August 12, 2012

Adirondack hiking guide released

LAKE GEORGE — The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has released the fourth edition of “Adirondack Mountain Club Eastern Trails,” a complete guidebook to trails in the Pharaoh Lakes region, the Lake George area and trails north and east of the Great Sacandaga Lake.

This completely revised and updated guide includes popular trails up Buck, Black and Tongue mountains, as well as Crane and Hadley mountains. It is designed to be used with the new edition of National Geographic’s “Trails Illustrated Map 743: Lake George/Great Sacandaga.” The guidebook may be purchased alone or as a discounted package with the map.

Guidebook editor David Thomas-Train, who also edited the previous edition, has added numerous new trails, including popular hikes up Cat and Thomas mountains and the trails into Berry Pond. As always, each ADK guide supplies complete information on rules and regulations, how to find the trailhead, where to park, mileages, elevation gains and heights, and all essential navigational information. Each trail is keyed to indicate its location on “Trails Illustrated Map 743.”

“Eastern Trails” is volume two in ADK’s new “Forest Preserve Series” of guidebooks covering the Adirondacks and Catskills. Volume one is “High Peaks Trails”; volume three is “Central Trails”; volume four is “Western Trails”; volume five is the “Northville-Placid Trail”; and volume six is “Catskill Trails.” The new High Peaks guide, edited by Tony Goodwin, will be available in late August, with other new editions coming later in 2012.

ADK has worked closely with National Geographic to update its five-map “Trails Illustrated Map” series, which covers the entire Adirondack Park. ADK staff and guidebook editors supplied updated trail and terrain information and proofed and reviewed every map to provide the best and most up-to-date outdoor recreational information. Maps include hiking trails, boat put-ins and launches, parking areas, trail distances, appropriate use information (including ski and snowshoe trails), and latitude/longitude and UTM grids for use with a GPS navigation device. The maps are large-format, two-sided and completely waterproof.

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