The Adirondacks are infamous for the straight forward trails. Swtichbacks are far and few between. Because of this lack of trail maintenance, the trails can be extremely difficult after some rain, even rain several days before your scheduled hike. The photos here were taken while hiking to the summit of Whiteface Peak and Mount Esther. It was a beautiful sunny day. There was only several hours of rain the day before. The failure to construct these trails without proper drainage considerations, virtually creates a stream of every trail and a mudfest nearly the entire way.
If you must hike in this mess, be prepared with gore-tex boots and clean boots immediately when finished if you would like to salvage them. Do not hike around the puddles or streams/mud. This damages the environment more. Just accept the fact your going to get wet and muddy. Plow right through the mess.
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- National/State Park
Just be sure to lock your car. There aren't too many high paying jobs in the area (year round), and 'boys will be boys' when there's nothing else to do. I don't want to sound discriminitory, but all I'm saying is that crime happens if you're not smart about things. Park your car in lighted areas. Lock your car, and don't leave valuables in plain sight inside your car, either.
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Whiteface mountain, which is the main Lake Placid ski destination and the hill that held the Olympics, is a very icy hill. The wind blows across it and any snow that is there in the morning is gone by the afternoon. If you're skiing there, make sure your skiis are sharpened. The picture is of a friend of mine who decided he didn't need snowboard lessons. Notice the sling.
- Skiing and Boarding