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Don’t miss out!

May 31st marks the last day to order 2018 Hike-A-Thon shirts with your registration, plus there are only 2-1/2 weeks left to register – period! Don’t miss out on this huge annual lake-wide event. Register online at https://lakegeorgehikeathon.org/register and secure your spot!

The event is filling up, with less than 100 spots still available at 7 sites. Need some help deciding where to go? Here’s a quick look at your options:

Amy’s Park, wetlands hike: Located in the back country of Bolton, this is our most family-friendly preserve with lots of natural features to keep the hike interesting. A 1/2-mile easy hike leads to rocky outcrop overlooking an active beaver pond. Great for birders, too!

Charles R. Wood Nature Park: Situated on property once part of the Gaslight Village Amusement Park in Lake George Village, this section of the renovated site includes a gravel path that winds around several retention ponds used to filter water before entering the lake. Handicapped accessible, this site offers a quick and easy option for those with limited mobility or time. A tour of the ponds, with explanation of the restoration project and plants found there, is included.

Cook Mountain Preserve: The first of LGLC’s preserves, Cook Mt is in Ticonderoga, with an unbeatable view looking straight down the lake, as well as eastern views of Lake Champlain and Vermont. This 3-mile round-trip hike is also one of our more challenging options, so those participating should plan on a good workout!

Godwin Preserve: This recent addition to the LGLC roster is located just south of Amy’s Park in Bolton. The 1.8-mile round-trip hike is moderate, with a few steeper sections but overall level footing that is good for families. The view from its lookout includes a glimpse of Lake George and a clear visual of the ponds of Amy’s Park, as well as the mountains beyond.

Jabe Pond: There are only a few spots left at this site in Hague, new for 2018! Owned and managed by the NYS DEC, a gravel road leads to a parking area a short portage away from the water’s edge. Take your time following the shoreline, checking out the islands, and take a rest at any of the small beach-like areas around the 151-acre pond. Paddlers must bring their own canoe or kayak.

Northwest Bay Paddle: This easy Bolton paddle meanders through the Northwest Bay Brook marsh for 1.2 miles to the point of the Loines Preserve, where the water opens into Northwest Bay. Suitable for canoes and kayaks, the marsh is home to lots of native plants and wildlife. Paddlers must bring their own canoe or kayak.

Pole Hill Pond Forest Preserve: Owned by NYS DEC and managed by the LGLC, this Bolton property is another of our more challenging options, with a hike nearly 6 miles round-trip and lengthy steep sections. The trail loops up to Walnut Ridge for a clear view overlooking Lake George and the tip of Tongue Mountain, then continues to Pole Hill Pond before descending to the trailhead.

Ready to make your choice? Register today!

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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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Early-Bird Closes Today!

Today’s the last day to register as an Early-Bird and get your free event t-shirt! Sites are filling up, too, so there’s no better reason to register NOW for this amazing, fun, family-friendly, FREE event!

Go to our interactive map to check out the 2018 sites, find one that’s perfect for you, and then register with our easy online form. Questions? Email Sarah at shoffman@lglc.org or call 518-644-9673. See you on July 5th!

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2018 Hike-A-Thon is off to a great start!

Early-bird registration for the 2018 Hike-A-Thon started at midnight, March 5th — and just 8 hours in, Roger’s Rock is FULL with more than 50 people registered! You guys are crazy, and awesome, and I LOVE watching these registrations come in! Thanks for all the support!

Sorry if you had your heart set on Rogers’ Rock – there are lots of other great sites are still available!  Go to our Sites page to get to our map and see all of the exciting options!

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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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Win a helicopter ride!
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Win a Ride in the 2017 Hike-A-Thon Helicopter!

Here’s your chance to be part of the Hike-A-Thon without stepping a foot on a trail!

Each year we offer one lucky winner the opportunity to be the fourth passenger in the helicopter that flies around Lake George during the Hike-A-Thon. The winner will be riding with pilot Bruce Mowery, photographer Carl Heilman, and one LGLC staff member.

Watch the event unfold from the air, wave to hundreds of hikers and paddlers, and see the lake and its mountains from the most awesome and inspiring viewpoint–from the Hike-A-Thon helicopter!  Complete the entry form below by June 16, 2017 to get a chance to win one seat in the helicopter that will fly around Lake George on July 5, 2017!

Drawing is open to the public and no donation is required to enter. One entry per household please.

Go to https://lakegeorgehikeathon.org/2017drawing/ for the official entry form and complete giveaway rules.

 

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!