Town of Long Lake: Certified guide to lead winter hiking expeditions

The Town of Long Lake and certified guide Spencer Morrissey will be hosting three upcoming winter hikes on Saturdays January 11, January 25, and February 22nd.

The January 11 hike is part of Winter Trails Day and is free of charge; all other trips are $20 per person.

Guide Spencer Morrissey

Guide Spencer Morrissey

Advanced sign up is encouraged to reserve a spot as trips are limited to 15 participants.

Winter trips are not recommended for kids under the age of 12 without prior experience in similar outings.

Transportation is provided by the Town of Long Lake, and hikers should meet at the Long Lake Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road, Long Lake at 8 a.m. Call (518) 624-3077 to reserve spot.

The January 11 trip will take hikers to Snowy Mountain. This peak is a historical landmark with an existing fire tower on the summit.

This is a seven- to eight-mile round trip snowshoe hike over moderate to very steep terrain.

There is a long flat approach at the beginning with a very steep section near the top. The views are outstanding and the fire tower is open to the public.

On January 25, Morrissey will lead hikers up Sawyer and Little Sawyer.

This two-peak hike is a unique adventure in the backcountry near Indian Lake.

The hike follows a well developed trail to the summit of Sawyer Mountain before starting a short bushwhack route to Little Sawyer Mountain.

Both peaks have great views and unique in their own respect.

The Feburary 22 trip is a hike up Mount Adams. This 4.8 mile round-trip will be over moderat                                                     e to steep terrain.

The route will bring you past Lake Jimmy on an easy trail before you enter a narrower trail and eventually hike to a historical Adirondack fire tower.

The views are some of the best in the park.

Snowshoes are required for all hikes, even if snow level is low.

Boots need to be warm, as regular hiking boots will not be adequate. Under no circumstances will low top shoes be allowed. Gaiters are highly recommended. People will be turned away if guide feels proper preparation and gear is inadequate.

Required equipment includes: Waterproof/breathable pants and jacket, two liters of water or Gatorade, warm hat, two pairs gloves/mittens, warm boots and non-cotton socks, a backpack, lunch and snacks, mid weight or heavy weight underwear, top and bottom, snowshoes, headlamp, chemical hand warmers and toe warmers, and a fleece/Pirmaloft jacket.

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