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Friday, April 13th, 2012
Took my first mountain bike ride in ions. A quick jaunt to the old Lake Durant carriage road. Pretty lake side ride. Perfect biking weather, about 56 degrees and sunny today.
Have been a member of the ADK Mountain Club for 3 years but inactive. I just found out they get together every week for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snow shoeing & x-country skiing. Wondering about mt. biking. Gotta get the old bones moving again. And want to experience the lakes with the club. So many lakes near Blue Mt Lake.
Sure there are higher mountains elsewhere but it is sure pretty here in the Adirondacks. There are some great trails for hiking too. Trails to Blue Mt, Snowy Mt and Oak Mt are all less than 15 minutes away. With the exception of the High Peaks in Lake Placid these are some of the highest mts in The ADK’s.
Blue Mountain Rest
Monday, May 2nd, 2011
The central Adirondack region has a maze of trails in a topagrahy that can range up to 3,900 vertical feet. Snowy Mt in Indian Lake, Blue Mt in Blue Mt Lake and Oak Mt in Long Lake are some of the highest peaks in New York. The Adirondack State Park is a perfect unspoiled back drop to your vacation adventure offering spectacular panoramic views overlooking dozens of crystal clear lakes.
The NY State Trail System in this central region has a rich variety of terrain for the beginner or expert; Sprague Pond offers the flatest, easiest and shortest trek of just .3 mi, more moderate to difficult trails Chimminy and Wakely Mts are 1.1 to 3 mile jaunts or the 7.9 mile difficult to steep Sucker Brook trail is in Indian Lake. Hiking Blue Mt has the Castle rock and Tirrell Pond trails that can even connect you to the Northville- Lake Placid Trial – 130 miles for the hard core long distance enthusiast. But there are dozens of other trails Rock Lake, Baldface Mt, Sawyer Mt & Bullhead Pond just to name a few.
If you road bike Rts 28, 30 & 30N are the main thorough fares that will bring you to the towns of Speculator to south, Indian Lake, Blue Mt Lake, Raquette Lake to the northwest and Long Lake or Tupper Lake to the northeast. Just pedaling thru these areas will give you the true flavor & sheer beauty of the Adirondacks. You’ll see majestic mountains, blue lakes and picture perfect vistas at almost every turn.
All of the off road trails are good for hiking, many for moutain biking in the warmer seasons and snowmobiling, snow shoeing or x-country skiing in winter. In the town of Inlet there are some of the best mt biking trails in the whole northeast. For the avid mt biker contact Pedals and Petals for more info. The local chambers of commerce have trailmaps as well as many of the lodging facilities for easy review of the general area.
Blue Mt Lake is the epicenter of this hiking and biking mecca. Blue Mountain Rest has Hiking and Biking Specials for discounted loging rates and is just one of the recommended lodging facilites there; as well as, Prospect Point Cottages, The Hedges & Hemlock Hall. Do a google search and enjoy your experience in the overwhelming expanse of the Adk State Park.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
Spring has certainly sprung. If you want to get away for Easter with the family, are a student on Spring Break or belong to a fishing or hiking club…. find adventure or experience the quiet solitude of the Adirondack State Park, Blue Mt Lake is the perfect venue.
But while you are there go to explore- hike, bike, fish or go white water rafting.
Blue Mt is one of the highest peaks in the Adirondacks just under 3,800 feet, fantastic for hiking or mountain biking. The New York State trails are everywhere, leading to you moderate trails for novices or steep terrain for the truly experienced.
Go Fishing. It’s trout season and less than 15 minutes from your lodging facility are 7 lakes. Blue Mt Lake, Eagle, Durant, Indian, Adirondack, Long & Raquette Lakes stock a colorful variety of species of fish including: small and large mouth bass, land locked salmon, northern pike, brook, brown and lake trout, bullhead, pumpkin seed, smelt, red breast sunfish, whitefish, yellow perch – ideal for any angler, family outing or just a peaceful jaunt on the water.
If you want a little more action try whitewater rafting. Excillerating white water will cruise you past scenic gorges, blue iced mountain faces and pine covered high peaks. – tiz the season for these effervescent flows, the winter melt off is happening right now and will continue into lake spring and summer. There are three rafting companies in Indian Lake where you can sign up for a ride of a liftetime especally if you grab a raft on a level 4-6 rapid. Students on spring break get special perks on this one becuase your anticipation and enthusiasum is felt right through the hospitality industry. But you don’t have to be young to do the whitewater, just young a heart. Come on give it a shot!
To recreate & have fun you’ll need lodging. Check out all the facilities in Blue Mt Lake, in particular the comfortable lodgning at Blue Mt Rest. “The Rest” as it is known in this region is running spring specials for all of these activities. Contact the proprietor Lenny Baglieri by phone 845.236.4071 or thru his web site www.bluemountainrest.com . The accommodations sleep up to 34 people, have fully equipped kitchens, Direct TV, DVD, internet services, outdoor fire pits and some have fireplaces as well. Bed down… then have your Spring Fling in the mountains, Adirondack style!