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...
 The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) is celebrating National Trails Day with trail stewardship projects throughout the Adirondacks on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Among several projects in the Adirondacks, volunteers will meet at the Beaver Brook Trail System in the Wilmington Wild Forest on Hardy Rd. from 9 am to 4 pm. To register and receive more information, please call the Adirondack...
A heavy – well, not too heavy, because you don’t want to compete with all those insects – Green Drake hatch is probably the dream of just about every fly fisherman around late May to mid-June. But to be honest, it’s pretty much a hit-and-miss thing. And we do a lot more missing than hitting. That’s why when you get word of a Green Drake hatch – any kind, from a few to a moderate and even...
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...
If all goes as planned, and it usually does with the trico hatch, expect some superb fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable River over the next few weeks.And don't be intimidated by the prospect of fishing a size 22 dry fly (and sometimes smaller). You can do it. In fact, the hardest thing about it will be tying the tiny fly on the end of your tippet. After that, the rest is fairly easy.The...
I’ll admit that I’m not good with numbers, but this is the story of how 25 + 50 actually equals 86.When I saw that the Ausable River Association (ASRA) was hosting its second annual Ride for the River fundraising bike ride, I saw it as a great opportunity to explore some new cycling roads in the Whiteface Region and help the ASRA at the same time. The ride was organized into three approximate...
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...
 Every Summer The Bike Park at Whiteface Mountain offers experienced locals and visitors alike incredible thrills descending the steep terrain from the top of Little Whiteface.  Riders have access to the Gondola 7 days a week from mid June to mid October.  The 13 minute trip takes gravity addicted cycltists to the summit of "Little Whiteface," which sits at an elevation of 3676...
 The trail affectionately known to mountain bikers as "Poor Man's Downhill" is a multi-use trail that begins near the toll booth on the Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway and descends all the way down to the town of Wilmington.  The trail was originally constructed for snowmobiling with enhancements made in certain areas to make it a fantastic descent for off-road cyclists in the...
I love paddling in the fall of the year with the cool air and crisp nip that the early mornings so often bring. The changing colors of the leaves are also a fantastic addition to the soft sounds of the water splashing the hull of the boat.This stretch of the Ausable has some interesting features and is loaded with birding and wildlife opportunities.  Along this roughly 1.5 mile stretch of...
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,...
As usual the Whiteface toll road delivers for the first ski tour of the year. With the recent snowfall of 12 inches on the summit, the road was sure to have enough to play on. The toll road is an excellent place to shake off the summer legs and get your feet back under you.I got a bit of a later start than most on the mountain and I was afraid I missed the snow down low by the gate, but after...
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...
Skiing the Toll Road on Whiteface MountainThe Whiteface Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Highway, affectionately known as the “The toll Road” offers some of the best early season skiing in the entire Northeastern United States.  All it takes is a few inches of snow and the Toll Road can be an enjoyable experience from the toll booth all the way to the summit.  Die Hard skiers can often be...
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...
On the opposite side of Whiteface from the quiet community of Wilmington there is a stretch of seldom travelled road that is an absolute  delight for road cyclists. This piece of pavement pedaling paradise is known by many names. Some call it Franklin Falls Rd. others simply refer to it as "the road up the back side of Whiteface" and there is sign on the Bloomingdale side that calls it "...
The Cooper Kiln Trail is a fantastic 5.9 mile point to point route between Franklin Falls Road and Bonnieview Road. Due to the significant change in elevation this trail is recommended for intermediate or advanced level cross country skiers. Those chosing to attempt the route should takes steps to ensure the trail has adequate snow coverage. If you've tried the nearby "Poor Man's Downhill" Trail...
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...
Mountainside Tuning Worked for MeToday, as I was arching turns down my favorite trail at Whiteface Mountain, Skyward, it dawned on me that maybe it was time for a tune-up. I’ve been skiing on my new skis since the mountain opened in November, and they’re just not feeling quite as sharp as they used to. There are plenty of places in Lake Placid to get my skis tuned but I really didn’t want to have...
Slide Skiing: The Cooper Kiln SlideWitnessing the power and the beauty of mother nature by skiing, or simply standing next to a landslide path in the Adirondacks is an interesting and wonderful experience. Landslide paths can be explored in any season, but I particularly enjoy exploring them in the winter with skis on my feet. It should be noted that these landslide paths are prone to avalanches...
 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...
To Bike or skiWhen I helped to build the Make Believe Trail at the Hardy Rd. trail network alongside dozens of other Barkeater Trails Alliance volunteers, I knew it would be an instant classic mountain bike trail. The undulating terrain features and the dry sandy soil make it an ideal place to ride a mountain bike. Upon completion of the trail my suspicions were correct, and the Make Believe...
spring is all about fishing  Spring in the Whiteface Region means one big thing - fly fishing! This year, the season is getting a bit of a late start due to the snow cover and ice remaining in the area waterways, but trout season officially opened on April 1. The premier event of the Spring is Wilmington’s Ausable River Two-Fly competition. It’s a competition between anglers using...
It’s Open Fishing Season in the AdirondacksEarly spring and April bring the opening of fishing season here in the Adirondacks. Every angler is eager to get out and fish. The Adirondacks is a place where early fishing can be tricky, but still folks have been out and successfully caught fish already. Typically, this time of year on Adirondack rivers fishing can be challenging due to ice and snow...
As the Whiteface Region gears up for summer, some of the most exciting events take place every year before summer even begins. When the Adirondacks is in one of it's prettiest times of the year, with the brilliant greens of the freshly leafed out hardwoods, the valley and hillsides are a gorgeous backdrop to the outdoor events of May and June.Starting off the event schedule on May 16th and 17th...
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...
Ride for a CauseSo, I rode the Ausable River Association’s (AsRA) Ride for the River bike ride last year, and I plan to do it again THIS year on August 3rd.   The Ride for the River was launched in 2012 to celebrate the cultural and natural resources within the Ausable Valley, and continues to support the work that the AsRA is doing to build resilience in both the natural and human...
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...
Cast your line Fall is just around the corner; the leaves are starting to turn color and gently fall, and the rhythmic singing of crickets fills the air. The days are getting shorter, throwing early long shadows across the waters of the Adirondack Park, helping to cool the rivers, ponds, and lakes. The months of September and October showcase fantastic days for fly fishing with the waters...
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...
Fall Trail Running Destinations - Getting out and about in the Whiteface RegionThe fall is here, the leaves are covering the ground, and the days are slowly getting shorter and shorter. This is by far the best season for hiking, because the days are also much cooler, and the biting bugs have finally gone away. Ever consider trail running in the fall of the year? This is also a great time to pick...
Fun and Interesting Names of the Adirondack MountainsThere are so many fascinating names found around the world, but honestly it’s very unclear how many of them get their names. The Wilmington Whiteface Region is no different in that regards. I have spent countless hours researching names of mountains in the Adirondack Park and on many occasions to no legitimate end. I have thoughts, ideas, and...
The above video contains silent film clips of NYS Governor Averell Harriman dedicating Whiteface Mt. Ski Center and skiing during the same day. The woman with the crown is local figure skating coach, Priscilla Hill, who taught figure skating with the Skating Club of Lake Placid in the 1950's and '60's.I remember the day well: January 25, 1958. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center was officially opened...
Preseason through Ski SeasonIn the Whiteface Region we’ve got you covered. “We don’t plan anything around natural snow. We get it but we’re not dependent on that,” Aaron Kellett, Whiteface Mountain Manager It’s no surprise that after the leaves have changed and fallen the Adirondack Park has a lull in visitors before the snow flies and winter season begins. It doesn’t mean the park...
It's Not Over Yet... Cast On!Trout season officially ended in New York State on October 15th, but don’t put your fly fishing rod, waders and boots away - many fly fishing opportunities are still available in the Northern Adirondack region. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has created special angling regulations for trout fishing on specified waters in the Northern Adirondacks,...
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...
I try. I really, really try. But… Healthy around the holidays is hard! Right? I mean, there are days and days, weeks even, of delicious food, parties, cookie exchanges, craft fairs with tasty treats… the list goes on and on, so do the calories - directly on my waist.Now, I am all for enjoying the holidays - and if you are like me, you may want to indulge and not feel guilty about it - while also...
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...
While it may have started out as a typical day with me heading in to work at 8am, I had plans to get out from behind the computer today. I tried to rip through my emails and work as quickly as I could. Not because it was Friday, but because I had an 11am meeting scheduled with the guys on the Whiteface Mountain Park Crew for an interview and a few runs -- and I was looking for a little work...
You might already have come to this conclusion yourself, but after reviewing 2014 events and images, I’d say that Wilmington has solidified its place as a premier biking destination - for both the knobby and skinny tire sets.  EVENTSThe snow had barely left the building when the biggest biking event in the region took to the roads and trails during the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest....
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...
We spent more time exploring the Whiteface Region this year than ever before - and we are so glad we did! Here are four of my family-friendly highlights from the 2014 year!RUnning Hot & Cold SUMMER AT THE MOUNTAINThis year, we found out just how great Whiteface Mountain is… I mean, we always knew it was THE place to be in the winter. And, during the fall we’ve often enjoyed the gondola...
WILD, SPECTACULAR, AND RICH WITH historyThe iconic Ausable River in the Adirondack Mountains has a storied history of rest, recreation, and even rage. The river is an iconic fishing destination, has supported major industry, produced some amazing trophy fish, powered entire towns and formed spectacular chasms. Come along while we explore these amazing waterways - a two for one deal.The Ausable...
From the moment the sport of skiing was invented, people have been adding their own style. And while skiers in the 1800s rocked wool knickers and sweaters, today’s skiers and riders wear a much more...diverse wardrobe.Ski Fashion Takes OffLet’s start at the beginning. Downhill or Alpine Skiing as we know it was born out of the Nordic Skiing tradition. Much of the advancement in technique and gear...
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...
It was a long winter. Maybe you got out and went to Whiteface. Maybe you even went XC skiing. Some of you may have even decided to try fat tire biking. But for most, the biting cold kept us inside more than we would have liked. I know that I missed many early morning skis because -25° is not my idea of fun. So maybe you got a little soft while hibernating. Your legs of steel have turned to pewter...
Happy Tails Puppy Jackpot is the saying I use for a dog who gets adopted into a great home. There seem to be a lot of winners in the Adirondacks. Living in this dog-friendly community, canines are our constant companions - we tend to do almost everything with them and bring them almost everywhere. They are part of our family, our culture, and our way of life. These Adirondack dogs want...
The Wilmington Town Council announced yesterday that it will turn Route 86 into a toll road. The move comes as the town completes construction on the bridge over the Ausable River. The town supervisor, Randy Pushton, said, "After we completed the bridge construction, this was the logical next project to take on. When we looked around, it seemed that Wilmington had an unusual amount of through...
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...
Anglers far and wide are gearing up for this year’s 16th Annual Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge. Taking place on the iconic and world-renowned West Branch of the Ausable River, the event spans two days with not only fishing, but socializing, demos, and more. There are some pretty sweet prizes as well! This year’s event takes place May 15 and 16.A little historyThe...
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....
A day on the West BranchTrout Fishing on the AuSable RiverMy canoe was finally finished, the weather forecast was for an Adirondack “bluebird day,” and my buddy Doug was itching to wet a line. Since part of the objective for this outing was to see how my canoe performed, we decided to drop-in at Lake Everest and paddle up the West Branch of the AuSable as far as we could, and fish-float back down...
Exploring an obscure peak in the Sentinel RangeAs a sort of five-year reunion, I decided to head back into the Sentinel Range - but more specifically onto Notch Mountain. The Sentinel Range is a large tract of land resting in a true wilderness state along Wilmington Notch; hence where it got its unofficial name. Notch Mountain cannot be found as such on any map, but as a rock climber this...
Summer is coming to an end, and fall is right around the corner. The Adirondacks are a top choice for viewing the fall foliage, and Whiteface Region is the place to be if you are looking for autumn fun. Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain Saturday, October 3: 10:00-6:00Sunday, October 4: 10:00-5:00Location: The base of Whiteface MountainThis weekend-long, Bavarian-style celebration, is...
I’m a huge animal lover and I always have been. I'm that person that swerves my car so I don't hit a chipmunk. So I guess you could say I was excited to go to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington for the first time. I don’t know why I hadn’t been here before, but I loved every minute of it, and I am so glad I got to spend a day there. If you haven’t been, you are...
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...
As a 26-year-old who has lived in the Adirondacks her whole life, it seems surprising to many people that I just learned how to ski last year. But, I have been a figure skater since I was 7. It consumed a large portion of my life - which was fine by me because I love it, but I didn’t have time to do much else. Now that I’m not a competitive skater any more, I’ve acquired some time to try new...
There are so many family-fun things to see and do in the Adirondacks in the winter! Wilmington is the home of Whiteface Mountain, which was rated as one of the best mountains to ski  in the East! If skiing isn’t your thing, High Falls Gorge offers one of the coolest places to hike or snowshoe in the winter, with awesome views of ice formations and frozen waterfalls. Santa’s Workshop is great...
Winter and the holidays are right around the corner. The Whiteface Region is plentiful with activities that won't break the bank, and are fun for the whole family. Grab your family and your winter gear, and head to Whiteface Region to indulge in some Adirondack winter fun that everyone will enjoy!Village of Lights You’ll be embraced in the Christmas spirit when you see the Village of Lights...
"Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to any form of entertainment, nightlife, or social event that occurs specifically at ski resorts" - Wikipedia definition. My memories of après-skiing are many and varied from fondue and pool parties to consuming vast quantities of food and beverages - depending greatly on the ski resort at which I was après-skiing. Many of our historic local après-ski...
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...
I hear it all of the time: what are all of the cool kids wearing in the Whiteface Region? While there are many, I’ve compiled an overview of the most prevalent outfits you’ll find on this region’s fashion runways. Though I should note that while they are not all exclusive to the region, you can’t go wrong if you pack some of these “looks” when you visit. The Boreal BirderThe Whiteface...
It was 1876 when a very rudimentary map was created for St. Armand, Wilmington, North Elba, and Keene. Essentially it was a wide overview of Essex County and showed basic locations of mountains and other features, but one feature caught my eye: Leggett Mountain.What is Leggett Mountain? I had never heard of it, and it surely doesn’t exist on any maps I had ever seen before. Researching other old...
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...
Whiteface Region welcomes new business venture tyed into the opening of Fishing Season. WILMINGTON, NY -- Knot Your Average Fly-Guy, located in Wilmington, NY is pleased to announce a new partnership with virtual fashionista Raquel Bass formerly of Be Dazzled You. The new business will open a storefront along the West Branch of the Ausable River under the DBA Just Wade A Minute in mid-...
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...
I’ve driven past it without taking much note dozens of times. But I finally got a chance to stop and explore the Jay Covered Bridge earlier this year, and I was thrilled that I did.The site of the bridge is gorgeous. There’s a beautiful little park with benches and a roomy parking area, there’s wonderful signage around the bridge that explains its historic significance to the area, and the river...
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,...
This year, my main focus has been on training for the grueling uphills that are completely unavoidable on most of the mountain bike trail systems in the Adirondack Mountains. I always find myself asking why I have such a hard time getting up those hills when I seem to be in fantastic shape because of how often I bike. Turns out, if you want those mountain biker legs you really have to bike up,...
Let's be honest, mountain bikers are a unique bunch. Often I'll come back from a ride sweaty, bleeding, and covered in mud and my wife will look at my grin and ask, "So... This is fun for you?"But my wife's wisecracks aside, I get where she's coming from. When people hear us (mountain bikers) talk about what happens on the trail - well not every thing - they tend to look at us like we're crazy....
What were you thinking?In every race, athletes push themselves to their limits. Maybe even the limits of human abilities. But one race sticks out in my mind as just plain crazy/awesome:The Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike RaceFor those of you who don't know, Whiteface Mountain is home to a world-class ski area, downhill mountain biking mecca, hiking trails, weather observatory, and a toll road. On...
Hit the road!Spring has sprung a bit early this year, and my six-year-old son has been begging to go biking. Of course, the trails are still covered in icy patches and muck abounds - they're not quite ready to host our wheels, and we don't want to do any damage to the natural environment. We haven't done many roadside rides as Oliver is still a bit wobbly, and has the unnerving tendency to...
I typically pride myself on being able to follow directions.  For example, as an admittedly not-very-confident cook, I’ll attempt simple dishes that I find on the internet. Once I choose a recipe, however, I read it carefully to make sure that I understand the order of events and required tools.I display the list of ingredients and numbered steps on my iPad - which I position out of spill’s...
Did you know you can ride a bike down Whiteface Mountain?2,456 vertical feet.Two thousand four hundred and fifty six vertical feet.That’s almost a half mile.And I rode it. On a mountain bike. It was crazy. It was scary.It was awesome.Author’s Note: Crazy and scary not your style? Scroll down to the bottom and learn how you can still have the time of your life at the Whiteface Bike Park!The True...
Frankly, I'm disappointed. If you're reading this blog, you're not out riding. Now I guess that I could give you the benefit the doubt and assume that you're reading this on one of those fancy smarty-pants phones on your way to go riding. But most of you will be reading this from somewhere decidedly un-mountain-bikey.And that, my friends, is a crime.I understand your dilemma. With the ever-...
Hit the road!My six-year-old son has been begging to go biking. Of course, while he thinks he is ready to be an extreme mountain biker, I think he needs to conquer basic skills first —call me crazy.We haven't done many roadside rides as Oliver is still a bit wobbly, and has the unnerving tendency to steer toward whatever catches his eye. And he's fast. Really fast. Or at least too fast for me to...
Whether you're roughing it or enjoying the woods in style, if you're in the Whiteface Region you've come to the right place. The campgrounds here can get you the wilderness experience you seek — even if that means getting breakfast delivered to your tent.Wilmington Notch State CampgroundIf you want a primitive camping experience with some basic amenities thrown in on the side, the Wilmington...
Campgrounds are scattered throughout New York state — some are privately owned and others are owned and operated by the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation. There are seven campgrounds that are close to Wilmington and the Whiteface Region. I have listed them below for you to browse through. More in-depth information can be found on their websites....
Camping with your pooch is like sleeping with a body pillow — at least it is with my four-legged companion.The hard part can be planning for the extra mouth to feed, but in some cases it's finding a dog friendly retreat. That’s why camping is the answer. The Whiteface Region is a great option for dog friendly camping and is ever-so-close to the High Peaks and a plethora of other hiking, paddling...
8/3/2016 Editor's note: When thinking about swimming holes in the Whiteface Region this favorite spot always comes to mind. We hope you enjoy this blog from the archives — we'll have to check back with blogger Chelsea to see if she managed to take a dip in the rapids this summer! Being new to the Adirondacks, I’m excited to learn about and experience the many different outdoor activities...
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...
There are a lot of rocks in the Adirondacks — one of the most exposed expanses of anorthosite granite in the world occurs here — but what about that other kind of rock? Kid Rock. Is there a connection between the man who helped pen “Bawitdaba” and the Adirondacks? It turns out, there is. I found six degrees of separation between Kid Rock and Whiteface Mountain, a popular peak that's home to...
It’s the season to spice up your ride with a bunch of fall color and some crisp fall air. Thursday evening I usually join the Adirondack Women’s Mountain Bike Ride for a cruise around the woods. If you’re a woman and love to ride your bike, come out and join us! Each week is a different location and this week's ride took place on the Hardy Road Trails here in Wilmington.There’s something about...
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...
I know people who have lived in the Adirondacks their entire lives and have never seen a bobcat. I also know people who have caught fleeting glimpses of the creature while going about their business. Just the other day, a friend was telling me about the bobcat he saw while driving home from work along Adirondack Loj Road in the High Peaks. It was winter, and he came around a bend to find the...
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...
Welcome to Whiteface Mountain!The snow has begun to fall, and we’ve all got winter on our minds. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is gearing up for what they hope to be a busy winter season, and their snowmaking skills are top-notch and ready to go! I had the opportunity to visit Whiteface Mountain before it opened for the season on Thanksgiving, and I talked with some of the staff about their...
Known for its seemingly endless natural beauty and outdoorsy pursuits such as skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and fishing, the village of Wilmington may not immediately come to mind when planning a holiday outing, but let’s not be too hasty. As the craziness of the season hits a crescendo, how about taking a day to unwind with some fresh air with dear friends or loved ones, followed by great new...
I’ve only fat tire biked once before and it wasn't for long. I’ve been feeling a little adventurous lately and it occurred to me that I needed to give fat tire biking another chance. Of course, I don't tend to jump in and not do things the way you would think one who was new to a sport might. Who said you need to take it easy when learning a new sport? Let's take it from the top, literally.I...
For me, Whiteface Mountain is home to a veritable bucket load of bucket list items. Hike a High Peak? Check. Ski the biggest vertical drop in the East? Check. Get married on top of a mountain? Check. But even after all of that, Whiteface still holds a few of my unchecked bucket list items. I still haven’t hiked to the top in the winter and I still haven’t skied down the Whiteface Veterans...
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...
2016 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 when they were originally published, here are our top three picks from the Whiteface Region. Enjoy!3) Adult Hide & SeekOur blogger tries her hand at geocaching on a warm spring day and soon finds herself exploring new places and...
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...
We were halfway down Excelsior, an intermediate-level trail that begins at the gondola on top of Little Whiteface Mountain, when Luke Meissner's radio crackled. A young skier had taken a nasty fall near the bottom of a trail called Easy Street and couldn't get himself off of the mountain.Stopping at the crest of a serious drop off where several trails intersect, Luke quickly consulted a map that...
Grab your beer and bring your friends, because it might get cold without them. We even brought the dog, hoping he likes fish. We were the newbies out on the lake. My father, my friend Adam, and I had never been out ice fishing before.The last time I was out on a frozen lake I had skates on my feet, a hockey stick in hand, and a puck heading for nothing but net. Drilling holes in the ice wouldn’t...
Wilmington is always a great choice for a weekend of skiing at Whiteface Mountain. But it's also a wonderful destination for a couple who doesn't Alpine ski.This adorable little village is all about the romance. It has some delightful features which can make it about just we two. If our idea of a romantic getaway is about spending lots of couple time in low-key, lovely, surroundings, we can offer...
Sometimes the mountain can be a pretty peculiar place.Whiteface Mountain is a local watering hole for those who might choose the path less traveled! Not sure what I mean? Let me show you.Every spring Whiteface Mountain holds their much-anticipated pond skimming contest. What’s pond skimming? The staff at the mountain makes a small pond at the bottom of the Mixing Bowl, you ski down a small...
Spinning for SpringHave you ever attended a spinning class?I have. For the very first time this spring, I had the opportunity to sample a local trainer’s group spin classes. I figured it might be a good prep for spring cycling out in “the wild.”  Had I attended more than exactly two classes, I’m sure that would have been the case.It was much harder than I thought. For those who haven’t...
Ironman VolunteerIt was about 9 months ago that I was gifted with one of the greatest opportunities — I was asked to assist with Ironman Lake Placid. I was brought on board to help with the astounding amount of work that goes into coordinating the thousands of volunteers. I didn’t know what I was in for, but that was the best part. The adrenaline was all that kept me going. The energy Ironman...
So you're coming to the Wilmington area because of the fishing... even though you don't fish.Don't worry. There are plenty of activities to enjoy in our section of the Adirondacks. While your favorite fisherperson is out casting in our award-winning river, here are some fun suggestions for the non-fisher folks in your party.The sky isn't even the limit.easy outdoorsWhen it comes to the Whiteface...
Whiskey Run Registration Now Open in Whiteface Region – Down with Prohibition! By Guest Blogger: Michael MartineauBet you didn’t know that Wilmington, NY, was a hotbed of whiskey running during Prohibition did you? During the years of prohibition, which ran from 1920 to 1933, Wilmington, with its close proximity to the Canadian border, became a hub of illegal liquor manufacturing....
The next time you're mountain biking in the Whiteface Region, consider this: Those winding paths, with their heart-rate-increasing obstacles and gentle dips and turns, were all constructed by hand. Imagine moving half-buried boulders with a steel pole, or building berms with a pick and shovel, and you'll start to get the idea.Josh Wilson calls it fun — it's rewarding work — but he's also the type...
This month I did some research into one of my favorite activities - camping! I love it, as you'll find out reading this blog.My husband and I live in the woods in the Adirondacks. At home we can do pretty much everything camping-wise that can be done at a campground. But there's just something about hitching up that camper and moseying on down the road to one of our region's amazing campgrounds....
  Plan to Cycle this season in the Adirondacks!We think cycling in the Whiteface Region is awesome, but you don't have to take our word for it - let our cycling fans speak for us.Have we convinced you yet? Good. Now, check out our homey lodging and fabulous food choices, and plan your next mountain or road biking trip today! 
If country roads that meander alongside flowing rivers with a backdrop of majestic mountains sounds like a good place to ride a motorcycle, you’re in luck. We’ll even throw in a side trip to the top of an Adirondack peak. Yup, you’re in for a first rate tour of the Whiteface Region. Begin in Keeseville, and take Route 9N toward Jay, about 17 miles total that takes you through the hamlet...
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 one of the quadrillions of people in the world who appreciate a good, ideally locally-brewed craft beer after a long day. However, my general rule is that in order to deserve that beer, I have to perform some sort of legitimate physical exercise that merits beer as a reward (and that will counteract the beer’s potential weight-increasing effect).  Exercise that qualifies includes a round...
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...
Of course you know how to look at leaves! Or do you? Because the Whiteface Region has so many gorgeous options, so many acres of foliage, and so much blazing color, choosing a spot can feel overwhelming. Here are some tips for a fantastic fall getaway. Choose your time Peak color is not a firmly defined concept. No one wants to miss it, and yet it happens over a period of days or...
It may be hard to ackowledge that winter is almost here, especially if you're still raking leaves. But the best deals can be found now, before we’re knee-deep in the fluffy stuff. And Whiteface Mountain is no exception; they are offering up various deals with substantial savings.   If you haven’t skied it yet, let me give you a couple of reasons to visit: Whiteface Mountain is ...

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