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Welcome to Hike-A-Thon 2020

The Lake George Land Conservancy’s annual Hike-A-Thon is a one-day event held each July 5th, created to showcase LGLC’s parks and preserves as free public resources, and to promote an appreciation for the outdoors and protecting the land that protects the lake. The first Hike-A-Thon took place in 2013, and it’s been getting bigger and better ever since!

Hikes take place simultaneously at locations around Lake George, culminating with aerial photography of each group by helicopter. The event is free – we want everyone to be able to participate, regardless of financial means. Donations are gratefully accepted, however, and are used to run the event; any extra is put towards stewardship costs associated with the maintenance and enhancement of these properties.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing concerns with the coronavirus, we have had to change the format of this year’s Hike-A-Thon to one that is self-guided, and at unspecified locations. The good news is that anyone can now participate, from anywhere! Find out how you can join the fun!

Sites

Every site that is included in the Hike-A-Thon was protected and/or managed by the LGLC, with the exception of our partner sites (Camp Chingachgook YMCA, Silver Bay YMCA, and Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center). The variety of difficulty levels, trail length and locations provides lots of choices for all abilities.
Visit the site section to choose your site

After Party

The After-Party was added in 2019 to provide a place for all participants and their families to gather as one cohesive group, with refreshments, activities, and entertainment. The 2020 After-Party will be held at the Bolton Conservation Park.
Learn more about the after party

Aerial Photographs

Aerial photographs are taken by renowned photographer Carl Heilman, II, from a helicopter piloted by Bruce Mowery of North Country Heliflite. For the photograph, the groups are stationed at each preserve’s summit or other appropriate location. Photos are available for purchase—see our Photo Gallery page for details. Our thanks also extend to Carl Heilman for use of his photos on this website and in other Hike-A-Thon materials.
View our photo gallery

VOLUNTEER

We rely on a wonderful volunteer crew to help lead hikes and keep things running smoothly on the ground, and we can always use more! If you would like to volunteer as a hike leader or to help with check-in, or organization/marketing of the event, please see our volunteer page for more information.
Learn more about volunteering

FAQ

The Hike-A-Thon event will be virtual for 2020, not the hikes themselves. We encourage you to get out, go for a walk, hike, or paddle, at a location near you. Sharing your experience is where the “virtual” comes in – let us know you participated by sharing pictures, either on Facebook or Instagram, or by emailing them to shoffman@lglc.org. We’d love to see where you go, what you do, and how many join you. Check out our Update page for more details.

The Hike-A-Thon is a one-day event, held the morning of July 5th. You choose ONE of the 20 hikes or paddles you wish to join, based on the information provided on our map – this includes length of trail/paddle, difficulty, and location. Then use our online registration form to sign up. Early-bird registration opens at midnight on March 2, 2020. Some sites fill up fast, so be sure to decide ahead of time where you want to go and register as soon as possible.

No! The Hike-A-Thon is free for all participants, thanks to generous support from our sponsors. However, donations are greatly appreciated and may be made at the time of registration to help support this and other LGLC events. In addition to the free shirt provided with Early-Bird Registrations, there is other event merchandise that may be purchased through the LGLC online store.

You can register as many people as you have in your group (so long as spots are available), but will need to provide names for all. As the registrar, you will be the primary contact for everyone you include. If someone in your group would prefer to receive information directly, they should register themselves.

Each site has limited space. If the form doesn’t allow you to register the number of people you’d like, it means there aren’t enough spots available at that site. Please choose another site to fit your full group.

If the site you wanted is full, please choose a different site. If all sites are full, you can register for the waiting list on the main registration form. Please list your site of choice in the comments box.

Yes! Participating in the Hike-A-Thon is a great way to introduce yourself to hiking. Our experienced volunteers will lead you and make sure you have an enjoyable experience. If you are concerned about the physical demands of hiking, we offer several low-impact options great for beginners. Our Sites map uses Easy, Moderate, Moderate/Challenging, and Challenging categories so that you can easily find the level you’re looking for.

Yes, dogs are permitted at MOST* sites, however they must be kept on a leash at all times. Please only bring your dog if you know they do well with crowds, other dogs, and the noise of the helicopter.

*Our partner sites, Up Yonda Farm and Camp Chingachgook, do not allow dogs.

The event organizers will be in touch with all primary contacts (see question #3) in the days leading up to July 5th. The event will only be cancelled in the case of severe weather, threat of thunderstorms and lightening. If it is lightly raining, the event will go on!

Updates will also be posted on the event website and on Facebook.

Note that weather in different locations vary; if it’s raining in your home town, it may be sunny in Lake George, so be sure to check this website or our Facebook page. Don’t assume the event is cancelled just because your area has iffy weather!

Yes! The After-Party is open to everyone – your friends and family may meet you at the Party and join us for all activities provided.

Please email Sarah at shoffman@lglc.org, or call 518-644-9673 as soon as you know you need to cancel. We appreciate your notice, since there may be someone on a waiting list eager to fill your spot!

THE LAKE GEORGE LAND CONSERVANCY

 For 30 years, the Lake George Land Conservancy has protected the land that protects the lake.

An accredited, not-for-profit land trust, the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) is dedicated to working with willing landowners and other partners to protect the world-renowned water quality of Lake George and to permanently preserve the natural, scenic, historical and recreational resources of the Lake George region of the Adirondack Park.

We use proven, nationally-recognized methods to protect the land that protects the lake, forever.  Thanks to experienced and passionate staff, strong leadership from a dedicated Board, guidance from our national network, our local partners, and a diverse group of financial supporters, the LGLC is able to do its job by focusing on one of the most cost-effective and efficient methods of protecting the lake: land conservation.

Read more about what we do, and past accomplishments. Copies of the LGLC’s Annual Reports and newsletters can be found on our News page. To view the LGLC’s most recent financial documents, including audited financial statements and IRS Forms 990, see our Financials page. New York State’s CHAR annual report can also be obtained by writing to the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

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