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Long Lake is planning hikes

Sunday, July 06, 2014 - Updated: 4:31 PM

LONG LAKE -- The Town of Long Lake is sponsoring free hiking excursions for the summer with state-certified guides Spencer Morrissey and Joan Collins.

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

In addition to year-round Adirondack excursions, Morrissey has been team leader of a Mt. Rainer expedition and for Mount Adams in Washington State, completed New Hampshire's 4,000 footers, and made Death Valley expeditions. He 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.

Collins is a state-licensed bird guide, bird walk leader, writer, speaker on ornithology topics and an Adirondack 46er. She has led walks and made presentations for many organizations including Audubon, Adirondack Mountain Club, and the New York State Ornithological Association.

Collins is a serious ear-birder and is fascinated by bird vocalizations / sounds, bird behavior, migration, and the history of North American ornithology. She is a board member of the NYS Ornithological Association and Northern NY Audubon Society.

DATES

-- Monday, July 14: Moose River Plains / Inlet with Collins. Meet at 7 a.m. at Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena parking lot.

Hiking and birding on several short hikes into Mitchell Pond, Hell Diver and Ice House. The plains are notable for its large diversity of habitats, including bogs, open plains, boreal forests, hardwoods, and mountaintops of spruce.

-- Monday July 21: Castle Rock Loop with Morrissey. Meet at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena parking lot at 8 a.m.

This loop brings one high above Blue Mountain Lake before climbing to some interesting caves on the shoulder of Castle Rock. The climb is a bit steep but short, and the payoffs are big. Finish the loop by hiking through forest back to the trailhead. The loop is 3.2 miles.

-- Monday, Aug. 11: the Roosevelt Truck Trail with Collins. Meet at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena parking lot at 8 a.m.

Lovely, mature boreal habitat spans the 2.5-mile long Roosevelt Truck Trail. This wide, road-sized trail runs between State Route 28N and the Blue Ridge Road in Minerva. The trail has hilly and level terrain with an overall gain of 100 feet in elevation by the end of the hike. The habitat along the route provides a year-round home to many boreal bird species.

-- Monday, Aug. 18: Sawyer and Little Sawyer Mountains with Morrissey. Meet at the Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena parking lot at 8 a.m.

This is a loop hike of just under four miles over two smaller peaks with excellent views. First, follow the Sawyer Mountain Trail to the summit and then adventure on a short bushwhack over to Little Sawyer Mountain, where outstanding views await atop a small summit with a balanced boulder. Plan to hike off-trail for over half this distance through open hardwood forest.

All hikes require pre-registration and are limited to 15 participants. Hikes are open to all ages; however, children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call (518) 624-3077 to reserve a spot.

The Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena is at Rt. 30 and South Hill Road. The town will provide transportation to each trailhead.

Gear lists and waivers are available at the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Rd. The Town of Long Lake sponsors all the trips, but gratuities are appreciated.

     

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