste trace in winter

Winter recreation, such as cross-country skiing and snowing, continues to grow in popularity in the Adirondacks. It’s easy to see why: beautiful landscapes, lack of biting bugs, no roots to trip over or mud to step in, and less crowds. Winter recreation is typically easier on the trails, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: South Meadow is much more than a parking spot

South Meadow Road is now closed to public vehicle traffic for the winter season, but users may still walk, ski and snowshoe the road. In warmer months, this is a great destination to soak in the beauty. You may think of South Meadow simply as a place to park your car when hiking into the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try the Cooper Kiln Pond approach to Wilmington Peak

To approach Wilmington Peak from the south you should use this approach for the best direct access. From the trailhead the trail starts out on a flat course before gaining elevation and settled water. This route can be a very wet hike most times of the year. During the rainy season it can ...