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...
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,...
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...
Five Top Snowshoe Hikes in the Wilmington, Whiteface Region Snowshoe some of the best Flume Knob This 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...
Holcomb Pond Snowshoeing to an obscure pond With 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...
Must Do Winter Waterfall Hikes in the Adirondacks Year-round Beauty in the Adirondacks Waterfalls 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...
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...
A nice addition to the “family snowshoe outing” family Cobble Lookout is a brand new trail to the Whiteface Region and practically still has that new trail smell. The trail as it originally existed was used for years by locals to access a rocky view overlooking Santa’s North Pole, but recently the DEC has decided to adopt it, mark it, and maintain it, with very little change. Currently...
Not feeling up to par? Maybe you've been out of the game for a while, or maybe you just want to try something new? Let's talk snowshoeing. Whatever the reason you can always get yourself in shape for the trails of the Adirondacks. It’s tough to go right out and climb a huge High Peak right from of the box, it’s kind of like quitting being a couch potato, cold turkey... it can be done, but it’s...
An adventure summiting Whiteface This 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 snowshoeing and bushwhacking...
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 for...
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....
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....
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...
“First I traveled through the seven levels of the Candy Cane Forest, past the Sea of Twirly Swirly Gumdrops”…..oh no wait that’s from Elf. There’s just something about this stretch of woods and trails that makes that line instantly pop into my head. But with trail names like Make Believe and Twisted Pines you’ll think you’re in a fairytale. It’s a cross-country skier’s fairytale. There...
When my kids and I head out on an adventure and travel to new places we always make a checklist of things we would like to do and see. The Whiteface Region has so much to offer in outdoor adventures that you could stay for days and not see some of the real gems of the area!  So, as a local, I thought I'd help you out and put together a tried-and-true sample checklist to help you plan...
As a four-season natural attraction, High Falls Gorge is a wonderful family-friendly option for visitors to the Whiteface Region. It provides ample parking, photo opportunities at every turn, shopping, and dining. There are three paths for exploration: the Easy Path, which is a quarter-mile loop with access to the center of the gorge without having to negotiate stairs; The Waterfall...
If the idea of winter camping conjures up a shiver... you might not be doing it right. I love the outdoors in winter, but draw a line at the sleeping bag, no matter how thick it may be. But that's not all there is to our winter campgrounds. If you would like a base of civilization with lots of lovely winter, there are two excellent choices right around the corner. Closeness...
With a snow filled weather forecast, our thoughts in the Adirondacks are beginning to drift from fall to winter. Our mountains are beginning to become snow capped, Whiteface Mountain will soon open, and winter activities will abound. Dedicated hikers will strap on their snowshoes and continue to take in the breaktaking views of the Adirondack Mountains. While winter hiking can be just...
Whiteface Mountain, New York’s fifth highest mountain, is a true year-round treasure that's begging to be explored. Whether you prefer to hit the slopes or simply sightsee from the top, Whiteface is a mountain for the people, accessible to anyone who wants to bask in its views. While the Veterans Memorial Highway is not open to vehicles during winter, there are still many ways to play on...
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. 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...
The cliffs beckon I don’t know how many times I've gazed up at the massive cliffs just past the entrance to Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and thought about how great the view must be from up there. I always figured it’d be easy to cut through the woods and bypass the rocky crags, then swing around to ascend the gentler backside of the mountain. Then my friend Emilee...

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