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Kayak & Canoe Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Exploring a GHOST TOWN! Henderson Lake, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondacks, Newcomb, NY

Kayak & Canoe Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Exploring a GHOST TOWN! Henderson Lake, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondacks, Newcomb, NY

Henderson Lake located in the High Peaks Wilderness area of Adirondack Park in New York is surprisingly, delightfully wild, considering the fairly easy access!

Hidden in plain sight near a very popular Adirondack High Peaks hiking trail head, we have been alone on Henderson Lake more often than not. It is a definite family favorite hiking, paddling and camping spot we will make time for every year.

Boasting beautiful swimming coves (with BIG rocks to canonball from!) and a fun marsh maze to follow, Henderson Lake in the Adirondacks is a fun, engaging paddle for those with little ones.

On a calm day, the mountains, cliffs and dense vegetation surrounding Henderson Lake reflect so deeply in the glassy water, looking down at them gives you vertigo.

Then there are the VIEWS….WOW! Spectacular views of some of New York state’s tallest mountains, in every direction, from pretty much anywhere on the lake.

The lake is so amazing I nearly forgot to mention…just before parking, you can explore a ‘ghost town’! The remains of the Adirondack mining town of Tahawus can be seen as you near the Upper Works trail head parking lot. Tahawus is part of a very significant event in American Presidential history.

A few details, stats, and photos, then on to the VIDEO!

Henderson Lake, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondacks, New York – About the Paddle: 

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Blog & VIDEO! Bald [Rondaxe] Mountain and Fire Tower: SUPER FUN Winter Tower Challenge Hike!

Blog & VIDEO! Bald [Rondaxe] Mountain and Fire Tower: SUPER FUN Winter Tower Challenge Hike!

MAD FUN HIKE! Bald [a.k.a. Rondaxe] Mountain and fire tower, located in the Fulton Chain Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. In only a mile, you will experience pretty much everything the Adirondacks can throw at you! The best part?!?! The crazy knife-edge ridges near the summit. Only without the two-thousand-foot drops like the mountaineering videos from…Continue Reading

Stillwater Mountain & Fire Tower, Independence River Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

Stillwater Mountain & Fire Tower, Independence River Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

WOW what an incredible payoff for a lovely, EASY walk in the woods! Stillwater Mountain and fire tower in the Independence River Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. I am serious…even if you hate mountain climbing, you’ll love this trail! This is a pleasant outing for all ages and abilities. The best part?!?! With sub-zero…Continue Reading

A Winter Climb of KANE MOUNTAIN and FIRE TOWER-Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

A Winter Climb of KANE MOUNTAIN and FIRE TOWER-Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

Failure to prep, even for a short hike, can take you off the beaten path. This was the case for our climb of Kane Mountain and Fire Tower, located in Shaker Mountain Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. I think we may have spent just as long trying to find the trail as we did…Continue Reading

Phelps Mountain: a Beautiful Adirondack High Peak Winter Hike!

Phelps Mountain: a Beautiful Adirondack High Peak Winter Hike!

Throwback to one of my favorite hikes ever, Phelps Mountain, located in the High Peaks Wilderness area of Adirondack Park in New York. Winter 2010 blessed us with tons of great snow and we got out as much as we could to play in it! We had an opportunity to get away for an overnight at…Continue Reading

Belfry Mountain Winter Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge Hike: Blog & VIDEO!

Belfry Mountain Winter Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge Hike: Blog & VIDEO!

A summit with outstanding Adirondack mountain views…in less than an HOUR? You read that right! Buckle the kids in the car and head on up to Belfry Mountain and fire tower, located in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. The best part?!?! This mountain boasts a fire tower on the summit which offers…Continue Reading

Blog & VIDEO! Blue Mountain Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike, Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

Blog & VIDEO! Blue Mountain Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike, Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

What a most perfectly AMAZING day to climb to the fire Tower on Blue Mountain, located in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. Marshmallow trees and a sugar-frosted tower…one would think nothing could rival the incredible, otherworldly summit experience we had. Not so! This hike gave, and gave, and gave some…Continue Reading

Azure Mountain Fire Tower, Adirondacks, NY: A Lovely Late Winter Day Hike!

Azure Mountain Fire Tower, Adirondacks, NY: A Lovely Late Winter Day Hike!

A perfect late-Winter day for this hike! Azure Mountain Fire Tower, located in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. “Only a mile”. HA! I think it’s the longest mile I’ve ever hiked. This one was definitely more challenging than we expected but well worth the effort! The best part?!?! This hike and…Continue Reading

Goodnow Mountain Blog & Video: An Adirondack Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

Goodnow Mountain Blog & Video: An Adirondack Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

What an amazing Winter hike! Even in the nearly snowless, very icy and treacherous 2015-2016 season, we had perfect trail conditions with a decent snow pack on nearly the entire trail with only a couple icy spots. A wonderful choice for winter climbing beginners – short and sweet with some of the best views of…Continue Reading

Owl’s Head Mountain & Fire Tower, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

Owl’s Head Mountain & Fire Tower, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY. Winter Fire Tower Challenge Hike!

This one felt like cheating, because it was more like late Spring than Winter conditions! Wellllll….except for the summit push, that was ALL Winter, an icy scramble requiring caution AND traction aides, like most of the trails this year. Once we arrived at the summit, we were rewarded for all of the hard work with nearly windless,…Continue Reading

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