The Beaver Brook Trail System is located in the WilmingtonWild Forest and has become a go to destination for mountain biking in theregion. But what many don't know is that the trail system is also a killerdestination for trail running.Now that spring is finally here, we can enjoy the luxury of not having to dress like the boy in "A Christmas Story" and actually get outand do some warm weather...
It’s just one of those things, I needed to get out and I took a chance on a small patch of blue sky which just so happened to be hovering over the area I was near, so I made a last minute decision to head up Flume Knob.Flume Knob is not a recent development but you won’t find specifically labeled on any maps that I am aware of. The trail does show up on the National Geographic map but it is not...
I couldn’t think of a better morning hike than Bear Den Mountain and it had been almost a year, to the day, since I had been up there, so it would be a nice revisit. I started out the hike by snapping a few pictures of the goldenrods and Queen Anne’s lace lining the parking lot. Then I flipped through the full log book to find a solitaire square inch to sign in on. As we passed along the trail...
With fall right around the corner and some of the best months for hiking in the region, consider Wilmington and the Whiteface Region as your go to base camp for hiking and other outdoor recreation.The Whiteface Region is home to a variety of affordable lodging; especially for those on a budget. In Wilmington everyone can realize the luxuries of staying in the area without the expense of peak...
Big Cherrypatch Pond is one of those hidden little gems found in the Lake Placid/Wilmington Region that gets little visitation from outdoor enthusiasts. However, it should. Within a stone’s throw of Route 86 this somewhat forgotten body of water sits nestled in the Sentinel Range. There are two distinct approaches to this pond and I decided one day to revisit both of them, in hopes that one has...
As many of you may know, I like to get off the beaten path once in a while and explore new places that many don’t see or even think about.  It was almost a washout of a weekend, but since I spent a good portion of Saturday at the October Fest at Whiteface Mountain, I left Sunday to be my play day. Wouldn’t you know it, it rained most of the day, with a couple small windows of opportunity,...
This guided outing had been planned for a few weeks and luckily for us the weather turned out to be very good. Planning a guided trip so far in advance is tough, mainly because the weather is so unpredictable.  After a bit of discussion we decided to take the shorter, steeper approach to the summit and leave from the Atmospheric Research Center.  The lady I would be hiking with on this...
The snow and ice is here, while it might not stick around for too long, the cold weather up high just might. No matter the course of the future, the current conditions are what you should think about. With that being said, get out your traction devices. Snowshoes? Not yet, but soon, if the snow keeps falling – that could change things quick. For right now just bring your microspikes, yaktrax,...
The weather is a bit odd and the conditions are in the least, very wet, but it was time to get out and play a little. I had my eye on the Sentinel Range and decided to go for the much easier option in Slide Mountain.  I had been up on Slide many times and the last was not too long ago, but the weather was much nicer and the temperatures were at least 40-degrees warmer. However, I love winter...
Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent “bang for your buck” mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9 mile hike you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full experience. I have visited this peak in every season and the winter is by far my favorite.SLM has the type of terrain where the first freeze...
There are so many gimmicks out there for after sport recovery, it’s become hard to know what’s real or not and what can harm you further or help you along. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what to use or how it may affect you; your doctor needs to do that. Along with your typical “As Seen on TV” type stuff there are also ample home remedy ideas, do they work? Who knows! I won’t try and cover the...
There’s nothing like fresh snow for bushwhacking. I had been eyeballing this route for quite some time and the blue skies accompanied by the fresh white snow, talked me into it. Once we got the drive to the parking area out of the way, we were itching to hit the trail.Starting from the ASRC trailhead parking, we followed the trail to the base of Marble Mountain. At the base of Marble Mountain...
Five Top Snowshoe Hikes in the Wilmington, Whiteface RegionSnowshoe some of the bestFlume KnobThis short hike is located just north of the Whiteface Ski Center at the Flume Falls Trail-head. This round-trip snowshoe is just over 2-miles and will reward the traveler with outstanding views and a heart-pumping good time.The Flume Trails are part of an extensive mountain biking trail network, but in...
Holcomb PondSnowshoeing to an obscure pondWith a couple hours to kill on a somewhat not so sunny afternoon I took the opportunity to visit a nice little pond that rarely gets visited and whose trail is becoming very hard to find. It’s been a couple weeks now since I was in there and with the new snow and couple days of warmer temperatures I image the trail would be nicely consolidated, but my...
 Must Do Winter Waterfall Hikes in the AdirondacksYear-round Beauty in the AdirondacksWaterfalls in winter seem to get ignored by many hikers as destination locations. Sure, it wouldn’t make much sense to check out a waterfall whose main source of enjoyment is frozen solid. However, ice that is formed by constant movement of water does create an amazing sculpture of color and shape. Then...
3-Seldom Visited Treasures of Silver Lake - a Bog, a Bluff, and a MountainSilver Lake is a small community resting northwest of the village of Wilmington, along county roads, which ramble through the mountain country like a lazy river. With the hype of the High Peaks so close and in the shadows of the massive rocky expanse of Whiteface Mountain, it is seldom thought about to venture anyplace else...
Catamount MountainA gem of the Whiteface RegionSpring is an excellent time to move away from the High Peaks where the mud outweighs the fun. While yes, many of the lower mountains and lower elevation hiking trails are still muddy, they do tend to dry out quicker and surely get much less traffic. Keeping this in mind, and the fact I didn’t want to shoulder a pair of snowshoes for the higher...
Family outingsA Selection of 1-2 hour hikes in the Whiteface RegionStag Brook FallsHow to get to Stag Brook Falls: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 86 toward Wilmington. Continue for 9.2 miles to the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Turn into the center and park in the lot on the right.This is an outstanding destination hidden by the popularity of the...
4 Spectacular Scenic DestinationsFamily fun in the Wilmington areaThe Whiteface Region has so much to offer to every kind of outdoor recreational enthusiast, but maybe you would prefer a relaxing day of sight-seeing without the extended time in the woods. Maybe you are visiting the High Peaks Region and have been hammering out peak after peak and you want something to do on a recovery day, well...
No pain, no gain...I haven’t attempted a climb of any significance since doing Mt. Marcy about 15 years ago. During that climb I discovered I could still go UP forever, but one of my knees had decided it didn’t like the going DOWN part. The last 3 miles or so of that excursion were agony! I've been thinking it's time to tackle something a little less ambitious than Marcy or one of the High Peaks...
Hiking in the Cold, getting ready for fall It sure has been a brisk end of summer and we still have a week to go. It’s starting to feel like fall out there and more so - look like it. This can be a very tricky season to hike in and keep comfortable, but with proper planning and know-how you can limit those odds. Check the weather This is one of the most important things you can do...
While yes there are four-seasons, the winter is one of the hardest seasons to keep yourself well-fed and hydrated while recreating in the Adirondacks. With winter comes a couple of typical excuses: 1) It’s cold and who would want to stop for long periods of time to eat and drink?2) My water keeps freezing, and my food turns to a solid brick and loses its flavor - and I was looking...
The “white” Crows - An unexpected snow squall brings a thin blanket of powderA late-day start on Thanksgiving eve brought me, Corenne and Emily to a long overdue revisit of two of the most attractive smaller Adirondack Peaks in the Hurricane Mountain Primitive Area: Little Crow and Big Crow Mountains.We started our hike at the Hurricane Road trailhead rather than the more popular starting point...
A day in the life of a Slide Climber--Flashbacks for all seasonsThe High Peaks Region is becoming quite well known for their slides and the use of those slides to access the summit of many of the Adirondack’s mountains. There are even slides that can be found outside of the High Peaks Wilderness. For example, Whiteface has several and Wilmington Peak has a brand new one – still has that new slide...
An Adirondack Firetower Challenge---Try a new listOK, so the list really isn’t new – but it might be to you. Have you been working on the 46 High Peaks, but need a break from long strenuous days? Maybe you are up here with the family and you want to do something a bit less challenging? Maybe you want a list to work on with the family so that everyone can have fun without the worry of a 12+ mile...
Hiking to See the Sunset and SunriseOne of my favorite things to do in the Adirondacks is to hike a mountain to watch the sun go up or come down. I love watching and photographing this anywhere, but being on top of the world makes it just that much more special. I’m big into photography, and hiking for sunset and sunrise provides the most terrific photographic opportunities. Also, some of my...
Lake Placid Slide on Whiteface MountainAn Adventure for Summiting WhitefaceThis tends to be a yearly endeavor of mine and this year is no exception. However this season the cold has been brutal and being exposed on the side of Whiteface probably wasn’t the wisest of choices, but we were prepared for Mother Nature’s fury.The day started with a ski and would end with a ski, with a bit of...
Is it time to play in the mud!!?Spring is a time when life is rejuvenated to those aspects of nature that we love so dear. The grass gets greener, the buds on the maples start to pop, the beavers start to do spring housekeeping and repairs on their lodge and some hikers start to dust off their hiking boots. While yes, many of you might not take the winter off, many do take a seasonal hiatus. The...
A new route up Street and NyeI guess you might call this a do-it-yourself High Peaks adventure with a bit of an added bonus. It was such a long-planned trip with a bunch of cool stuff to see that we decided to make this a two-day adventure, and over the course of two blogs I will share this outing from last spring.Street and Nye are by far not the most popular of the 46 High Peaks, and while I...
Bushwhacking a High Peak... or TwoWhen I left you last we had come down from a half-day adventure of three peaks and settled in for the night after planning this days adventure: a bushwhack up Street and Nye. The route we were about to take, although not totally unheard of, was a bit of a mystery to most people we talked to. Apparently it’s a very scenic and relatively easy approach to the two...
Adirondack Primitive CaMping at its bestI would like to tell you about two of my favorite camping spots in the Whiteface Region of the Adirondacks: Cooper Kiln Pond and the Whiteface Brook Lean-to. While many more camping options do exist (for example: Taylor Pond State Campground, Copperas Pond lean-to, and Wilmington Notch State Campground), I have a fondness for these two primitive locations....
Just what is a "badass"When I volunteered to write a blog post about “badass” Whiteface Region women, I was a little worried I might offend someone by asking them to be a part of my blog. After all, badass can and does have some negative connotations. So I decided to actually look up the definition of “badass."Here’s what Google’s definition is:bad·ass:   noun   1. a tough,...
A bit of trail before a bit of forestAs I sit writing this flashback story that is engraved in my head, Corenne is playing the part of Shelly Duval standing over my shoulder reading as I ponder behind the computer as Jack Nicholson. She thinks it’s pretty funny, asking, “Hi honey, get a lot written today?” I can only laugh at the thought since we just watched that thriller.Corenne and I had just...
Whiteface is full of adventure“A climb to remember” would be a more fitting title to this adventure on the Olympic mountain. As a hiker and snowshoer I have never ventured into the realm of downhill skiing, but more into the less-likely-to-crash category of cross-country skiing, which provides me with more controllable downhill stretches. When it comes to the ski slides on Whiteface I see...
2015 TOP 3 BLOGS IN REVIEWWe scoured our blogs for the most popular, most informative, and just downright funniest pieces from the past year. In case you missed them on the first go-round, here are our top 3 picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy!#3. Sunrise, Sunset: Hiking After HoursAfter hiking to see the sunrise for the first time, I fell in love with hiking in the dark. The woods transform...
It was a mild, late-December day, and snow had finally blanketed the ground. I wanted to see winter in the mountains — boulder creases highlighted by mini snow piles and rock walls draped in rippled ice. I found what I was looking for in the rugged depths of High Falls Gorge.From state Route 86 the gorge doesn't look like much. One can see the split in the earth, and it's clear from the swiftly...
On the right day, even the popular Copperas Pond feels like a secluded backcountry oasis.Go there, as I recently did, when the snow is blowing and the temperatures struggle to stay above zero. It's possible, even a mere half mile from the road, for the intrepid afternoon explorer to feel alone with the mountains, trees, and animals.Perhaps there's a hermit in all of us.My inner hermit began to...
I normally go hiking at least once a week, but when the days are longer that number jumps to three or four. My wife and I have been busy renovating a house, though, so my average trail days have plummeted to one every few weeks. With that in mind, it didn't take long for me to decide how I'd spend an extra day in the Adirondacks. In fact, my response was immediate: Go on a hike. And what better...
Not feeling up to par for spring hiking? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or perhaps you just took the winter off? Whatever the reason you can always get yourself ready to hike the trials. It’s tough to climb a High Peak right out of the box, it can be done, but after a bit of a hiatus it may not be the pleasurable experience you pictured.Like the old cliché, “Don’t jump in with...
As you slowly meander up the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway, you start to wonder about the plants around you. They’re so different and sparse up here on the high-elevation rocks. How do they survive? What makes them different from plants in the valleys? Are there animals that live up here? How do they do it? It’s sure nice here in the summer, but what’s it like in the winter? ...
Did you know? Nearly 70 percent of visitors to the Adirondacks come here during the WARM weather?It’s true. So what’s that mean for Whiteface Mountain? Yes, some folks remember that Whiteface Mountain hosted the alpine events for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. And yes, today’s avid skiers and riders know that Whiteface is THE place to experience the greatest vertical drop in the east,...
Trails Less TraveledThe Whiteface Region is home to Wilmington, which is known to locals as the banana belt. It seems to always be sunny despite the weather patterns in surrounding villages. Thus, it lends itself to some amazing adventures and unforgettable memories.There are numerous trails and hikes that provide for a day or overnight of fun for the entire family. However, if you ask me the...
The 4,865-foot Whiteface Mountain, New York state's fifth highest peak, is an Adirondack landmark that's difficult to miss. The enormous landmass rises some 10 miles north of most of the other High Peaks — Adirondack mountains higher than 4,000 feet — so its distinctly sharp profile is uncluttered by neighboring peaks. That means the 360-degree view from Whiteface's large, rocky summit is a...
Mr. McKillip was an early settler of the Alder Brook Valley, and what is also known as the Alder Brook Mountain Range. The McKillip family was one of many Irish settlers in the region and one of the families whose name lives on forever as part of our Adirondacks.The McKillip family had a settlement at the base of the Alder Brook Mountains — as did the Duncan Family, both of which are now...
Here’s the lowdown on the High Peaks.  As a person with a built-in penchant for tree and rock climbing, I’d never thought about how being in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks could potentially affect those who are afraid of heights.The truth is that even if you find yourself at the top of one of the Adirondack High Peaks, you’re still actually on the ground. But I do understand that those...
Whiteface Mountain offers outstanding views - once you get to the top! How do you prefer to make your way to the payoff?Drive or bike the Memorial Highway - 8 miles of scenic twists and turns.//  Keep voting for your ADK favorites:Lake, pond, or river?Family-friendly, close-to-town trek with best views?Where will you reel in the big one?Favorite 6er?Winter activities, anyone?Biking the Coast...
Do you know what geocaching is? I didn’t. At least, not exactly. Ok, so I had a rough idea and had heard people talking about it now and then. But I wanted to try finding a “cache” and hadn’t the first idea how to go about it.As luck would have it, my friendly ‘cubicle mate,' Kerry, is an avid geocacher! When I mentioned it one day at work she piped up and told me there are several...
In the Whiteface Region, we relish getting close to the outdoors no matter the season. Winter turns our mountains into a slippery, frost-covered playground for snowshoeing, boarding, skiing, climbing, and fat tire biking. Here’s the catch: If you’re looking for snow and ice there’s no avoiding the cold, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cold.I learned how to dress for the winter by trial and...
I parked my car and readied for what was sure to be a memorable experience. As the hour of 10:00 am approached, I heard the howling of several wolves. This can be a scary sound in a horror movie, but in the parking lot of a wildlife refuge, it is a reminder of why I was here.To meet — and learn from — nature.The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation is a form of animal hospital that'...
Time spent outdoors is the best way to inspire children’s interest in the flora and fauna of a region. Even if it doesn’t turn them into ornithologists or botanists, they will be left with fond memories and an appreciation for wildlife. We spent a great deal of time outdoors with our two sons as they were growing up. As a result, they are quite comfortable out in the wilderness and regularly hike...
I’m always looking for new corners of the Adirondacks to explore — considering how many corners this place has, I expect to be busy for a very long time — so me and my wife, Anna, our dog, Belle, our friend Emilee and her dog, Roscoe, embarked on a hike to Cooper Kiln Pond, followed by a side trip to the beautiful and accessible Wilmington Slide.This hike can be done as a point-to-point by...

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