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PEAKED HILLS bushwhack hike in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness, Adirondack Park NY

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  Nov 1, 2021 -  PEAKED HILLS, eastern Hoffman Notch Wilderness, from Dirgylot (someone please tell me what that word means) trailhead. Starts out on an old woods road, thru a large culvert under the Northway, takes a R on old road then becomes a path with some axe blazes. Brook crossing a bit tricky due to recent rains. The old road becomes more obvious as we slowly gain elevation, raging 17th Brook w/waterfalls on our R. Bushwhacked SW then S up ridge to the NE peak, hardwoods transitioned to spruce & cedar near the top at 2,274' el, a net gain of 1,314' from start. Views S (Jones Hill, Crane Mtn, & Schroon Lake), W (Hoffman Mtn, west Peaked Hill), & N to the High Peaks. The only sight of civilization was the runway at Schroon airport. Dropped down to the W then S & up to the SE peak which had views from several rocky spots below the summit, the summit (2,160') had lots of small red pines. Dropped down to the E, got a view to Pharaoh Mtn, & eve

Hiking & Paddling: North Country Fall Foliage Adventures 2021

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  In most years, you can find peak fall foliage colors in the higher elevations of the Adirondack Park around the end of September and in early October. By Columbus Day weekend, the bright red and orange leaves of the red and sugar maple trees will likely have dropped to the ground, but the yellows of the birches and the golds of the beeches may still be evident.  In the High Peaks, one should not be surprised to see snow-capped mountains in mid-October – the combination of fall colors topped with white is a sight to be seen.  A number of years ago, a group of us paddled Follensby Clear Pond on Columbus Day weekend in a windblown snow shower - we camped on Polliwog Pond and awoke to 1" of snow on the ground. After the first week in October, you may still find dazzling colors at lower elevations and in southern areas. Here are some destinations that you may want to visit this fall that should be of interest to both hikers and paddlers. Jenkins Mountain The Visitor Inter

DEAN FARM HERITAGE TRAILS in Stony Creek NY

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  Oct 6, 2021 - Did a long loop counterclockwise on #8 etc. at first.  #9 climbs fairly steeply & switches back a few times between rocks.  Came out in a hickory/maple glade, the hill topped out at a picnic table - thru-the-trees views, will be better after leaves have fallen.  There was a woodpecker around but I suspect it was a red squirrel that was after the hickory nuts.  Nice assortment of woods, brooks, wetlands, ponds, meadows.  #1 & #2 on the parking area side are handicap accessible - nice easy walking.  There are maps at most intersections.  Elevations range from 800' to 1,250'.  3.9 miles, 2.6 hours. MAP   Visit us on Facebook

MOOSEHEAD LAKE, LOBSTER LAKE, PRONG POND paddling in Maine

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  Sep 6, 2014 -  MOOSEHEAD LAKE  &  PRONG POND .  Showers & storms predicted, am was nice.  ML is only slightly longer than NY's Lake George but its surface area of 120 sq. miles is about 3 times that of LG making it New England's largest lake; less developed, too.  Paddled the Prospector from Rowell Cove at LBSP N & E past Twomile Island with view of  Mt Kineo  (on an island!? joined to the E shore by a narrow isthmus) & its 900' cliffs, exploring Tussle Lagoon & the islands? of Mathews Cove, tough finding a way between with low water & rocks.  2 hours.  Weather still looked ok so drove to nearby PP.  30 mph headwind gusts as we returned to the put-in.     Sep 1-5 -  LOBSTER LAKE  in central Maine.  From Lily Bay drove 45 miles to LL, 30 miles on dirt roads.  The dirt started at Kakadjo, a bit on the rough side but close to 2-lane (30-40mph), no signs telling us we were on the Sias Hill Rd, then L on the smoother & wider Golden Rd (40mph+) to Ca

Canoes I Have Paddled.

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  This is an ongoing project - I'll be adding more to it whenever I have the time, inclination & memory. Tandem Canoes I Have Paddled: Sawyer Cruiser - the 1st canoe I ever bought, 17'9", fast but not the most seaworthy. Sawyer X-17. Grumman 16 - 1st Adirondack trip on Follensby Clear Pond - 3 men in a tub. Lincoln ?. Old Town Camper - good initial stability, plows thru water inefficiently. Old Town Penobscot 16. Old Town Discovery 158. Coleman/Pelican 15.5 - despite the aluminum frame they still tend to get hogged, ugly but works better than it looks, heavy. Wenonah Sundowner 17. Wenonah Aurora - nice all-arounder. Bell Morningstar. Bell Northstar. Bell Northwind (17.5'). Bell Northwind Rx (16.5'). Bell Chestnut Prospector - perhaps my favorite all-around tandem canoe. Stowe 16. Merrimack Traveler - 17' beauty, paddles nice. Dagger Legend 15   - works as a slow solo . Dagger Legend 16 - classic river-runner, heavy tho, slow on flatwater. Dagger Reflection