Adirondack Explorer

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Seven issues a year devoted to the enjoyment and protection of the Adirondack Park. In-depth writing and vivid photography bring the Adirondacks to life in tales of recreational adventure, coverage of environmental and policy issues and exploration of the communities that make up this unique six-million acre park.

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9 min.
return to tongue mountain

I can relate to Indiana Jones, the swashbuckling Hollywood character played by Harrison Ford who readily retrieves precious artifacts from heavily booby-trapped enclaves in remote places around the globe. He climbs mountains, rafts rivers, races through rainforests, and wriggles through caves, unless there are snakes. Actually, I just do the climbing mountains and avoiding snakes part, which is why the Tongue Mountain Range, a peninsula that juts into Lake George from its western shore, was low on my list of places to hike in the Adirondacks. Tongue Mountain is one of the few places in the Adirondacks where timber rattlesnakes live. The only poisonous snake in the Adirondacks, the timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), also called a canebrake rattlesnake or a banded rattlesnake, was the creature on the first flag of the…

8 min.
giant pines and pillowy cascades

When the Adirondack Mountain Club expanded the footprint of its guidebook Eastern Trails into western Warren and southern Hamilton counties, I suddenly had a lot of new turf to cover, mostly in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. A couple years ago, I visited two extraordinary places near Wells. You should go, make a day of it for each, and also spend time in that pretty village by Lake Algonquin on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. Here is what I found: A Dazzling Triad The first one you come upon is above and around a bend. The second one you spy straight on through the trees. The third one jumps up on you from a small gorge down below. This trio of cascades make up the pillowy and arresting rungs of Tenant…

4 min.
a short hike to great views

It was a mid-October when I decided I needed to get down to Anthony’s Nose to catch a last glimpse of the fading fall foliage. I got up early one morning, gathered up my gear in a daypack and drove south to the northeastern side of Lake George, to the preserve owned by the Land George Land Conservancy. The drive actually was one of the highlights of the trip, as I passed a number of colorful hardwood hillsides, scenic barns, and farmlands colored in autumn hues Anything the hike would provide was a bonus, and I already knew it would be good. LGLC Land Steward Alex Novick had recommended it as one of the best places to view Lake George, noting that photographer Carl Heilman had shot some incredible images from the lookouts. One thing…

4 min.
generations on the trail

It was a family hike, and I was behind my father on the trail. I am faster and I could’ve passed him, but I didn’t. What if he fell, and I wasn’t there to help him up? It was like a switch had been flipped. I was the child looking after the parent, instead of the other way around. It was something I’d never felt before. It should be said that my father, despite his age (seventy-five) and two knee replacements, doesn’t need looking after. He will be annoyed when he finds out the thought even crossed my mind. There’s nothing fragile about my dad. On the day of the hike, he had dried blood on one hand from a dog bite and hadn’t bothered to wash it off. DIRECTIONS: From the junction…

6 min.
her special mountain

Every avid hiker has a relationship with a particular mountain. You might climb many others, but there’s always one that’s yours. It’s not a peak that’s simply checked off a list. It’s a favorite you climb over and over. It’s your go-to hike when you need exercise, you want to share quality trail time with someone else, or you need to get above the daily fray. Like relationships with humans, a hiker’s relationship with their mountain does not always go smoothly. A mountain can be moody, even violent when a storm brews, but it can also be warm and welcoming when the sun shines and the wind is calm, so it’s easy to forgive its sullen side. The more you get to know a mountain, the more it surprises and delights…

8 min.
on the blue grass

The Adirondacks is blessed with lovely waterfalls. A number of them can be found along the Grass River. And the best of those is Lampson Falls, which can be reached by a short walk or a longer paddle. On a gorgeous fall day, my friend Carol and I opted for the paddle. I had done this trip several years earlier, while researching my guidebook Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures, and was curious to see if things had changed. As it turned out, the river and the falls were pretty much the same—that is, beautiful. Our journey began on the Middle Branch of the Grass and ended on the Main Branch just above the falls. Thus, some kind of shuttle was called for. We first drove to the Lampson Falls trailhead and left a…