Outdoor columist Gary Lee to lead three upcoming nature hikes

Outdoor writer and Weekly Adirondack outdoor columnist Gary Lee will lead three upcoming hikes in celebration of National Trails Day.

The guided hikes are sponsored by VIEW, the arts center in Old Forge.

The first hike on Saturday, June 6 is to Bug Lake to view frog orchids in bloom. 

Anyone interested in joining the hike should meet at 10 a.m. on the corner of Uncas Road and Route 28 in Eagle Bay.

On Friday, June 12, Lee will lead a hike to Ferd’s Bog. Hikers should meet at 7 a.m. on the corner of Uncas Road and Route 28 in Eagle Bay. Ferd’s Bog, a haven for birders and orchid enthusiasts, is a 170-acre wetland.

This .3 mile hike to the overlook offers a view of the five-acre floating bog surrounded by forest with Cascade Mountain as a backdrop.

A boardwalk winds through the bog, allowing hikers to enjoy this scenic area without damaging it.

The boreal birds that inhabit it include three-toed and black-backed woodpeckers, bluebirds, Lin-coln’s sparrows, song birds, swamp birds, and a variety of warblers.

The Remsen Bog hike,  a quick tenth of a mile trek, is Sunday, June 21. Participants can meet at VIEW in Old Forge at 9 a.m. to carpool or at Hiffa’s, the former OK Corral in Remsen, at 10 a.m.

Remsen Bog, nestled in the foothills of the western Adirondack Mountains, features a rich mosaic of mature northern hardwood forest, a northern sphagnum bog, showy lady slippers, grass pinks and Loesel’s twayblad orchids.

For more information visit www.ViewArts.org, call VIEW at (315) 369-6411 ext. 201, or email info@ViewArts.org.

View, a multi-arts center located at 3273 State Rt. 28 in Old Forge.

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