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Old 01-11-2018, 11:45 PM   #1
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3 or 4 day loop ideas with a large dog

Hello all!

My friend and I are planning a 3-4 day loop hike that is also appropriate for my Bernese Mountain Dog who is used to backpacking trips and carrying his own pack. We are both experienced hikers but have never been to the Adirondacks before. Any suggestions of suitable loops that have low to moderate traffic (with some great views!) would be awesome. Thanks in advance for any advice! Cheers.
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Old 01-12-2018, 10:19 AM   #2
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Good loop hike to serve as an intro to the Adirondacks. No real elevation to deal with. Add a side trip to the top of Cat Mt and catch the sunrise. I would plan to camp at either High Falls or High Rock for one night.

http://cranberrylake50.org/


Also a loop through the Cold River. Start at Corey's Road down to Duck Hole, NPT or Horse Trails to Shattucks Clearing. Then head back to Corey's Rd.

http://cnyhiking.com/HighPeaksWilderness.htm
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:31 PM   #3
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Not sure when you are planning this- if it's soon, access is limited in winter to the trailheads of many wilderness loops. The Ha-De-Ron-Dah wilderness area just south of Old Forge would be a loop accessible in winter- the trailhead is right on Rt28. It's not long enough for 3-4 trip though. The West Canada Lakes wilderness area has a great loop passing several wilderness lakes with lean-to's. You could get 3-4 days with side trips. It's difficult to get to in winter though.
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:12 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestions; we will definitely look into them!

In response to the season, we are planning for the early summer. Maybe a winter trip will be another future endeavour!
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:53 AM   #5
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Since it's a summer trip then I strongly recommend the west canada lake wilderness. Start and end at the southern Pillsbury mountain trailhead, combining the Cedar Lake, French Louie, and Northville Placid trails. The loop itself is only about 20 miles but you can add overnight side trips to Spruce and Brooktrout lakes to increase the time and distance. This is a beautiful and remote area and well worth the visit.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:32 PM   #6
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A recent trip through the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness near Old Forge was fun...
https://youtu.be/OzFES3wGeeQ
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