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If you do not have a car, I highly recommend exploring North Woods, right in our backyard. You can walk, run, hike or cross-country ski here.

Hiking

Things to note about hiking in this area: Black fly season starts when summer hiking season starts, from around mid-may to early July. The first snowfall in the high peaks area is usually in early October. Snowshoes are required in areas where there is at least 8 inches of snow. Mud season is usually late March-late May, and it's best to avoid hiking above 2500 feet at this time to protect the trails.

Saratoga/Albany/Schenectady/Warren county:


Check out the DEC website for a lot of helpful information about the Adirondacks and Catskills. I highly recommend buying and carrying paper trail maps of the area when you go hiking, but location-based apps for hiking such as Gaia and AllTrails are also very helpful! If you have questions when planning a hike, feel free to send me an email.

Lake George area

If you want to try some challenging and less popular hikes in Lake George area,

Lake Placid area

The 46 4000 footers called the ADK high peaks This is a fantastic challenge, but its getting harder to find parking nowadays, so it might soon go to a permit system. One of the trailheads to get to these peaks (AMR) is already moving to a permit parking system from May 2021. If you plan to do any of these peaks or the challenge itself, I recommend refering to the Off on Adventure blog or the ratings on the Adirondacks High peaks website or this blog. If you do not plan to do the entire challenge, here are a list of my recommended peaks to do out of the 46 - ratings, including mine below and the ones I recommend above, are highly subjective.

Minerva area

Saranac Lake area

I haven't done any hiking here, except in the Seward range, but hoping to do some hiking this summer.

Catskills:

Hikes I have done or plan to do

Berkshires

XC Skiing