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Buck, Buck, Goose: Three Adirondack Hikes

Buck Mountain Summit

View from Buck Mountain. Photograph courtesy of Flickr user dreamymo

Earlier this summer we featured places named for bear and moose for hiking. The creature focus continues with trips to two bucks and a goose, all of them particularly inviting this time of year.

On the east side of Lake George, Buck Mountain is a great half-day trip with fine views. The trailhead is off Pilot Knob Road, and this family (and leashed-dog) friendly hike is just over six miles round-trip. Bring plenty of water for a summer walk, as well as sunblock and bug dope. You won’t be alone, but the gorgeous lake vista is well worth sharing.

In Onchiota, north of Saranac Lake, Buck Pond is a small state campground with miles of easy hiking on old railroad beds. The trails are flat enough for an all-terrain stroller or hybrid bike and there’s great bird-watching on the edge of Bloomingdale Bog. Near the campground is Six Nations Indian Museum, which describes the Native American connections to this part of the world through outdoor displays, ancient artifacts, legends and political history.

Near Paradox Lake, north of Schroon Lake, is beautiful Goose Pond, with resident loons, nice swimming from a rocky shore and no motorboats. From Crane Pond Road it’s a very short hike to a pristine pond in the 46,000-acre Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness Area.

There are more than 1,000 miles of marked trails in the Adirondack Park, and for 26 pages of hiking destinations you can download trips from the Visit Adirondacks website.

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