Activities and Destinations
A sampling from the cabins…
Chimney Mountain – The cabins’ namesake. It is a worthwhile 45 minute hike of moderate difficulty, due to a steep but short final climb. The summit has unique rock formations and vistas of the Adirondacks. The ridge overlooking the cabins has ice caves and some of the deeper crevices may still hold snow well into the summer. The trailhead is in the back corner of the field to the right of the barn. Do not take the road to the left of the barn and be careful not to take the trail behind the Sugarhouse cabin, which will take you in the opposite direction to Puffer Pond.
Puffer Pond – A pretty mountain pond situated between Puffer and Bullhead Mountains. Two trails lead here, each under a 2 hour hike. The shorter, but steeper trail begins behind the Sugarhouse cabin and ends in the middle of the north shore of the pond. The easier but slightly longer trail begins across the inlet. Follow the trail over the Carroll Brook footbridge and along the flow. Take the first left trail branch and follow Puffer Pond Brook (do NOT cross Puffer Pond Brook) on your right as you ascend the valley. The two trails make a nice loop circuit.
Round Pond – An easy, level, less than 1 hour hike to a pretty clearing on a remote, deep woods pond. Cross the dam at the end of the flow to pick up the trailhead. Take the trail to the left at the split above the dam.
Humphrey Mountain and the garnet mine – Look south, down the length of the flow. The double peaked, cone shaped mountain at the end of the flow is Humphrey Mountain. An open pit garnet mine is located more than three quarters of the way up. Patience and a keen eye can locate the blasting bore holes and rubble on the trail. Thumb-size gems are available. The clearing on the trail at the base of the mountain, along Kettle Brook, is where the miners lived. Estimate trip one way is 2-1/2 hours.
King Flow circuit – A half day (~4 hour) hike around the flow. Pick up the trailhead over the dam. Bear left every time the trail splits. Pass Round Pond. Cross Wakely Brook. Cross the clearings at Humphrey Brook. Cross the “Two Brooks” (Woodpecker Notch Brook & Puffer Pond Brook). Cross the footbridge over Carroll Brook. Arrive at the property across the inlet.
Forest etiquette – “Carry out what you carry in”. Please do not leave any trash in the woods. The call of nature will inevitably arise. Please make any deposits, off the trail and at least 100 feet from the nearest water or campsite, in a small hole and cover.
A few day trips of possible interest…
Gore Mountain Ski Center - (518.251.2411) Gondola sky rides, mountain biking, skiing and tubing depending on the season.
Snowy Mountain (3898 ft elev) – Is a moderately difficult climb to a clearing and fire tower. It is a great vista of Indian Lake. Trailhead is on RT 30, toward the southern end of Indian Lake.
Blue Mountain Lake
· 11 miles west of Indian Lake. Take RT 28/30 North/West.
· A destination of the rich and famous during America’s “Gilded Age”. This body of water is strewn with many islands, ideal for picnics, swimming, and cliff diving. The lake is over 100 feet deep.
· Adirondack Museum (518.352.7311) A 32-acre indoor/outdoor museum complex exhibiting the history, culture, and lore of the North Country. You can easily spend the entire day here.
· Blue Mountain – (3759 ft elev) Dominates the south central Adirondack skyline. Yes, that is a fire tower you see atop its dome. Enjoy the trail ascending this behemoth and the vista at the summit.
· Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery (518.352.7351) Boat rentals on the lake.
Lake George – A resort town with the fun and entertainment of the “boardwalk”; shops, restaurants, boat rentals, parasailing, tours, etc. Fort William Henry (the fort in Last of the Mohicans) historical site is along the lake’s southern shore. Take RT 28 south to US 9 south into Lake George (43 miles, 65 minutes).
Outlets in Queensbury – From Lake George, follow RT 9 south several miles. The outlets are along RT 9. Stores include Eddie Bauer, Carters, etc.
Lake Placid – Site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice”. It is a good size mountain town with shops, restaurants, and winter Olympic competition and training sites. This is the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks. About 1-3/4 hour trip north. Enjoy the scenic trip in. You can drive almost to the top of Whiteface Mountain then take an elevator ride to the summit.
Adirondack Loj – A fee parking lot and trailhead for the interior of the High Peaks region. Trails to Mt Marcy (5344 ft elev, the highest peak in NY state and source of the Hudson River), Avalanche Lake, Mt Colden, Algonquin Mountain, etc. It is a worthwhile experience for the intrepid hiker. It is near Lake Placid.
Newcomb Lake – A level hike along a “carriage” trail to a camp on the shores of a pretty lake on the western edge of the High Peaks. Good place for a picnic.
Ausable Lake and the Upper Gothics Range – An exclusive golf course and club in the High Peaks, that allows the public access on their road to Lower Ausable Lake. For those willing to hike some enjoy the panoramic views and waterfalls.