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    Climb Mt. St. Regis

    by kucha Written Sep 4, 2006

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    A View Northweast from the Summit

    Hike Mount St. Regis, which is only about 2,500 feet in altitude, but a 6.6 miles roundtrip walk that will end in a scramble to the bald summit and gorgeous views of the high peak region and Saranac canoe route. The bugs are out in force in June and July, but August is a fantastic time to do this summit. There is one of the original 57 fire towers on the summit, but this one has not been restored, so you can only look at it (as opposed to scramble up and picture yourself as a fire ranger in the early part of the century!).

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    Climb Mt. Panther

    by kucha Written Sep 4, 2006

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    A very easy climb -- about 1 mile to the summit -- Mt. Panther offers beautiful views to the northeast and the high peaks and partiual views of Tupper Lake nad Biug Upper Mountain. It is a gentle climb on a relatively well-marked red trail. At the top, there is a small bald rock and marker to note the summit. This is another great hike for families, due to the short distances.

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    Climb Mt. Baker

    by kucha Written Sep 4, 2006

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    A View of Saranac Lake from the Summit

    A great hike for families, becasue it's only 1 mile up and 1 mile back, this hike begins on a trailhead right in the village of Saranac Lake. It's a gentle hike up, with the exception of a few scrambles that can be tough if wet. The summit views are partially obscured by trees, but a lovely view of Lake Flower can be seen from the top.

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    Watching Sailing Races of a Unique Sailboat Class

    by kucha Written Sep 4, 2006
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    Long ago a boatmaker designed and had built a special class of sailboat called the Idem. It was designed especially for the wind patterns of Upper St. Regis Lake in the Adirondacks. Only 12 were ever built. 12 of these are on Upepr St. Regis nad its neighboring lake Spitfire. One is in the Adirondack Museum. A third was recently commissioned by a private party, bvut the cost could be prohibitive -- about !750,000!!

    Anyway, you can see these gorgeous boats sailing in regular regattas throughout August, on Upper St. Regis lake. Tuesdays and Sundays are best, but you can usually see them each day, if you don't mind missing the actual races. The boats are incredibly impressive to see, gliding by with their enormous sails and the famous old Great Camps as backdrops.

    Equipment: You'll need to get your canoe, kayak or motor boat launched into the public landing at Upper St. Regis lake -- off Route 30, south of Paul Smiths.

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    Climb Mt. Azure

    by kucha Written Sep 4, 2006
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    This is a short, but relatively steep climb up a Mountian in the Paul SMith's region of the park. About 1 mile up to the top, hikers are rewarded for their effort by a beuaitfully-maintained fire tower (which can be climbed), as well as lovely views to the south and east. A great hike for kids, due to the short distances.

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    Climb Mt. Arab

    by kucha Written Sep 4, 2006
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    This is a really pretty hike to the top of a mountain just west of Tupper Lake. About a mile and you'll be at the summit, which is perfect for short legs or unambitious climbers. It's not a particularly tough or steep climb -- in fact, it seemed liked a gentle rolling hill for the most part. When you reach the top, however, there is a great old firetower -- beautifully resotred -- that is fun to mount for an even more beautiful view of the surrounding hills. There is also an old forester's station, which is said to be manned in the summer months (although we saw nobody).

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