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Description - Essex County/ Lake Placid encompasses thousands of acres of wilderness teaming with glistening lakes that support a myriad of game fish including rainbow trout and northern pike. Hunters and nature photographers enjoy the bounty of resident wildlife, waterfowl and migrating birds. Layered mountain peaks offer sights of towering pine, birch, cedar and maple bisected by the clear flow of streams and lakes. Quaint villages are a respite from the rugged trails, sheer rock cliffs and thrashing rivers. Outdoor recreation abounds year-round for every taste, age and ability. Eight public campgrounds offer sites ranging from primitive to developed all within view of the sweeping wilderness peaks. Featured areas include McKenzie Mountain, Giant Mountain Wilderness, Hoffman Notch Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Dix Mountain Wilderness and a portion of High Peaks Wilderness.

Attractions - Its rugged terrain dotted with pristine waters offering endless recreation pursuits limited only by one's imagination characterizes Essex County/ Lake Placid. The area is lush with towering pine, birch, cedar and maple. Quaint shops featuring locals' crafts or country dining offer a break from the windswept mountain peaks where hikers, rock climbers and mountain bikers challenge nature. Sweeping wilderness peaks and valley lakes and streams open a myriad of outdoor chases. Featured areas include McKenzie Mountain, Giant Mountain Wilderness, Hoffman Notch Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Dix Mountain Wilderness and a portion of High Peaks Wilderness.

Recreation - Recreation abounds in the Essex County / Lake Placid Region of New York. Residents and visitors alike enjoy summer bobsled rides, summer ice skating, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, bicycle touring, hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, sailing, rock climbing, windsurfing, in-line skating, fishing, swimming, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Summer events in the High Peaks Region include Adirondack Open Golf Tournament, Lake Placid Film Festival, William Hanmer Guideboat Race, ESPN Great Outdoor Games, Adirondack 90-mile Canoe Race and much, much more. Annual celebrations in Whiteface Region include Whiteface Mountain Guts & Gear Mountain Bike Challenge, Native American Festival, Whiteface Mt. Oktoberfest and more. Lake Champlain's regional events include International Fishing Derby, Grand Encampment of the French & Indian War at Fort Ticonderoga, Essex Maritime Festival, Penfield Museum Heritage Day, Annual Field-Forest & Stream Day and much more. The Schroon Lake Region has annual events that include the Teddy Roosevelt Weekend, Annual Adirondack Marathon around Schroon Lake, Minerva Day, Annual Fishing Derby and more.

Climate - The Adirondacks has a varied climate with average January temperatures from below 14 degrees reaching to 18 Fahrenheit (below -10 to -8 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). There are fewer than 100 days of frost-free growing season in the Adirondacks. Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The southwestern slopes of the Adirondacks, Tug Hill in particular, receives more than 44 inches.

Location - Essex County / Lake Placid rests along the eastern border of the Adirondack Forest Preserve between Clinton County and Warren County.

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Filed By: George (Skaneateles , NY)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Siamese Ponds Wildnerness. Went in 5/2/03 from Elleventh Mountain trailhead off Route 8. Saw a lot more people than we had expected. Trail easy the 4 miles to Sacandaga Lean-To, gets tougher once you cross the bridge at the lean-to. Appeared moderate bushwack necessary to get to upper pond. Several large groups up their kind of spoiled what we thought we be a real "remote" experience.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I love the High Peaks!!

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Essex County , , , , Phone: 518-597-4646

Additional Information:
Adirondack Forest Preserve - The Adirondack Mountains of northeastern New York are home to the 6-million acre Adirondack Park, a patchwork of public and private lands protected under state law. More than 2.6 million acres within the park are owned and managed by the state. There are 16 wilderness areas with
a total area of about 1 million acres. About 1.3 million acres of Forest Preserve land are classified as Wild Forest and approximately 2 dozen Primitive Areas total 51,000 acres.

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