Adirondack Explorer

Adirondack Explorer Outings Guide 2021

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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7 min
taking a new line

The first couple of route names said everything about our first impressions of this cliff: “Demolition” and “Destined for Obscurity.” My faculty colleague Jeff Edwards and I were out looking for some new rock-climbing sites with a couple of Northwood School kids. Though the cliff had appeared OK from the road, we found the bottom to be a boulder-strewn jungle. Above, the most obvious climbing lines looked loose and stepped with ledges. Yet those two exploratory routes at least gave the kids some adventure while Jeff and I were satisfying our curiosity. No need to go back, we thought. That was back in 1987. It was a time of exploration. Some would even invoke a little hyperbole and call it the “Adirondack Golden Age,” when there were wide expanses of unclimbed…

7 min
a welcome challenge

To a canoeist or kayaker, it sounded too good to be true. And it was. For decades, I had been driving past the Cedar River where it crosses Route 28 in Indian Lake. Like all paddlers, I would crane my neck each time, fantasizing about a trip down the inviting stream. For 100 years, a day trip on the Cedar was impractical without permission from the hunting and fishing club that controlled the take-out point. Then, in 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that new lands added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve would make the Cedar River and its confluence with the Hudson River available. “I encourage everyone to come explore the many outdoor recreational activities that this breathtaking area has to offer,” the governor said in a news release. I’m not one to turn…

8 min
tree of tranquility

As I pored over my maps, leafed through guidebooks and searched websites online, the task felt a bit daunting. I was trying to find somewhere to hike in the Adirondacks that was worth visiting and wasn’t overrun, the way most trails are on weekends in the High Peaks and many of the trails now promoted through hiking challenges. It seemed like we had written about every single trail in the northern Adirondacks in recent years, and so had others. Finally, in a last-ditch attempt to find a destination, I came across a trail that sounded interesting, and likely not too popular, at least compared to tourist hot spots like Lake Placid and Lake George. It was called the Ancient Oak Trail. Located right off a main road along Lake Champlain in Essex, the trail offered…

10 min
the toughest ride

At 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, nearly a dozen bicycle riders set out on the longest, most challenging and leastknown bicycle race in the Adirondacks. Departing from Waterfront Park in Northville, on the southern edge of the Adirondacks, they began what would be a meandering, 550-mile loop around the park. There would be hours after hours spent cruising down roads, bouncing over trails, dragging loaded bikes over rocks and fallen logs. Only half the riders would finish. This is The Adirondack Trail Ride, now in its fifth year. Inspired by similar rides held out West, the TATR attracts a certain kind of cyclist, says race founder Mikey Intrabartola. “You need to be willing to suffer,” he said. “A lot of it is not only how fast you can ride, but how…

8 min
one trail, four seasons

One of my go-to ski tours, especially early in the season, is the Hays Brook Truck Trail north of Paul Smiths. Although another ski tour begins across the road, I never bothered to check it out until a few winters ago. Now I know what I was missing. The Kettle Trail is a trail for all seasons. After skiing it, I returned in summer to bike it and later to hike. I can’t tell you which activity or which season is the most enjoyable. You’ll have to find that out for yourself. The trail begins on Slush Pond Road and ends in 3.4 miles at McColloms Road. Both are dead-end dirt roads and not plowed, so in winter you must ski or snowshoe an extra half-mile to reach the trailhead. The route is…

4 min
pathway to memories

Nostalgia is a powerful force. I’ve been avoiding the High Peaks area when choosing hikes to do with my sons, because of hiker traffic. The High Peaks are a magnet for day trippers and hardcore enthusiasts alike, but there are so many other places to go in the Adirondack Park. We’ve been to the western border to hike Kane; the southern end to climb Pilot Knob in Lake George; and the center to do Sawyer in Indian Lake, Blue Ledges in Minerva, and Goodnow in Newcomb. But, all the while, I was looking forward to introducing Rushton and Devlin to Pitchoff, because it’s a hike I loved as a kid. I wanted them to experience the natural playground at Balanced Rocks as I had as a kid. Because life is busy, the only…