When you vacation in the mountains of New York, you will have a hard time staying indoors at your Adirondack vacation home. The numerous trails in the wilderness, along the lakes and toward some of the peaks are enticing to the avid hiker or anyone who loves the great outdoors. Due to its size, one may have to visit this area over and over to try all of its trails; you can select a different Adirondack rental property near to each area you explore. Below are just a few of the picks to consider for your next trip:
Easing into Hiking
At Silver Lake Bog in Hawkeye, Franklin County, you can take the half-mile boardwalk or go up the trails that lead to the bluffs, 400 feet high. With marked stops, swamps and habitats--a white-tail deer or creeping snowberry, perhaps--you'll be sure to enjoy this walk. Within close proximity of your Adirondack rental property is Raquette Falls in Harrietstown. Just follow the NYS Route 3 south of Saranac Lake and you'll reach the 9-mile trail filled with wild mushrooms, tall trees and parts of the falls. You can also opt to take about 3.3 miles of walking tour around the Lake George Area Historical Sites and Markers. With its interesting monuments, you may need 2 hours to finish. Contact the Lake George Chamber of Commerce at (518) 668-5775 if you want a trail guide.
Taking on the Moderate Trails
Within the Adirondacks Lakes Region, the 2-mile trail on the Azure Mountain just off the Blue Mountain Road, allows you to observe ravens and the views of the High Peaks. The 19-mile Dog Pond Loop within Cranberry Lake, New York, that is accessible from Route 3, has side trails, can take you to Prouix Camp, East Inlet, Curtis Pond, and intersects with other trails such as the Otterbrook trail. Taking on the rim trail of the Whetstone Gulf State Park in 6065 West Road, Lowville, allows you to see the deep gorge, fossils, and maybe get yourself a little wet. You need to pay entrance to the park. Another mildly difficult hike is through the 8.2-mile Pigeon Lake Wilderness Loop in Eagle Bay, New York. You'll pass through cliffs, trees, lakes and boulders before reaching Queer Lake.
Conquering the Difficult Trails
If you reach the highest elevation of Clinton County, the peaks of Lyon Mountain, you will be treated to glimpses of Montreal, the Vermont mountains and the Lake Champlain down below. Towering over Lake George at over 2,500 feet is Black Mountain . To get there, just find New York Route 22 to Clemons. You can trek the 5.6-mile loop and get views of ponds, open rocks and at the summit, the Knob Hill and Sugarloaf. If you want to explore the High Peaks, tackle the 4.8-mile steep climb to Blueberry Mountain, about 2.4 miles away from the city of Saint Huberts. To get to the trailhead, get into New York 73 N to Keene Valley and in about 10 miles, turn left to Aiport Road. You will be treated to views of the Keene Valley, and a large boulder, among others.
Before embarking on a hiking excursion to the Adirondacks, take a look first at Vamoose.com for vacation property listings. Destinations are categorized by region so it's easy to find that ideal home you want as well as to specify the amenities and prices you need.