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Old 06-16-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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Best hike with newbies..

Hello All,

Taking my little 8yr old girl and some friends on a hike this weekend. This is going to be their first hike in the high peaks region. Mountains we are considering are Mt. Jo, Porter or Cascade. Wanted to spend a few hours hiking with nice summit views. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Also, how are the bugs this time of year? Thanks.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:46 PM   #2
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Owls Head is a nice little peak for an 8 yr old. Pretty short, a little scrambly and some nice views of Cascade.

The Crows are a little longer and higher, but awesome views for little peaks.

Both Owls Head and the Crows are in Keene.

And Jo is very nice.

Can't speak about bugs -- haven't been there recently.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:35 PM   #3
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Van Hoevenberg has great views and is an easy hike.

Can't help you with the bugs either.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:48 AM   #4
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Bugs were bad last time I was out and about so be prepared
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:07 AM   #5
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Hard to beat Hurricane to reward-to-effort ratio, it's a great way to get people hooked on peaks. Where will you be coming from? Might be something closer to you too.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:43 AM   #6
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We took the little ones up Chimney Mt...an easy 500 ft gain, great views, and caves to play in and around.
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:34 AM   #7
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Hey guys..thanks for the replies. We'll be coming up from the Glens Falls area. Did quite a bit of hiking around Lake George this spring so wanted to try something different.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:00 PM   #8
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Mt Baker in Saranac Lake is an easy first hike, as is Moose Pond, also outside of SLK.
Mt Jo, Mt V.Hoevenberg also a good bet. Good luck, and let us know how it all goes.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:34 PM   #9
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I would also reccomend Mount Baker in Saranac Lake. Very easy.
As for bugs...I would reccomend a bug net/long sleeves and pants
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:36 AM   #10
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Daughter was seven when we did Baxter from 9N. May be investigating Big Crow next week with the now 14 year old girl and her 11 year old brother (throwing in Hurricane too)

Owl's Head is good as is Jo and Van Hovenberg. VH has beaver activity kids might find neat.

If warm dipping the feet into Heart Lake after hiking Jo is nice.

Son was seven when we did Cascade but he had several small hikes under his belt and really took to it well.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:08 AM   #11
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The hike to the top of Roaring Brook Falls might be another option, and can be combined with some other sightseeing in Keene Valley -- a few swimming holes along 73 also.
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Old 06-18-2014, 11:34 AM   #12
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Thanks again for the replies. My wife is neurotic about ticks and now she wants to cancel the trip after hearing from friends that they are out in force. Are there any trails that are wide open and free of weedy areas? If I can convince my wife that we don't have to trek through heavy weeds or brush perhaps I can save the day! Thanks.
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It may be a longer drive for you but Ampersand Mountain between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake is a short but steep hike. There is an amazing view on the bald summit.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:44 PM   #14
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Thanks again for the replies. My wife is neurotic about ticks and now she wants to cancel the trip after hearing from friends that they are out in force. Are there any trails that are wide open and free of weedy areas? If I can convince my wife that we don't have to trek through heavy weeds or brush perhaps I can save the day! Thanks.
Cascade is pretty wide...

My kids have picked up more ticks in the few trees along the property border here and in our yard than they have hiking. I've picked up the majority of mine around ponds and streams fishing from grassy banks
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:44 PM   #15
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Mike-use this:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sawyer-Pro...-Gear/19887389

NO ticks. Ever. No other bugs, in my experience it is the best I have every used. Spray on clothes and gear, enjoy your trip worry free. I have never gotten a tick or any other insect bite using this stuff.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:14 AM   #16
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Well, did you get out, and how did it go?
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