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Cascade Lake Backpacking
Sat, Jun 30 • 9:00 AM

CHANGE IN PLANS!

DUE TO A VERY HOT WEATHER FORECAST, WE ARE ADJUSTING OUR PLANS AND SEEKING OUT A CAMPSITE THAT REQUIRES A SHORTER HIKE AND OFFERS GOOD SWIMMING

Cascade Lake near Eagle Bay was once the site of a girls camp with tennis courts and cabins. Now it is a wilderness retreat, relatively easy to reach and fun to explore. A well-used trail encircles the lake, leading to the eponymous waterfall at the far end of the lake. Even better for our purposes, there are two good campsites on the north shore with excellent swimming potential!

Join me for a weekend of backpacking at this wild place. We will start on Big Moose Road and follow the old bridle path to the lake, hiking a total of 2 miles to a campsite that is partly shady, partly sunny. Given the very warm forecast, we will have the option to park ourselves here and enjoy the peaceful setting. If we feel more ambitious, there are some side trails and one interesting bushwhack to consider.

Can you tolerate a few mosquitoes? Do you need some quality time spent next to a campfire? Since this is the beginning of a popular vacation week, we probably won't have the woods to ourselves. But we should have a fine time in the woods regardless!

Photo: Campsite at Cascade Lake

 

Photo: The cascade near Cascade Lake

 

Hiking Distance: 2 miles one-way by trail to the lake, with an additional 1 mile to see the cascade.

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Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer event, you agree to assume full responsibility for the personal safety and well being of yourself and your guests.

Seasonal Conditions: Summer is here! Expect to encounter a few bugs in addition to sun and warm weather. Don't be surprised if the nights are a little cool.

What to Bring:

  • Tent & sleeping bag
  • Backpack
  • Water filer or purification
  • Stove & cookware
  • Food for 2 days and 1 night
  • Warm clothing for nighttime
  • Swim wear for those who are so inclined

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Pigeon Lake Wilderness

Hamilton / Herkimer Counties

 
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