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YMCA Partners in the Hike-A-Thon

Buck Mt view

View from Buck Mt hike’s third lookout, led from YMCA Camp Chingachgook

Did you know that both YMCA campuses on Lake George are part of the Lake George Hike-A-Thon? You can join the hike up to the third lookout on Buck Mountain from YMCA Camp Chingachgook in Fort Ann (hurry – there are only 4 spots left for this hike!), or if you’re a member of the Silver Bay YMCA you can join us from Inspiration Point!

To register, use our online form for Buck Mt, or to sign up for Silver Bay’s hike, you must register with them directly by contacting Darrell Fedchak, Assistant Program Director of the Silver Bay YMCA: 518-543-8833 ext 316 or email dfedchak@silverbay.org.

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Deadline is coming soon!

There is just one month to go before we reach the registration deadline for the 2017 Hike-A-Thon – no additional registrations will be accepted after June 16th.

As a reminder, the Hike-A-Thon is set for Wednesday, July 5th.  If you haven’t registered yet, but want to, there are still a few great options available:

Amy’s Park – Wetlands Hike, Bolton LandingAmy's Park pond

This is a one-mile round-trip hike that is a great option for hikers of all ages. There are a few low bog bridges and short ups and downs, but overall an easy hike that ends at the magnificent beaver pond. There are plenty of treasures along the way to keep young ones interested, from salamanders to wildflowers.

 

Amy’s Park – Uplands Hike, Bolton LandingAmy's Park

For a bit more of a challenge, take the red trail to a lookout just below High Nopit. This is 1.5 miles round-trip and includes steep and narrow sections requiring steady footing.  The view is a beauty, and includes the wetlands of Amy’s Park and Pole Hill.

 

Charles R. Wood Nature Park, Lake GeorgeWood Nature Park

This Nature Park is a hidden gem located on West Brook Rd, across from the Village’s Festival space. The accessible trail system is great for strollers and wheelchairs, and loops around ponds and wetlands, with educational signage along the way. Benches and other seating areas also dot the trails. Since it’s right in the Village, the Park is within walking distance to beaches, stores, restaurants, a natural playground, and restrooms.

 

Cook Mountain Preserve, TiconderogaCook Mt

One of our more challenging hikes, this site also offers one of our best views of Lake George! The hike is about 3 miles round-trip, and includes a steep and steady climb to the summit. Side trails also provide views of Ticonderoga and Vermont’s Green Mountains, and lead to a historic cemetery.

 

Peggy’s Point, HaguePeggy's Point

This 2-acre waterfront park in downtown Hague has a special designation of dog-park-for-a-day just for the Hike-A-Thon!  All are welcome – you can come with or without a dog (or two) – but activities and giveaways will be geared towards our four-legged companions and their owners. The property is ideal for youngsters and those unable to hike; there is a short wood-chipped path that leads to a garden and bench, plus a gazebo provides seating and shade.

 

Need more information about these sites? Go to our interactive map for additional details. Ready to register? Click on the button below and sign up today!

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Gull Bay view
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One week left to be an Early-Bird!

If you haven’t registered for the 2017 Hike-A-Thon yet, now is the time to do it! The Early-Bird Registration period ends April 30th, which is also when we stop giving away free t-shirts. And who doesn’t want a free t-shirt?!

Still can’t decide where to go because we have too many great choices? Well, you’re in luck because the number of available sites has gone down from 17 to 7, making a decision that much easier. And the sites that are left are still great; no bottom of the barrel, here at the Lake George Hike-A-Thon. What’s available? Glad you asked! There is still space at both hikes at Amy’s Park, the Charles R. Wood Nature Park, Cook Mountain Preserve, Gull Bay Preserve (pictured), Peggy’s Point, and Thomas Mountain. Check out our map for more information about all of these, and then register!

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May Update – Wow!

The 2016 Hike-A-Thon is looking AMAZING! Thank you to all who have already registered. For those who are still deciding where to go, sites are filling up, so you’ll want to choose quickly!

Here’s what is still available:

Amy’s Park uplands hike
Amy’s Park wetlands hike
Berry Pond
Cook Mountain
Gull Bay
Northwest Bay paddle
Pilot Knob
Thomas Mountain

Have questions? Feel free to call us at 518-644-9673 or email shoffman@lglc.org. And, as always, spread the word to your friends and family! Thank you!

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The Pinnacle is full!

With more than 350 people signed up for the 2016 Hike-A-Thon, it’s no wonder sites are filling up. The Pinnacle in Bolton Landing is the latest property to hit its max.

If you wanted to sign up for the Pinnacle, consider the nearby Thomas Mt instead – the trail is slightly longer but similar in difficulty. Or check out Bolton’s Amy’s Park for its easy half-mile trail to the beaver pond, or 3/4-mile hike to a view.

Don’t forget, the early-bird registration period ends April 30! There are just two weeks left to get a free t-shirt for each participant. Register today!

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One Week to Go!

We’re SO excited here at LGLC, and can’t believe there’s only one week left before the Hike-A-Thon!  We’ve had such a great response this year that we have more than 540 hikers and volunteers participating at 12 locations – that’s HUGE!  And since our sites are all full, registration is officially closed.  Sorry if you didn’t get to sign up, but please try to join us next year, and check in early to get your spot!

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Three weeks to go!

Thanks to this great article in the Daily Gazette about the Hike-A-Thon, registrations have been pouring in! The Gull Bay Preserve and Pilot Knob are now FULL and Amy’s Park’s wetlands hike is getting close… we still have space at Cook Mountain, the Last Great Shoreline and the uplands hike at Amy’s Park. Hurry – registration closes on the 26th! ‪#‎LakeGeorgeHikeAThon‬ ‪#‎HikeLakeGeorge‬ ‪#‎LGLandConservancy‬