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    Wilmington Wild Forest Flume Trail System

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 18, 2014

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    Halfway between Lake Placid and Wilmington is the Wilmington Wild Forest Flume Trail System. There are about ten miles of trails here and easily accessible. The trails are open to hiking, mountain biking, and winter sports such as show shoeing and cross country skiing.

    I hiked several trails here and linked them together for a 3 mile loop. The trails are well marked and what I liked more than anything is that the trails are well maintained and hardly any rocks. This is the perfect place for trail running.

    A map and trail descriptions with mileage can be found here: Flume Trail System

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    Esther Mountain

    by blueskyjohn Updated Sep 17, 2014

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    Esther Mountain is one of the 46 High Peaks and number 28 on the list at 4240 feet. Esther is considered a trail-less peak because there is no trail marked on any map. However, there is a well established trail to the summit. Most people do this hike in conjunction with hiking Whiteface Mountain because Esther is a side trail hike from the Whiteface trail.

    The trail is easy to find. It is marked by a large pile of rocks and a wood sign pointing the way. The trail is unmaintained and erosion is bad. The trail was very wet and muddy. There are no views most of the way to the summit except for one brief view of Whiteface. The summit is marked by a plaque commemorating the first ascent which is said to be made by a 15 year old girl, Esther McComb, in 1839. After hiking this peak I find it highly unlikely. The summit is completely flat with no views. You would never know you were on the summit if the trail didn't stop at this plaque. The forest and brush along the trail is extremely thick and virtually impassable except for the trail which was not there in 1839.

    There is really no reason to hike to the summit of Esther unless you are trying to complete the 46 high peaks list.

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots

    Esther Mountain from Whiteface
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    Hike to the summit of Whiteface Mountain

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 16, 2014

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    Whiteface Mountain is the closest mountain to Lake Placid that is over 4000 feet. The summit stands at 4,867 feet above sea level and most known for it's ski resort and the 1980 Olympics. Whiteface is also the only mountain in the high peaks region over 4000 feet that you can drive to the summit. There are amazing views in all directions and easily obtained by the drive up.

    However, I enjoy the challenge of hiking to the summit. It is about 4 miles one way with an altitude gain of 2600 feet. I started my hike from the Atmospheric Research Center which is off Whiteface Mountain Road. The first section of this trail climbs Marble Mountain. A lesser mountain however, this is where most of your altitude gain takes place. The hike is straight and steep. After 1.5 miles there is a trail juncture and a large cairn. To the right is the trail of the unmarked Esther Mountain. That trail is well defined but unmaintained. Straight onward is Whiteface.

    At times the trail is very rocky and also turning to very wet and muddy. As you approach the road to the summit (which you do not cross), you rise above tree line to the exposed summit of Whiteface. Continue along the ridge with the summit in view.

    Once ontop there are crowds of people that drove up. I felt a great sense of accomplishment that I took the time to hike up. It was difficult but definitely worth the effort.

    I did this hike in conjunction with ascending Esther Mountain. This made my total elevation gain about 3300 feet and 9.5 miles round trip. All in about 5 hours and 40 minutes. Could have done it faster if it wasn't for the mud!

    Equipment: 1. Very sturdy hiking boots. This is not a trail for novice in sneakers.
    2. rain jacket and extra layers. The weather changes fast on the summits of the High Peaks section.
    3. Plenty of water. There is no place to fill up on the way to the summit.
    4. Trekking poles. Will definitely help with the steep descent.

    Ridge to the summit
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    Flume Trail System - River Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 15, 2014

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    This is really more of a walk/stroll along the Ausable River. This trail is very easy and wonderful any time of day or year. There are several short trails to the river bank where you can sit and listen to the river flow over the rocks. Very relaxing. This is one of my favorite trails and will go here often in the late afternoon to unwind.

    The trail can be accessed from the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and the Bear Den parking lot. From the Bear Den parking lot find the Whiteface Lower Connector trail and take this down hill until it meets the River Trail. All trails are well marked and maintained. You can also park at the trailhead on Route 86 about two miles from the Ski Center. This parking lot is small.

    This is part of the Wilmington Wild Forest and there are many easy connecting trails.

    Equipment: Camera

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    Hike Cascade Mountain

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 5, 2013

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    Cascade Mountain is the easiest of the 46 peaks over 4000 feet in the Adirondack to access. It rises directly off Route 73 just outside Lake Placid. Because of this it is also the most crowded. There is pull out parking along route 73 and the trail head is easy to find. The hike drops slightly before you start to climb. The trail to the summit is 2.4 miles one way. Over that distance you will gain a little under 2000 vertical feet.

    There are a few false summits as is the case with most Adirondack peaks. The summit and approach is exposed rock and give access to dramatic views.

    The trail is tough but not as tough as others. It is rocky so be prepared with sturdy hiking boots.

    Equipment: A day pack with some snack and plenty of water. Be prepared for changing weather. Sturdy leather hiking boots are a must for safer travel. Hiking poles would be a good idea as well.

    Just trying to make the hiking more exciting! Not really the route.  Just having fun near summit
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    Mountain Biking!

    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 5, 2013

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    Lake Placid has some great mountain bike trails. I ride a lot and found the trails well maintained by local mountain bikers. If you do not bring your own mountain bike, I recommend renting one. The best place to do this is at High Peaks Mountain Bike Center. They are located at Mount Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Sports Complex. They mountain bikes and have over 50 kilometers of trails that they maintain and continually add to. They also have trails for beginners and offer excellent instruction and guides. I take students here every year and they are never disappointed. I also rode the trails and they have a good mix of flat out riding and technical single track.

    Equipment: You need a mountain bike and helmet. If you do not have this and want to try, go to High Peaks Mountain Bike Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg or at their shop in Lake Placid. Here are their hours and rates:

    Hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m - 7 days a week

    Rates:
    Trail Pass (if you have your own bike): $8 for adults; $6 for children under 12
    26" Mountain Bike Rental - $30
    29" Mountain Bike Rental - $45

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    Paddle Boarding!

    by blueskyjohn Written Aug 29, 2013

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    Paddle Boarding is now my new sporting interest after trying it out on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. Paddle Board range in length from about 10 feet to over 12 feet. People under 220 lbs would do fine on a board under 11 feet. They have a unique paddle that is bent at the blade. The paddle is used with the bent tip forward. This give the blade longer contact with the water.

    It takes a little getting use to. You start off on your knees, centering over the handhold used for carrying the board. Paddle this way for a while until you are comfortable with how to distribute your weight and how the board reacts to your movements.

    When you are comfortable, place the paddle across the board in front of you so you are on all fours. Stand up one foot at a time. Start slow. It is so much fun! Some instruction is needed for turning but it is easy enough to figure out. Place the paddle in the water at the tip of the board. Sweep the paddle back and away from the board using you waist, not just your arms. Doing this on the left side will turn the board right as doing it on the right will turn left.

    Have fun!

    Equipment: Where ever you rent the board, they will provide you with a paddle and PFD (Personal Floatation Device). I rented my board from High Peaks Cyclery, address below.

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  • White Face Mountain

    by WillAntoniou Written Dec 13, 2006

    White Face was my best ski experience in the US. It is a really a huge mountain, with the biggest vertical drop in eastern America.

    If you like to ski, I think you'll like White Face.

    Many of the olympic skiing events took place here when Lake Placid had the Olympics in 1982 or something.

    Equipment: skies or snowboard. there are also rentals of both at the mountain.

    the east face of White Face Mountain
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