Adirondack State Park Things to Do

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    The Annual Lake Placid Horse Show

    by kucha Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Not only is Lake Placid the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, it also happens to be home to two of the nation's most prestigious equine shows - the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows!

    Action begins at 8:00 AM each show day with classes running simultaneously in four separate rings until approximately 5:00 PM. Go for an hour or a whole day and see competition ranging from ponies ridden by tomorrow's champions to members of the U.S. Equestrian Team atop some of the world's best horses!

    The Hunter competition has its roots in the elegant tradition of fox hunting. Beautifully groomed horses and ponies are judged for their manners as well as their style of jumping over natural fences simulating the hunt field. On the other hand, power and speed are the keys to winning in the Jumper arena where equine athletes compete over obstacles as big as 5'6" in height and as much as four feet wide!

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    For The Goal Oriented: Bag the 46 High Peaks!

    by kucha Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    From Mt. Marcy
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    Mt. Marcy
    Round Trip: 14.8 m
    3166 ft.

    Algonquin
    Round Trip: 9.6 m
    2936 ft.

    Mt. Haystack
    Round Trip: 17.8 m
    3570 ft.

    Mt. Skylight:
    Round Trip: 17.9 m
    4265 ft.

    Whiteface
    Round Trip: 10 m
    2535 ft.

    Dix
    Round Trip: 13.2 m
    2800 ft.

    Gray
    Round Trip: 17.9 m
    4265 ft.

    Iroquois
    Round Trip: 11.6 m
    3250 ft.

    Basin Mountain
    Round Trip: 16.5 m
    3650 ft.

    Gothics
    Round Trip: 12.7 m
    4070 ft.

    Mt. Colden
    Round Trip: 15.2 m
    2850 ft.

    Giant Mountain
    Round Trip: 6 m
    3050 ft.

    Nippletop
    Round Trip: 12.6 m
    4050 ft.

    Santanoni
    Round Trip: 11.4 m
    2860 ft.

    Mt. Redfield
    Round Trip: 17.5 m
    3225 ft.

    Wright Peak
    Round Trip: 9.6 m
    2400 ft.

    Saddleback Mountain
    Round Trip: 13.4 m
    2990 ft.

    Panther Peak
    Round Trip: 17.6 m
    3762 ft.

    Tabletop
    Round Trip: 15.2 m
    3660 ft.

    Rocky Peak Ridge
    Round Trip: 13.4 m
    4500 ft.

    Macomb
    Round Trip: 8.4 m
    Ascent: 2344 ft.

    Armstrong
    Round Trip: 12.7 m
    4070 ft.

    Hough Peak
    Round Trip: 13.7 m
    3200 ft.

    Seward Mountain
    Round Trip: 18 m
    3490 ft.

    Mt. Marshall
    Round Trip: 14 m
    2575 ft.

    Allen Mountain
    Round Trip: 16.2 m
    2540 ft.

    Big Slide Mountain
    Round Trip: 9.4 m
    2800 ft.

    Esther Mountain
    Round Trip: 9.4 m
    3020 ft.

    Upper Wolfjaw
    Round Trip: 12.7 m
    4070 ft.

    Lower Wolfjaw Mountain
    Round Trip: 8.7 m
    2825 ft.

    Street Mountain
    Round Trip: 8.8 m
    2115 ft.

    Phelps
    Round Trip: 15.2 m
    3660 ft.

    Donaldson
    Round Trip: 18 m
    3490 ft.

    Seymour
    14 m
    2730 ft.

    Sawteeth
    Round Trip: 11.8 m
    2975 ft.

    Cascade
    Round Trip: 4.8 m
    1940 ft.

    South Dix
    Round Trip: 12.5 m
    3050 ft.

    Porter Mountain
    Round Trip: 7.5 m
    2700 ft.

    Mt. Colvin
    Round Trip: 10.8 m
    2130 ft.

    Emmons
    Round Trip: 18 m
    3490 ft.

    Dial Mountain
    Round Trip: 12.6 m
    4050 ft.

    East Dix
    Round Trip: 12.5 m
    3050 ft.

    Blake Mountain
    Round Trip: 13.6 m
    3270 ft.

    Cliff Mountain
    Round Trip: 17.2 m
    2160 ft.

    Nye Mountain
    Round Trip: 8.8 m
    2115 ft.

    Couchsachraga Peak
    Round Trip: 17.6 m
    3762 ft.

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    • Mountain Climbing

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    For the Goal Oriented: Fire Tower Climbs

    by kucha Written Jul 20, 2006
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    Many of the peaks in this region have old fire towers at the summit. Some are still in good enough shape to climb (once you've reached the summit), while others are crumbling, but still scenic. There have been some websites and books done about these towers, including a kids book that is part of "the Adirondack Kids" adventure series. I won't list all the towers here, becasue it's a lenghty list (at least 50) and -- like I said -- there is plenty written about the towers if you care to search the web. One of my favorites though is the one at the top of Mt. St. Rgis, which is in itself a beautiful and slightly challenging climb. YOu cannot climb the tower, but it's really scenic at the summit of Mt Regis, nonetheless.

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    Cruise the Lakes

    by kucha Written Jul 20, 2006

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    Cobblestone Camp on Spitfire Lake
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    To fully comprehend the rugged beauty and vastness of the lakes of the High Peaks region, you will need to rent a boat and travel through some of the hundreds of miles of lakes and waterways.

    One of the best, for seeing a lot in a short time is the Saranac lakes and waterways -- which are technically part of the Saranac River. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks and glide through miles of awe-inspiring scenery. Travel through the locks, which raise or lower your boat to the level of connecting lakes. Round trip from Lake Flower to Middle Saranac is three to four hours. Middle Saranac Lake features a sprinkling of small islands and some of the loveliest beaches in the area. Anchor your boat near Middle Saranac's south shore and hike the windswept dunes or swim in the warm, shallow waters.

    Another great choice for touring the pristine lakes and Great Camps of the area is the Upper St. Regis Lake Boat Launch, where you can set off and spend the afternoon cruising Upper St. Regis, Spitfire and Lower St. Regis Lakes.

    Don't have your own boat? We've been really happy renting from Swiss Marine on Lake Flower (7 Duprey Street, 518-891-2130), where we've picked up a good condition 18-foot, 75-horsepower for $50 an hour or $300 a day plus fuel.

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    Tour a Great Camp

    by kucha Written Jul 20, 2006

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    A Cabin on the Grounds of White Pine Camp

    Known as the summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge, White Pine Camp was built in the early 1900's by a New York businessman named Archibald White. It grew to encompass some two dozen buildings, including guest cabins, boathouses, staff quarters, a bowling alley and a Japanese teahouse.

    Today White Pine Camp is one of the few Adirondack ''great camps'' open to the public, providing a glimpse of a long-vanished way of life. Two-hour guided tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer months.

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    Drive the High Peaks Scenic Byway

    by kucha Written Jul 19, 2006

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    From the Summit of Mt. Marcy: Highest Peak in NY

    The High Peaks Scenic Byway climbs Route 73 through narrow passes flanked by towering mountains, sparkling streams, waterfalls, and gemlike lakes. The open valley of the Ausable River provides expansive views of the surrounding High Peaks of the Adirondacks. Stop for a bite in the hamlets of Keene or Keene Valley, or pick a trailhead and start hiking!

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    The Ausable Chasm

    by kucha Written Jul 19, 2006

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    The Ausable Chasm

    The Chasm's website invites travelers to "Step back in time as you walk the nature trails through a primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave, and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet and walk the natural stone walkways within the Chasm and gaze upon millenniums of geologic history etched in stone." How can you resist? The Chasm is in Plattsburgh, on US Route 9. You can raft, kayak, or use rubber tube to transport yourself through the Chasm during warm months.

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    The Adirondack Museum

    by kucha Written Jul 19, 2006

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    If your travels take you to the town of Blue Mountain Lake, about an hour's drive from the High Peaks Region, make a stop at the Adirondack Museum. This is one of the finest regional museums in the country, with 20 buildings on 32 acres that house exhibits on the history of the region. It's easy to spend severasl hours here, wandering the indoor and the outdoor exhibits, getting a sandwich from the carfe when you're hungry and resting on the benches and swings, when tired. The train exhibits are fascinating and give a glimpse of how the very wealthy used to travel in their own ultra-luxurious private coaches (out of Grand Central Station, no less) to their private camps in this wilderness area. The boat exhibit is amazing, especially the famous Idem-class sailboat, of which only about 6 were ever built. The only ones still in operation sail in Sunday regattas on Upper St. Regis Lake during August.

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    Mt. St. Regis

    by kucha Written May 30, 2006

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    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.

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    • Backpacking
    • Mountain Climbing

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    Visitor Interpretive Center ("VIC")

    by kucha Written Sep 7, 2005

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    A View of Mt. Regis from the VIC

    What a little gem this place is... Tucked away in a remote corner of the Adirondacks, this nature center has lovely exhibits, daily lectures and demonstrations (such as falconry) and serves as a home base for a number of great nature hikes -- each with well-marked trails and trail signage.

    Teddy Roosevelt visited this area nad hiked as a young boy, thus encouraging his lifelong love of nature and interest in preserving this great park.

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    Mt. Marcy

    by sswagner Written Dec 28, 2004

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    The upper reaches of Mt. Marcy

    While many may think that the top of New York is the Empire State Building, I must say that the natural top of this state is a wonderful hike. First, it would help to have good weather. Bad weather can drop visibility. it can also be dangerous to the unprepared since the shortest walk to and from civilization is going to be over 14 miles. With that said, if you would like a long day hike in this region and the weather is expected to allow it, this will be a treat.

    The shortest way is the Van Hoevenberg trail from the Adirondack Loj. Park at the lodge for a fee and hike on up. Better yet, stay at the Loj, which is very nice. The trail will go through forest for most of the way. You will see lakes, streams, possibly wildlife (bears are in the area), and views of the high peaks of the Adirondacks. In the summer, a ranger is at the top to educate hikers about the fragile plant environment found at the top of the Empire State. There are trails all over this region if you desire something a bit shorter (or even longer). Get an early start and be prepared to have this hike take a large portion of your day.

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    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Hiking and Walking

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