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David Passey
(davidpassey) - F - M

Locale: New York City
Adirondacks Advice on 07/17/2009 13:31:17 MDT Print View

I am taking a group of NYC scouts to the Adirondacks in August. My object is to get them a legitimate wildneress experience--lakes, remote country, etc. I've never been to the Adironacks myself, though, having been raised in the west.

After spending some time with the maps, I'm focusing on the Western Canada Lakes region, which is reputably remote, and has a series of lakes within scout hiking distance.

If anyone has any experience with the Adirondacks, and can recommend a place that would be a good/better experience for scouts, I'd really appreciate it. (I'd hate to start these kids off on the wrong foot)--or provide helpful info re the WCL region.

I've tried to avoid the High Peaks Region, as I understand it gets very crowded, but even that I'm not sure of.

Thanks. As always, this forums on this site are excellent.

--David

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Adirondacks Advice on 07/17/2009 16:42:53 MDT Print View

David,

I haven't spent much time in the area that you're asking about, but I know that the section of the Northville-Placid Trail that runs through the West Canada Lakes area can be pretty swampy. The 'Dacks have been deluged with rain for about a month and a half, so you might be walking the kids into a bog.

I'd call the appropriate ranger station and see if you can get an update on trail conditions if I were you.

Unfortunately, due to budget cut backs at the DEC, the areas that see low usage don't get the trail maintenance you might like for a scouts outing.

Good luck,
Dave

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
West Canada Lakes on 07/18/2009 11:45:04 MDT Print View

David -

I grew up near the Adirondacks and have backpacked and canoed there extensively.

West Canada Lakes is a beautiful area, and would be a fine choice for a first trip with the group. There will quite possibly be wet and soggy stretches of trail, and on my last trip there (2004, pictures below), a routefinding challenge where blowdown and a swamp crossing required paying careful attention so as not to lose the trail (a GPS would be a good thing to have along).

That said, it's one of the prettier hiking areas outside of the high peaks and a fine place to start with people new to camping; here are some shots from my trip showing some of the lakes, campsites, and trail conditions (along with shots from the Adirondack museum; the Piseco-West Canada Lakes shots start about halfway through):

http://brilliantmedia.com/bp/piwc/index.html

Dave .
(Ramapo) - F - M
Adirondacks Advice on 07/18/2009 12:05:24 MDT Print View

Steve those photos are great! Where were the shots of Nessmuk's canoe taken?

David Passey
(davidpassey) - F - M

Locale: New York City
Re: West Canada Lakes on 07/19/2009 16:26:56 MDT Print View

Thanks to Steve and David. Those photos are terrific!

Steven Nelson
(slnsf) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
Nessmuk's canoe on 07/19/2009 21:44:27 MDT Print View

Thanks, guys.

The photos of Nessmuk's canoe, the gorgeous guideboat, and other sights before the hike were all taken at the Adirondack Museum, a place I highly recommend for kids and adults alike.

It's in Blue Mountain Lake, and their web site is here:

http://www.adkmuseum.org/

There are trailheads nearby that head out to Tirrell Pond, the Northville-Lake Placid Trail, and other great hiking destinations.

Regards,
Steve