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Old 06-03-2020, 04:49 PM   #1
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Hiking possibilities near Loon Lake

Afternoon all.

I am heading up to the park in a few weeks.

My family and I are going to be staying at Loon Lake (off Thruway on Rt9).

Have never stayed in that area and was wondering if anybody has recommendations on hikes in the vicinity.

I appreciate any help/ideas.

Thanks.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:00 PM   #2
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https://www.townofchesterny.org/uplo...final_7-29.pdf
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:01 PM   #3
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Check this out Chris. May be of help. Enjoy !
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:03 PM   #4
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You may have to take the link and search it under Google as it may come out blurry if you try to read the link as I sent it. Good luck
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:05 PM   #5
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Wow, that was quick.

Thank you very much.

If any others have suggestions, please submit.

Thanks again.
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Old 06-03-2020, 05:21 PM   #6
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Just east of 9 and the Northway, and a little north of you is the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, with lots of trails. Check out this map by CATS (the Champlain Area Trail System).

Sorry, I forgot to put in the link:

http://www.champlainareatrails.com/w...-Trail-Map.pdf

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Old 06-03-2020, 07:20 PM   #7
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Are you looking for mountains, or lakes and ponds? Easy, moderate, or difficult, or a mix? Don't know what your family prefers. All of the above are available nearby in any off the 4 compass directions.

Some prominent mountain possibilities:

Fairly strenuous trailed hikes:

11th
Gore
Moxham
Peaked
Vanderwhacker
Pharaoh
Tongue
Crane

Medium:

The Chestertown list (Lake George and Moriah also have lists)
OK Slip Falls
Treadway
Hoffman Notch
Chimney

Easy:

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves (tourist attraction)
Cat and Thomas
The CATS trails

And of course there are innumerable hikes to lakes and ponds throughout the area.

Have fun!
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Old 06-04-2020, 09:58 AM   #8
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Fairly strenuous trailed hikes:
11th
Gore
Moxham
Peaked
Vanderwhacker
Pharaoh
Tongue
Crane

Medium:
The Chestertown list (Lake George and Moriah also have lists)
OK Slip Falls
Treadway
Hoffman Notch
Chimney

Easy:
Natural Stone Bridge and Caves (tourist attraction)
Cat and Thomas
The CATS trails
Just some clarification on @TCD's list based on my experience...

* Cat and Thomas are relatively easy individually from the nearest trailhead to each and depending on the trail you take. There are multiple ways to each with varying levels of difficulty. The longest way to Cat falls somewhere between medium and strenuous as it's longer and with more cumulative elevation gain that many in those groups. And... Cat & Thomas are both equal to Chimney in difficulty from their nearest trailheads.

* Individually, the mountains that make up the Chester Challenge are all easy. Some very very easy. You can get to most all of them in one day which would make your outing a "medium" day. Green & Catamount are located on the property of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves so if you pay to go in there you might as well tack one of those hikes onto your day. But if you want to save the money and skip Green/Catamount you still can qualify for the patch. You only need to complete 6 of the 8 hikes. For reference I did 7 of the 8 in just over five hours including drive time, stops, summit time, etc.

* The Moriah Challenge was also mentioned. There's 4 hikes on that list. You can knock them out in a half day with drive time included. All relatively short and easy.

All the mountains listed are excellent destinations though. Each with unique views and features. Have fun.
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:56 AM   #9
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Thanks, Makwa; I agree with your clarifications.

Also posting again here because I realize I left out a nice small mountain on the easy/moderate list: Severance, just outside Schroon Lake.
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Old 06-05-2020, 09:01 AM   #10
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Thanks

Just wanted to offer a formal and heartfelt thanks to all those who replied to my query.

It was more than I expected.

I've been going through the hikes and I am sure in the next few days I will have some further questions.

Thank you all very much once again.
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Old 06-06-2020, 09:46 AM   #11
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From the previous posts you can see that you have many hiking options. Since you are staying at Loon Lake you may be interested in views of that lake during your stay. Three of the mountains that are part of the Chester Challenge offer varying views of Loon Lake. As the brochure mentions, Beckman, Kipp, and Stewart Mountains all offer views of Loon Lake and all are very close by.
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