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Outdoors

With no trailhead, you have to walk to hike Cobble Hill

LAKE PLACID — For those looking to climb Cobble Hill, the trailhead may just be your front door. In the past, hikers looking to climb Cobble Hill could park at a small trailhead parking lot provided by Northwood School. However, hikers can no longer access the private school’s campus by ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking the Elk Lake Preserve, day 2 of 3

Rise and shine, as the breakfast bell went off, offering us up some gluten-free French toast, bacon, fresh fruit and, most importantly, coffee. Luckily Elk Lake Lodge had a bag lunch waiting for us because day two was to be a full day as we planned to climb Sunrise, Grandpa Pete, and Clear Pond ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking the Elk Lake Preserve, Day 1 of 3

It has been a long time coming that Corenne and I were to stay at the Elk Lake Lodge. We have talked many times, over a cold beer, about hiking a bunch of their trails and revisiting the 100 highest peaks that reside on the property. You see, the trails on the Elk Lake property are only open ...

UP CLOSE: Meet Mirror Lake’s watershed steward

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid native Sophie Morelli has fond memories of working on her Regents exams in high school and, after completing them, leaping into the cool water of Mirror Lake. The 23-year-old has had plenty of chances to enjoy this waterbody at the center of the village while ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hoel Pond to Slang Pond for lunch

A scenic lunch spot is just what the doctor ordered for such a beautiful day, and the paddling map offered us up a destination that we couldn’t turn down — a peninsula camp on Slang Pond. We started out our morning by picking up a few choice beverages and swinging by the farmers ...

DEC launches hiker education campaign

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a new campaign designed to educate nature-seekers about Leave No Trace principles and hiking preparedness, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced. The campaign, “Love Our NY Lands,” is the latest effort by the ...