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    Top Spots in and near Lake Pleasant

    • Speculator, New York

      Paddle the Sacandaga and Kunjamuk Rivers to Elm Lake

      The Sacandaga River is accessed via a hand launch at the Speculator Ball Field Parking Area in the town of Speculator, NY. Follow the Sacandaga River 1.5 miles until you reach Kunjamuk Bay. The Kunjamuk River begins further up the bay to the left.  Approximately 4 miles up river is Elm Lake. Padd...
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    • Wells, New York

      Hike to Auger Falls

      4.0
      Augers Falls is a not so well kept secret in the Wells/Speculator area of the Adirondacks. It's usually not very crowded but the people that go to take it in come from far and wide. It's an easy family friendly hike (and that includes furry family, just keep them on leash) that offers some fantas...
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    • Lake Pleasant, New York

      Hike Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

      5.0
      Pillsbury Mountain is a fairly short but satisfying hike, ending with beautiful views of surrounding mountain ranges and lakes, and home to a defunct ranger station and fire tower. To get to the parking area within the Perkins Clearing wilderness area, head north on Route 30 out of Speculator and...
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    • Lake Pleasant, New York

      Backpack to Cedar Lakes Lean-to #2 in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness

      5.3 mi / 705 ft gain
      Know before you go! It’s a bumpy road in and a bumpy road out so be sure your vehicle is ready to handle a long, winding dirt and rocky road back to the trail head. The road is approximately 7 miles to the trailhead starting on Jessup River Road off of State Route 30 in Speculator, NY. Follow Jes...
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    • Indian Lake, New York

      Hike Snowy Mountain Fire Tower

      4.7
      7.5 mi / 2142 ft gain
      Snowy Mountain is the largest mountain in this region of the Adirondacks, and with a 2100'+ elevation gain over the 3.5 mile ascent is actually more work than some of the famed High Peaks. Going north on Rt 30, the parking lot is marked as Snowy Mountain on the right hand side. If you make it to ...
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    • Caroga Lake, New York

      Kane Mountain Fire Tower

      4.2
      2.1 mi / 518 ft gain
      The Kane Mountain fire tower is one of the more frequented Adirondack towers due to the ease of the trail and its proximity to so many Caroga Lake camping areas. The short hike is family friendly and available year round, part of the trail doubles as a cross country skiing trail in fact. Driving...
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    • Johnsburg, New York

      Hike Crane Mountain

      4.5
      4.6 mi / 1100 ft gain
      At the trail register stay to your right at the fork in the trail. The left trail will be where you return. At approximately 0.5 miles you will reach an open ledge area, as you look up a rock cairn will mark where you pick up the trail. At 0.8 miles you will reach the first of two ladders to a...
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    • Hadley, New York

      Hike the Adirondack's Hadley Mountain

      5.0
      3.6 mi / 1545 ft gain
      Hadley Mountain historically has faced its share of forest fires. The fires left thin soil, leading to more exposed rock on this fairly quick, scenic hike. Due to the rockiness, when you're thinking about heading out for this hike, be sure to grab a sturdy pair of hiking boots or at least your st...
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    • Indian Lake, New York

      Hike to OK Slip Falls

      5.0
      6.4 mi
      Starting at the parking area you will walk 0.2 miles west on Route 28 to the north side of the road to locate the marked trailhead. After signing the trail register you will follow the the red marked trail approximately 0.5 miles to the first junction.  At the junction you will branch right and f...
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    • North Creek, New York

      Hike Gore Mountain

      5.0
      10 mi / 3040 ft gain
      You will start this hike following the blue blazed Schaefer trail. Though the sign shows 5.8 miles to the summit it is actually only 5.0 miles. Much of the way you follow Roaring Brook which has many waterfalls along the way. Just after the North Creek Reservoir you will get your first glance at...
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    • Gloversville, New York

      Drive the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway

      3.0
      This scenic byway starts in Fonda, NY and travels along Route 30 to Malone, NY.  The area described and pictured here is a 65 mile stretch from Mayfield to Indian Lake. Starting in Mayfield you will head north driving past the Great Sacandaga Lake. Continuing through the town of Hope  you will dr...
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    • Inlet, New York

      Hike to Shallow Lake in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness

      2.8 mi
      Shallow Lake is a 268 acre remote lake located in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness in Central Adirondacks. This trail starts from Brown Tract Pond Campground, near campsite number 68 via the Shallow Lake Trail. This is a nice and easy hike for all fitness levels, with little elevation gain.There is a w...
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    • Inlet, New York

      Hike Black Bear Mountain

      5.0
      3.8 mi / 2442 ft gain
      The trail up Black Bear starts at the end of the old road/parking lot nearest Inlet. There are two routes up Black Bear; the shorter but steeper route of 1.9 miles and the longer but muddier route of 3.1 miles. There is another trailhead on Uncas Road that isn't as steep but is 2.2 miles to the s...
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    • Inlet, New York

      Hike Rocky Mountain Summit

      5.0
      1 mi / 448 ft gain
      This half-mile, steep hike to the 2225 foot summit of Rocky Mountain has some great views of Fourth Lake and the surrounding area from it's open summit. Simply follow the steep, well worn trail (and yellow DEC discs) to the summit. The round trip of this hike is one mile, with an elevation gain ...
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    • Newcomb, New York

      Paddle the Essex Chain of Lakes

      Beginning in the Town of Newcomb, there is a sign for the Essex Chain of Lakes at the intersection of Route 28N and Pine Tree Road. Follow Pine Tree Road until you see a right for Goodnow Flow Road. Follow this road for 4.3 miles then take a right on Woody's Road. Take this road for 1.5 miles u...
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    • Long Lake, New York

      Buttermilk Falls

      0.17 mi / 36 ft gain
      Buttermilk Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Long Lake, New York.
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