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Backpacker Magazine – September 2012

From the Field: East

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart

Table Rock (Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Table Rock (Pat and Chuck Blackley)
Look for Loons on Chase Lake (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Look for Loons on Chase Lake (Tom and Pat Leeson)

Chase Lake Trail, Adirondack Forest Preserve, NY
Winnie Yu, Voorheesville, NY

Leave the peakbaggers behind on this six-mile out-and-back to a secluded lake in the shadow of 2,496-foot Pinnacle Mountain. “Even on a Sunday,” Yu says, “we saw no one.” From the trailhead, listen for barred owls as you tunnel through a low fern understory; continue through hemlock forest to a stream crossing at mile 2.4. From Chase Lake’s north shore at mile three, scan the water for the area’s iconic black-and-white speckled loons. Trip ID 1227476

“Eat lunch at the log lean-to with lake views at mile three.”




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