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On Monday, September 20th we planned an ambitious hiking trip that featured nine hiking stops as well as a few side stops for pictures.  I knew it was going to be a long day, it did end up being nearly a 16 hour day as we left the Syracuse area around 6:30am and didn't arrive back home until 10pm that night.

Our first stop was to do a hike to Bubb & Sis Lake located near Old Forge.  Our second stop was close by as we hiked what could be the shortest trail in all of the Adirondacks, the Cathedral Pines Trail.  From there we continued north on NY 28 and stopped for a few pictures of Blue Mountain Lake.  Continuing north, now on NY 28N/NY 30, we turned onto east NY 28N and then turned left on Tarbell Road.  The Northville-Placid Trail actually follows the road briefly.  We parked in a large pull off parking area just prior to the trail turning into the woods.

We took a hike along the Northville-Placid Trail from Tarbell Road to Catlin Bay on Long Lake.  There are numerous campsites as well as a lean to near the lake that we checked out before heading back to the car.  There was a recent reroute of the NPT that we missed and took the old trail over puncheons in a beaver meadow then over a tricky stream crossing at a damaged bridge.

We continued on our trip and checked out the DEC headquarters for the William Whitney Wilderness on Little Tupper Lake.  We took a short walk from the parking area to the shores of this scenic lake.  Check out the view as you turn off NY 30 onto County Route 10.  Stop and turn looking at the DEC sign with Owls Head Mountain in the background.  Pretty cool.

Our next stop was on NY 30 and a newly built trail up Coney Mountain.  We were expecting a steep bushwhack hike up the mountain, however a trail was built in the summer of 2009 to the open summit.  We found out about the new trail after we arrived.  Missed the announcement of this great looking trail to surprisingly spectacular views from its open summit.  Was there one?

From here we turned off NY 30 on to NY 421 and headed toward Horseshoe Lake.  First it was a stop on the bridge over the Bog River for pictures of the Bog River Falls, then it was on to the lake for pictures and to check out some of the campsites.  Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest is a real nice place and is worth exploring.  We may head back to do a hike to Big Trout Lake sometime.

Back on to NY 30, our next destination was the Fernow Forest Nature Trail in Saranac Lakes Wild Forest after traveling through the village of Tupper Lake.  From there our next scheduled stop was Panther Mountain off NY 3, which I bypassed for another time because I really wanted to do Owls Head off NY 73 in the High peaks region and it was starting to get late.  I also saw the large parking area for Trombley Landing Trail at the corner of NY 3/NY 30 and decided I'd like to check out that trail that goes to a couple of lean tos on the Raquette River sometime.

We did stop at our next scheduled stop to do a hike to Middle Saranac Lake.  There were six cars in the parking area, however they were all for the Ampersand Mountain Trail as we saw no one until we were on our way back.  This is a real busy parking area and usually you can expect to park along NY 3.

Now it was a race, but I didn't speed to the Owl's Head trailhead off NY 73 just south of Cascade Lake.  In fact we were following a school bus from Saranac Lake village almost all the way to a school near the Olympic Village.  We started our hike up Owl's Head at 5:45pm and the sun sank behind Pitchoff Mountain at 6:10pm while we were on the second ledge. 

So we did seven hikes out of the nine we planned.  I also had planned to do Baker Mountain in Saranac Lake, but also scrapped that one.  We did enjoy the drive along NY 73 past Roaring Falls.  For those who enjoy a nice pleasant drive we recommend the Old Military Road off NY 86 on to NY 73.  The views are outstanding.

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