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.
Due to the the coronavirus pandemic, we had to shift gears to make the 2020 Hike-A-Thon virtual. While it meant we lost the group camaraderie and exciting helicopter elements, this format allowed more people to participate, from anywhere!
In planning for this year’s event, we are embracing a hybrid format – going to back to in-person, group hikes and paddles, but also continuing to offer the virtual option for those who are not at the lake or who aren’t able to join group activities yet because of safety or other concerns. It’s the best of both!
Questions? Check out our FAQ’s below for answers.
The Hike-A-Thon is a one-day event, held the morning of July 5th. You choose ONE of the 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 1, 2021. Some sites fill up fast, so be sure to decide ahead of time where you want to go and register as soon as possible. Please note that by registering you agree to follow the safety protocols in place for the Hike-A-Thon.
This year we are also asking virtual participants to register so that we can keep track of how many people are participating in total.
If you aren’t able or don’t want to join a guided group hike or paddle, you can still participate – virtually!
How to participate:
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, especially this year. 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, or you could choose to split up into several groups.
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 site, Up Yonda Farm, does not allow dogs on their property.
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!
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!
UPDATED Yes! With the most recent updates from NYS loosening restrictions due to COVID, we can open the After-Party to friends and family.
For 32 years, the Lake George Land Conservancy has protected the land that protects the lake, and the natural, scenic, historic and recreational resources of the Lake George region.
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.