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2016 Hikes with Joan Collins:

Joan Collins Portrait

Spring Pond Bog Hike with Joan Collins sponsored by Long Lake on July 12, 2016

Spring Pond Bog Hike with Joan Collins sponsored by Long Lake on July 12, 2016

Spring Pond Bog
Boreal Birding
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Bus Departure at 7am, Long Lake Geiger Arena Parking Lot at Mt. Sabattis, 6 Pavilion Way

Join Joan Collins for a hike to scenic Spring Pond Bog. One of the most popular birding destinations in the Adirondacks and a designated “Important Bird Area” (IBA), Spring Pond Bog is the second largest bog in the New York State. This Adirondack Nature Conservancy property contains diverse habitats and bird species. Wetlands, bogs, boreal forest, mixed and deciduous forests, and areas growing back from logging activity, can all be found at this Tupper Lake property. Spring Pond Bog is a primary study site for Spruce Grouse researchers in the Adirondacks. Eighteen warbler species breed in this area including Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Palm, and Canada Warblers. Other boreal species include Common Loon, Northern Goshawk, Black-backed Woodpecker, Olive-sided, Yellow-bellied, and Alder Flycatchers, Philadelphia Vireo, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak, and the increasingly rare Spruce Grouse. The hiking trail to Spring Pond Bog gradually climbs through a hardwood forest to a glacial esker. There is a boardwalk loop to the right of the esker that takes visitors into the bog for close-up views of plant and bird life. The trail is less than a mile long. Bring food, water, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 7 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! There is a restroom at the Geiger Arena meeting location. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Roosevelt-Truck Trail is an excellent place to explore

Roosevelt-Truck Trail is an excellent place to explore

Roosevelt Truck Trail
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Bus Departure at 7am, Long Lake Geiger Arena, 6 Pavilion Way

Lovely, mature boreal habitat spans the 2.5 mile long Roosevelt Truck Trail. This wide, road-sized trail runs between Route 28N and the Blue Ridge Road in Minerva. Joan Collins will lead a hike along this route beginning at the Blue Ridge Road trailhead and ending at the Route 28N trailhead. The trail has hilly and level terrain with an overall loss of 100 feet in elevation by the end of our hike. The habitat along the route provides a year-round home to many boreal bird species. Participants will also be looking for animal tracks – Black Bear and Moose tracks are frequently found on this old road. In August, the Roosevelt Truck Trail is a wonderful place to look for mushrooms and lichens. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 7 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! There is a restroom at the Geiger Arena, and there are two outhouses along the trail at camping locations. Bring food, water, a jacket, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Always a popular fall destination.  Sign up early!  This trip fills up fast.  Leaf Peeping is breathtaking.

Always a popular fall destination. Sign up early! This trip fills up fast. Leaf Peeping is breathtaking.


Low’s Ridge – Upper Dam Trail
Leaf Peeping and Birding!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Bus Departure at 7am, Long Lake Geiger Arena, Mt. Sabattis, 6 Pavilion Way

Join Joan Collins for a walk into beautiful Hitchins Pond and the Upper Dam on the Bog River. Common Loons nest on Hitchins Pond each year. Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons are also a common sight. The route is an old dirt road that passes through many lovely and varied habitat areas including a boreal bog, marsh, mixed forest, and ponds/lakes. After the 2.5 mile walk on level terrain to Hitchins Pond, there will be a food break at a scenic picnic area. Participants may order lunch from the ADK Trading Post. Lunch menus will be provided before departure. Order and enjoy a warm Panini delivered picnic side via guide boat! There will be an optional 2 mile round trip hike up Low’s Ridge featuring spectacular views of the Bog River Valley and High Peaks. The round trip distance is 5 miles, or 7 miles if the hike up Low’s Ridge is added. Bring food (lunch can be ordered at departure), water, a jacket, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray. Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 8 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”! There is an outhouse at Hitchins Pond and a restroom at the Geiger Arena meeting location. Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077. This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department. There is a maximum of 15 participants.

Summer 2016 Hikes with Spencer Morrissey:

Spencer Morrissey

Spencer Morrissey

All trips meet and depart from the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. Call 624-3077. You must pre-register in advance. These trips are free and guided by Spencer Morrissey. The Town of Long Lake provides transportation to provide minimize impact at trailhead.

July 26, 2016 – Mt. Adams, 8am Departure
5.2 miles round trip
8:00 am meet time at Geiger Arena
Moderate to Steep
Climb to one of the great Adirondack fire tower peaks and enjoy outstanding views deep into the High Peaks Region. Expect an easy hike to scenic Lake Jimmy and the old Observer’s cabin and then a more moderate to steep terrain along the summit trail to the top. Go into the fire tower for the views that will be an awe inspiring moment.

August 23rd, 2016 – Castle Rock Loop, 8am Departure
August 23rd
Castle Rock Loop – Blue Mountain Lake
4.25 miles Loop
8:00 am meet time at Geiger Arena
Easy to moderate
Hike this fascinating loop with stellar views out over Blue Mountain Lake and far into the Blue Ridge Wilderness Area. Gentle terrain will lead you to a slightly steeper final climb to a small cave passage and then the summit of Castle Rock. We will finish off the loop with a lovely walk along a different trail that passes by scenic Chub Pond

The Long Lake Little bus will provide transportation to hiking site. All hikers meet at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena across from the Long Lake Post office located on Pavilion Way and 1100 Deerland Road (off of South Hill Road) NYS Route 30.

You must sign up in advance. Due to group restriction size the max number for the trip is 15.

While this trip is free, we encourage gratuities and family donations to the Parks & Rec department to help off-set the cost of this expedition program.

All hikers must sign waiver forms which will be available the day of the hike.

Summer Gear List

Trekking Poles
Comfortable hiking boots or trail shoes
Extra pair of socks
Rain Jacket
Camera
Headlamp – just in case
Small backpack
2 liters of water, minimum
Lunch and snacks
Sunscreen
Bug repellant – might not need it

Sunglasses-optional
Hat-optional

Avoid cotton. It isn’t a huge deal in the summer, but if it gets wet it will stay wet and become heavy and uncomfortable.

To sign up for a trip call 518.624.3077.

Mount Adams by Spencer Morrissey:

 

 

Overview:
Mount Adams is a must for any visitor to the Long Lake Region

Overview:

Mount Adams is one of the most rewarding peaks in the High Peaks Region. For a short hike the views are fantastic and reward you with a 360 degree view of the area. The fire tower, once under deteriorating conditions, has been remodeled and is safe to climb and enjoy. While short, this climb can be very demanding for those unfamiliar with steep terrain.

This 2.3 mile, one way, hike covers a mixture of easy to very steep terrain. From the trailhead you will descend slightly to the shore of the Hudson River. The bridge that was located here has been washed away and must now be forded. The water isn’t too deep at this location but it will require you to remove your shoes and socks.
After a short section you will be at Lake Jimmy where this bridge is also missing in parts. A temporary trail has been built around the northern tip of the pond. This section is very wet as you make you way back around to the official trail.

Soon you will pass by the observer’s cabin on your left and locate the trail to Adams on the left at the top of a small rise. Once on the Adams Trail you will slowly climb through an attractive forest and eventually to a much more aggressive climb. There is one section where hands will be needed to overcome the slippery, steep rock section. The mud surrounding this area also makes the small climb a bit difficult. Above this there are a couple more steep sections before moderating out to the summit.

The fire tower on the summit has been remodeled by the High Peaks Foundation and is in stellar condition. Without this tower the visitor would have no views of the surrounding beauty of the High Peaks Wilderness, Seward Range, and the Santanoni Range and beyond.
Elevation:
3520’
Ascent:
1753’, strenuous
Distance Round Trip:4.6 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 2.0 hours to summit
Experienced Hiker: 1.5 hours to summit
Inexperienced Hiker: 2.0 hours to summit
Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28N toward Newcomb. Continue through Newcomb and take a left onto Blue Ridge road. Follow this for under 2-miles to Tahawus Road on the left (state sign points to High Peaks Region). Follow here to Upper Works Road on the left, also a state sign located here. Continue here to the trailhead for Allen Mountain and Mount Adams on the right.

Winter Access:
This is an excellent snowshoe trip, but might be a bit aggressive for children who are not attuned to being on snowshoes. The steeper sections can become very slippery and difficult to descend. The trail can be skied to the fire observer’s cabin, but it is not recommended past that point.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Coney Mountain by Spencer Morrissey:

 

 

Overview:
The trail for Coney Mountain used to follow the county line and climb steeply through rutted terrain to the top of a high ridge. This trail has since been closed and moved a bit further (200’) north along Route 30.
A state trailhead sign now marked the start of the trail and enters what appears to be a dark forest from the road. But once in the woods it becomes very well lit as the light penetrates the canopy. The trail for the majority is very rocky and still quite new, so footing is a bit rough in areas. Following the well-developed trail you will sweep your way around the steep western slopes of the mountain. As the trail steepens a bit, it continues to contour its way around to the northern slopes of Coney Mountain and then meets up with the original trail just below the summit. The final approach is over slab rock, no scrambling is necessary. The views start to open up with Goodman Mountain to the north and Mount Morris to the northeast. The waters of Tupper Lake can be seen to the north as well and the wooded hills of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the west. As far as views go, this is one of the best in the area, with the best bang for the buck.

Elevation: 2265’
Ascent: 515’, easy to moderate
Distance Round Trip: 2.2 miles
Approximate Time: Family of Four with Kids: 1 to 1.5 hours to summit
Experienced Hiker: 45 minutes to 1 hour to summit
Out of Shape Hiker: 1 to 1.5 hours to summit

Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for a little over 12 miles to the Hamilton and Franklin County Line. There is a parking lot located there with a postal box on a state sign. The trail is a couple hundred feet up the road on the opposite side of the road. Be very careful of traffic when crossing Route 30.
Winter Access: This trail is typically broken out by midday after a storm but can become quite slippery as you approach the summit, and typically very windy. This is a great snowshoe, not recommended for skiing.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Buttermilk Falls by Spencer Morrissey:


 

Overview:
Buttermilk Falls
Overview:

The trail to Buttermilk Falls is only about 0.1 miles, but Buttermilk falls is so much more than a walk. This destination is a great all-round spot for the entire family no matter age, physical ability level or experience.
Above the falls there is a canoe launch that can be used for boating up the Raquette River to a nice lean-to on a grassy point. Right above the falls there are several rock outcropping, opening up picnic areas and places to relax by the sounds of rushing water.

Below the falls there is also picnic spots, as well as swimming areas directly below the falls or a bit further down the Raquette River. The rocky falls are not recommended for climbing or diving from and should be highly respected.
There are also picnic benches in the area as well as a hiking trail. The hiking trail is designated as a canoe carry and part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. You can hike this trail to the put-in below the falls. Past this put-in there is a herd path along the river to access nice swimming areas downstream as well as attractive views out over the water. Eventually the herd path will connect with another carry trail and eventually end at two lean-tos on the south end of Long Lake.

Distance Round Trip:
Less than 0.5 miles
Approximate Time:
Minutes to the base of the falls, 30-minutes to the twin lean-tos on Long Lake
Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue to North Point Road on the right (located on sharp corner). Follow North Point Road for around 2-miles to the parking on the right.
Winter Access:
This area can be easily accessed in winter but the falls are much less dramatic. However the ice formations on the rocks can be very interesting. Be aware that the area can be very dangerous and slippery during the colder months.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Castle Rock by Spencer Morrissey:



 

Overview:
Castle Rock Loop
A great family outing
Overview:
Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the power poles, but when in doubt keep right. After a short distance you will leave the road and start on a foot trail. Within a few hundred feet of leaving the road you will come to split in the trail. Follow the trail left over a small foot bridge. I have this route going clockwise for ease of travel reasons. This bridge crosses the outlet to Chub Pond, which you will be able to see shortly. The view over Chub Pond is a decent one but you will get a better view later from the other side.
Continuing on along a nice mellow trail you will come to an intersection with a spur trail to Blue Mountain Lake. This is a short 0.3 mile descent to the shore of the big lake, if the need strikes you. At the trail intersection you will start a steep continuous climb up the shoulder of Castle Rock. The ascent to the Castle Rock trail is very steep. Above the steep section it moderates to a nice grade.

As you crest the steeper section you will be able to see the cliffs of Castle Rock in front of you. The trail takes a hard right and almost heads back in the same direction you just came from before it takes a hard left toward the cliffs. This section of trail is quite amazing. That is if you like rock walls, caves, and formations. There is a trail through a small cave that comes out the other side.

Follow the trail north until you come to another intersection with the yellow trail. Here you will need to go right. From here the climb gets much steeper with large steps over rocks and roots. In short time you will be on the open rock summit of Castle Rock overlooking Blue Mountain Lake. After you have relaxed and soaked up the views return to the last intersection and follow the red trail to the right. You will drop down slightly to a fork in the red trail. Left leads to Upper Sargent Pond and right leads back to the trailhead.

Continue on following the red trail as you are lead through open woods on a side slope, natural springs run off Peaked Mountain. If the weather is warm or the season not perfect, wet trails can and will be encountered. The trail at this point is rolling hills eventually you will at the shores of Chub Pond again. This time however you are on the better side. The views over the pond are much nicer as you look down the inlet from the trail.

From here continue on a moderate to easy trail as it leads back to the first split you had this day – near the footbridge. Follow left back to the road and back to the trailhead.

Elevation: 2434’
Ascent: 575’, easy to steep
Distance as a Loop:3.0 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 3.5 hours loop
Experienced Hiker: 2.5 hours loop
Out of Shape Hiker: 3.0 hours loop

Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 30/28N toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue into Blue Mountain Lake and pass by the Adirondack Museum. Just pat the Adirondack Museum and locate Maple Lodge Road. Follow this rod to the hiker parking and the trail register; park in designated area only please.

Winter Access:
This trail is typically broken out by midday after a storm but can become quite slippery as you approach the summit. This is a great snowshoe, but could be used for skiing in the clockwise direction only. However, the skier needs to be very good. The steep section from near the lake to the summit of Castle Rock is best snowshoed.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

 

Catlin Bay by Spencer Morrissey:



Catlin Bay
A great spot for a family destination

Overview:
Catlin Bay is located a simple 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at a scenic location along the Northeast Shore of Long Lake.
Descent: a
Distance Round Trip: 2.25 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 45 minutes to bay
Experienced Hiker: 30 minutes to bay
Inexperienced Hiker: 45 minutes to bay
Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28N toward Newcomb. Continue on 28N for about 3-miles to Tarbell Hill Road on the left. Follow Tarbell Hill Road for about 1-mile to the parking for the Northville/Placid Trail on the right. The trail is 100-feet further, just over the hill on the right.

Winter Access:
This makes for an excellent snowshoe destination for the entire family. While the trail gets very little use in winter it makes for a nice winter experience through a very attractive area.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Death Brook Falls by Spencer Morrissey:

 

 

Overview:
Death Falls Makes for a Great Photographic Destination

This trail, while quite short is an excellent destination for photographers and bird watchers. You will first need to pinpoint the metal gate which marks the start of the trail. This is not too difficult, just be sure to look for it just west of the entrance to the NYS Golden Beach Campground. There is parking for 2-3 cars. Passing by the gate you will be on an old access road that brings you through a grass field with an attractive wetland to your left.

As you continue by the wetland there are a few small areas that you can approach the shore, but don’t get too close the edges are a bit unstable in parts. This opens up great opportunities for birding and wildlife photography. As you continue through you will notice a split in the trail. Right will lead you around to above the falls – the area above the falls is not recommended for young children. The left fork will lead to the base of the falls. At this point you should be able to hear the water pouring to the rocks below. You will have a small stream crossing to where you will be able to see the falls to the right.

Death Falls is a wide fanning cascade where in the spring or after a heavy rain spell, rainbows often develop. Use this area to do some additional photography, but be aware that the rocks along the brook are very slippery and loose. The steep slopes of Estelle Mountain are directly to the south, as a small pond at the base of the mountain helps nourish this wonderful natural feature.
Elevation: 1950’
Ascent: 180’, easy
Distance Round Trip: 0.6 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 1/2 hour to base of falls
Experienced Hiker: 15 minutes to base of falls
Inexperienced Hiker: 1/2 hour to base of falls

Trailhead Location:
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road. There is no trailhead sign.

Winter Access:
This makes for an excellent snowshoe or very short cross-country ski destination. Parking in winter can be tough, it is all dependent on if the parking area is plowed.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Sargent Pond Loop by Spencer Morrissey:

 

 

Overview:
Sargent Pond Loop
Overview:
Sargent Ponds are located in the approximately 45,000 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and is open to all kind of outdoor activities from mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, fishing, trail running, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting.

The Sargent Ponds Loop makes for an excellent outing for the entire family. One of the nice things about this loop is it can be hiked in its entirety or only in parts. With three very distinctive ponds along the loop, a visitor could visit one or all of them depending on what they had in mind.

For this entire loop it would be required for the hiker to walk North Point Road for 1.5 miles back to their car, unless a second car were available to spot. However, as a visitor to the area a second car might not be an option. With that in mind, the road is a nice walk at the end of a day, but an out and back to Lower Sargent Pond might just be the ticket.
Bug repellant close by, water bottles full, boots tied tight, and camera at the ready you’re off. Starting from the eastern trailhead and hiking in a clockwise direction, just because, you have to start someplace. After a surprisingly quick 1.2 miles over a somewhat heavily used trail you will come to a trail intersection, with only one sign. The sign pointing right leads to Lower Sargent Pond; left and unmarked is a 0.2 mile trail to the shore of Upper Sargent Pond. Upper Sargent Pond is worth the short hike, if for no other reason than to just look out over the calm waters. This is a fabulous place for a picnic or to wade out and cool off on a hot day. The waters are very shallow allowing hikers to wade out well beyond what most ponds offer.
Returning back to the junction, make this left toward Lower Sargent Pond. This segment of trail is a little more serious with small ups and downs, possible wet crossings, and sections of trail that are very narrow and getting overgrown. Along this route you will begin to see a long marshy area to your left which is part of Middle Sargent Pond but not actually the pond itself – no trail leads to Middle Sargent Pond. At 2.7 miles you will come to another intersection – right is to Grass Pond (the trail you will need to return to) and left is to Upper Sargent Pond. The sign reads Upper Sargent Pond 0.1 miles. A trail then continues along the northern shore for about 0.2 miles to a lean-to if you wish to see it. The trail also continues straight and ends at the Shore of Raquette Lake, 4.0 miles away.

Retrace your steps to the intersection, take that left and continue the loop. This will bring you along a well-maintained trail toward Grass Pond and the western trailhead. It’s only about 0.6 miles to Grass Pond, whose shore is just that, grass-covered, wet and mossy. It is challenging to reach open water, best left for the ducks. However, with that being said, it is a great place to do a bit of bird watching. Great Blue Herons, red-wing blackbirds, and numerous species of song-birds frequent the tall grasses. The slap of a beaver tail or the laughing cackle of a pileated woodpecker could be heard in the distance. The remaining 1.3 miles to the road is a nice, mellow stroll. Small rolling hills dot the landscape and add to the experience. Once at the North Point Road you will need to get back to your vehicle if a second car was not available. It’s a 1.5 mile walk along the windy, somewhat well-traveled road, back to the other trailhead.

Distance Round Trip: 6.8 miles
Approximate Time:
Family of Four with Kids: 3 to 4 hours, loop
Experienced Hiker: 2.5 to 3 hours, loop
Out of Shape Hiker: 3 to 4 hours, loop

Trailhead Location:
You can find these two trailheads off the Forked Lake Road in Long Lake. Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North Point Road will be on the right, in 3.0 miles – drive down North Point Road. There will be a fork in the road a few miles in; right leads to Forked Lake Campsite, left to the trailheads. The trailheads will both be marked with state DEC signs on the left side of the road. The first trailhead is at 3.1 miles from the intersection with Forked Lake Road; 1.5 miles separate the two trailheads.

Winter Access:
This loop makes for an excellent snowshoe trip, as well as a decent cross-country ski outing. Parts of this loop get subtle use from snowmobiles, so it may have track set for you. If not, you can expect heavy snow and fresh powder.

Information and photos provided by Spencer Morrissey of Inca-Pah-Cho Wilderness Guides – 607.267.3474

Surf and Turf Hitchens Pond & Lows Ridge by Spencer Morrissey:

 

 

Overview:
Surf and Turf
A dual sport adventure from Low’s Lower Dam to Low’s Ridge

A surf and turf adventure is simple, first you paddle (surf) to a hike destination (turf) and then paddle back to your car. The Adirondacks are loaded with opportunities like these and the Long Lake Region does not fall short.

For this adventure you will have a short carry of only about 100 feet to the sand shore at Low’s Lower dam on Bog River. The launch itself is a scenic destination and a popular area for boating and fishing. The paddle starts out from the dam in a wide area with rock shores and calm waters. As you proceed to the west the passage gets a bit narrower and the scenery becomes even more inspiring. These narrows also bring shallow waters and submerged boulders that under lower water conditions might not clear the hull of your boat.

Moving along, the river widens a bit and you can explore the edges a bit easier as you make course to the makings of a river pond where all types of birds can be seen. Eagles have been seen in the region on several occasions and have great areas for nesting to the north. Great blue herons can be seen fishing along the shore in the shallows, while the unofficial bird of the Adirondacks – the black fly – buzzes your ears.

The rivers course will naturally swing you north through another narrow area that quickly enters another widening that travels west again and under the railroad tracks. The opposite side of the tracks brings you continually west parallel to a marsh area where red wing blackbirds can be seen by the dozens.

Its fun to skirt the marshland, as the waters depth is shallow enough to see the small fishes that live there and on occasion might stir up a passing otter. As you feed through the final narrows on this trip you will come to Hitchins Pond. Hitchins Pond is a north to south shaped pond. Heading north will dead-end you into Hitchins Bog, heading south will bring you to Low’s Upper Dam and the hike up Low’s Ridge, which is the turf portion of the day. Follow the natural course that leads you to a grassy area and the portage past the dam. Pull your boat ashore, change into your hiking boots and start your next leg.
As you hike up the old road you will pass by the remnants of old houses and structures to your right and during the right season wildflowers to fill your eyes. Cross the next dirt access road and follow the foot trail, a DEC trail signs marks the start.

The trail starts out climbing right off on a well traveled trail as it sweeps hard to the SW along the bottom of the ridge. After a small descent the trail meanders through the open hardwood forest and hooks around the backside of the ridges high point before climbing the west side to the open rock spine. Unbelievable views are had from this open rock and a bit of exploring along the ridge to the north will find you a plaque and an old carving on the rock dedicated to the Low’s, the original owners of this land.

To get back to your car you will need to read the above upside down and hope for the best, or, use the map and do a return journey downstream along the Bog River, the opposite direction for which you came. We recommend the latter.

Hike Distance: 1.25-miles, one way
Paddle Distance: 3-miles, one way
Directions to Launch:
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in the Village of Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for Approx. 14-miles to Route 421 on the left. Follow here for over 6-miles to the “Lows Dam road” on the left (State DEC sign). Drive this to the end for the launch.