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Hiking THE PINNACLE & BRADLEY'S LOOKOUT

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  Aug 12, 2022 - Finally, a cooler day with low dewpoint, so I decided to do a fairly easy hike on well-manicured trails with a big payoff.  6 cars in the parking area at 9:30 am.  1.4 miles & gain of 500' to The Pinnacle.  Spent close to an hour admiring the scenery incl. whacking around the S side of the summit area for a glimpse of Cat, Crane, & Hadley Mtns.  There were 3-12 other folks at the lookout while I was there, more coming up as I hiked back down.  Took the new blue trail to Bradley's & had the lookout to myself - easier climb.  Continued on an unmarked path to Bolton Conservation Park & walked around the S side of the pond - views of Cat Mtn & Pinnacle.  0.3-mile road walk to the parking area.  3.5 miles, 3 hours.  More info . Tue Nov 9, 2021 -  THE PINNACLE & BRADLEY'S LOOKOUT . Temp rising thru the 50s, a bit hazy. From the new parking area, on the red trail it is about 1.1 miles to The Pinnacle lookout (LGLC says 1.45 or 1.55 miles),

STONY CREEK, AMPERSAND BROOK & RAQUETTE RIVER paddling

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  July 1, 2022 - At the western edge of the High Peaks Wilderness Area, Stony Creek is not much over 1.5 miles long but one's trip can easily be extended by paddling Stony Creek Ponds to the north, Ampersand Brook to the east, and/or the Raquette River to the south. One can find a good access by the Coreys Road bridge that crosses over the creek – from NY 3 (halfway between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake), drive south on Coreys Road for 2.5 miles (the last mile on dirt) to the bridge. You can also start your paddle on the northwestern lobe of the ponds or at Axton Landing on the Raquette River. From the bridge, we paddled upstream. It comes as no surprise that this stream meanders about, but, unlike the East Branch, this time silver maples rise up from grassy shores and the Joe Pye weed was slightly more advanced in its flowering display here. Once again, damselflies were also seen in abundance. Grasses and other underwater vegetation bent downstream in the light current. A straight

EAST BRANCH SAINT REGIS RIVER paddling

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June 30, 2022 - The 22-mile-long East Branch flows out of Meacham Lake, travels northwest, drops 20 feet at Everton Falls before turning south, and soon joins the main branch of the St. Regis River near Santa Clara. To get to the put-in from NY 30, drive west on Red Tavern Road (CR 14) for 8 miles and look on the right for a parking area at The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Everton Falls Preserve. You may want to take a short walk further along the road to get a look at the falls before carrying your canoe or kayak across the road and down a 125-foot trail to the river above the falls. Upstream, you will find over 9 miles of flatwater – you will be going against the current but you can turn around whenever you desire and return with the flow. Three days before our trip, it had rained well over an inch and the current was still very noticeable – we paddled upstream for 2.5 hours, and returned in 1.5 hours! The first mile or so passes through lands owned by TNC, after that you are on

PUFFER POND hike in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness of the Adirondack Park

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  June 27, 2022 - Over 1" of rain fell late night/early morning but skies cleared by 10am.  Started at the N end of Kings Flow (1,709') on private land & cabins - $5 charge to park (also the trailhead for Chimney Mtn).  Started hiking to the R of the sign-in kiosk, the trail reaches state land (Siamese Ponds Wilderness) in 0.3 miles.  Thrush sings in the woods.  A beaver pond is then seen on the R, soon after, we crossed Carroll Brook.  Started gaining elevation - moderate grade.  After gaining 650', the trail dropped down to PUFFER POND (2,185') & the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT, a 4,800-mile trail that goes from VT to ND).  Stopped at the west lean-to (has an outhouse) for lunch.  Trailless Puffer Mtn (3,472') is seen across the pond.  Headed over to the east lean-to which has a slightly better view but I believe DEC wants to remove it - it needs some maintenance, & I did not see a privy.  Back past the W lean-to & down the Puffer Pon

HUDSON RIVER SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREA aka Buttermilk, & the BEAR SLIDES hiking, camping, biking.

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  The good: no cell service, lookouts to bushwhack to, free primitive camping.  The bad: people who don't appreciate nature (best to visit Mon-Thu before Memorial & after Labor Day weekends if you prefer tranquility & being one with nature). May 23-25 (Mon-Wed), 2022 - Camped 2 nights at campsite #9 (fire ring, picnic table, thunderbox, small brook for water source) - the area is very popular on weekends & holidays (bad campers tend to leave a lot of trash behind).  After setting up camp, I biked to Rockwell Falls & Lake Luzerne (watched 2 loons that spent more time underwater than above water).  River Rd is half dirt/gravel & half paved - there are views of the river along the way & some other points of interest like a Methodist cemetery (people that were born in the 1700s & died in the 1800s) & a memorial to a 15-year-old who died in a tubing-bus accident.  ~15 miles.  Enjoyed quiet time & campfire in the evening.  Very light black fly & mo