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June 16, 2013

Saranac Lake's new mountain challenge

Saranac Lake creates 6er group for hikers

SARANAC LAKE — A bell in Berkeley Green tolls for adventure. Some- times in the rain, sometimes in the snow.

But this summer, it may ring in sunny succession by folks taking on a new outdoor mountain challenge: The Saranac Lake 6er.

The tony bell signals an addition to the list of hiking achievements in the Adirondacks: to summit all six mountains that surround the village here.

It’s an ongoing pursuit launched this summer by local recreation enthusiasts and a team of village officials, including Kareen Tyler, village clerk; Jeremy Evans, Saranac Lake community development director; Kelly Brunette, Evans’s associate; and Clyde Rabideau, village mayor.

FOREVER 6ERS

The hiking event will continue in perpetuity, Evans said.

“It’s an individual challenge that has opened to a wide swath of the population and gained a lot of interest from locals who haven’t really gotten into hiking. Part of the hope is that people from out-of-town will come to do this and discover all that Saranac Lake has to offer.”

Over time, just like the well-known Adirondack 46ers, it’s hoped that the list of 6ers will grow and then cross generations.

Climbers can register at the sign-in on Berkeley Green off Main Street and then check off the six peaks in any order they wish — Haystack, McKenzie, Scarface, Baker, St. Regis and Ampersand mountains — earning a place on the roster, a patch, a numbered certificate and a 6er sticker.

The bell nearby is to ring when the feat is finished.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY

The circle of six mountains close to Saranac Lake have summits below the famed Adirondack 46 mountain peaks over 4,000 feet. They have well-marked trails within about 8 miles of the village.

Some have steep sections that might prove challenging for smaller children’s legs.

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