Long Lake offers four free hikes

LONG LAKE - The Town of Long Lake is sponsoring four free hiking excursions during the summer with New York State Certified Guide Spencer Morrissey.

Each hike requires pre-registration. Hikes are open to all ages but are limited to 15 people. An adult must accompany children under age 16. Call (518) 624-3077 to reserve a spot.

Hikers arrive at the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road at 8 a.m. the day of the trip. The town will provide transportation to trailhead. Gear lists and waivers are available at the Town Offices.

Although the trips are free, gratuities are appreciated.

Morrissey is a 46er, a bushwack 46er and Adirondack 100 finisher. He has climbed 675 different Adirondack peaks. He is proficient in GPS, map and compass navigation.

In addition to year-round Adirondack excursions, Morrissey has also been a team leader of a Mt. Rainer expedition and for Mount Adams in Washington State, climbed all New Hampshire's 4,000 footers and made Death Valley expeditions as well as a vast number of winter excursions.

Morrissey is the author of "The Other 54" and "Adirondack Trail Runner." He also writes for the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau and the Town of Long Lake's website www.mylonglake.com/blog.

Morrissey has planned four unique Adirondack hiking trips for hikers with a variety of skill levels as follows.

Monday, July 15, Castle Rock Loop. A four-mile moderate hike with some steep portions. Take in outstanding views of Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Lake from the rocky summit of Castle Rock and enjoy a peaceful hike past the secluded Chub Pond.

Monday, July 29, Owl's Head Mountain. A 6.2-mile, moderate to steep round-trip hike. Enjoy this hidden gem of Long Lake while hiking through a gorgeous open hardwood forest to the summit. Take in views from the restored historic fire tower.

Monday, Aug. 5, Mount Adams. A five-mile round-trip. Steep climb. Hikers will drive through the ghost town of Tahawus before finding themselves on this Adirondack classic hike that visits a gorgeous body of water (Lake Jimmy) and climbs to the summit of historic Mount Adams and its newly restored fire tower.

Monday, Aug. 12, Summit Rock and Indian Pass. A nine-mile round-trip. Moderate hike. After a drive through the ghost town of Tahawus participants will start a hike that brings them along Indian Pass Brook to the south side of Indian Pass. The climb is a bit steep in areas but the hiker will be rewarded with outstanding views of one of the largest cliff faces in the park.