It’s Peak Time for Fall Hikes and Paddles
by Niki Kourofsky
The highest spots in the Adirondack Park might be tipping past peak foliage this weekend, but there’s still plenty of fall color out there to enjoy. This week’s foliage report from the I Love NY website predicts gorgeous hues around Old Forge, atop Whiteface and in Keene’s valleys, though you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere in the region that wasn’t breathtakingly beautiful.
If you’d like to join a guided trek, try the Fall Foliage Firetower Hike offered by Newcomb’s Adirondack Interpretive Center on October 5 at 11 a.m. You should register in advance for this four-hour foray up 2,690-foot Goodnow Mountain.
On October 6, St. Regis Canoe Outfitters will lead a paddle along the Bog River, with a short hike up Low’s Ridge for a dramatic view of the river valley and High Peaks. Call (518) 891-1838 for details; folks should sign up for the $99/person outing, which includes lunch, by Friday, October 4.
The Adirondack Mountain Club will lead a trip up Whiteface’s neighboring peak, 4,240-foot Esther, on October 6. The trip is $65 for non-members; call (518) 523-3441 to register. Or, for an easier way to enjoy the view, the Whiteface Memorial Highway stays open until Columbus day.