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Essex County offers a variety of hiking opportunities to suit your childrens ability
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Boreas River Trail Hike

Trail Description: Churning rapids at times of high water are the allure of this relatively well drained trail. The Boreas River used to propel thousands of logs to the boom in Glens Falls each spring, but is now used by a few skilled (or suicidal) whitewater enthusiasts. The roar of the river is a constant companion as you proceed 1.2 miles to Hewitt Eddy, where the river broadens and the water becomes calmer. Either call this point you destination and return as you came, or proceed along the Hewitt Eddy Trail for .8 mile and find yourself on Rt. 28N, roughly .8 mile south of your car. If you choose to make a loop hike by returning to your car via the highway, keep in mind that cars zoom along 28N at a fast pace. Loop trip totals 2.8 miles; in and out to Hewitt Eddy: 2.4 miles.

Directions: The level trail is found on the west side of Rt. 28N, south of the Boreas River bridge. The bridge is 8.7 miles north of Minerva and 5.7 miles south of the intersection of Rt. 28N and the Tahawus Rd. Parking is located across the road from the trailhead.

Cascade Mountain

Trail Description: Although this is one of the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks, it is an exciting climb for all ages. This is a very easy climb, and takes the climber through forests of maple, birch and beech. Since it is such a popular mountain, there are always a good number of climbers on the trail and the summit. Cascade is not high enough to have a true alpine summit, but having been cleared by fire, the bare rocks afford incredible views of the surrounding peaks.

Directions: The trailhead is marked clearly by a DEC sign, on Rt. 73, in the town of Keene.

Owl's Head Mountain

Trail Description: This is a great hike for the entire family. It takes approximately 45 minutes round trip, and that includes rest stops. The ascent is 460 ft., and very easy for even the smallest climber. The summit is semi-wooded, and has spectacular views of the surrounding area, including Cascade Mountain, Pitchoff and Giant. As an added bonus, blueberry bushes abound.

Directions: Take Rt. 73 to Owls Head Acres, and turn here. This is about 3.2 miles above Keene. The turn out is on the left, and there should be a sign ( last time we climbed it, the sign was not there) for the trail.

Sawyer Mountain Hike
Trail Description: This may just be the easiest summit hike in the Adirondacks, and its gently grade and pleasing view make it a proud accomplishment for older walkers as well as children. The trail proceeds south and enters a hardwood forest. At .9 miles there is a look out to the east, prefaced by a large boulder. The summit at 1.1 is wooded, but there is another look out several hundred feet beyond the summit. A good site for a picnic. A 2.2 mile round trip.

Directions to Trailhead: Located off of Rt. 28/30 between Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake, Sawyer's trailhead parking is well-marked. Find it on the west side of the road, six miles east of Blue Mountain Lake.

Please remember if you bring it in, make sure you bring it out!!!
Always leave an area the way it was before you got there - Lets keep the Adirondacks Clean!!

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