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May 2005

Epicenter: The Scene In North Creek, New York

Hike, climb and fish the wild Adirondacks

©Bob Grabowski

View from Peaked Mountain.

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» Café Sarah serves baked goods, yummy sandwiches, and fresh-roasted coffee. Locals dig the mozzarella and pesto on ciabatta bread. (518) 251-5959

» Trapper’s Tavern, the sweaty-hiker part of the elegant Copperfield Inn, re-creates the feel of the region circa 1720 with log walls and antler chandeliers. Trapper’s Stew and draft beer replace the calories you cooked on the trail.


» Camp anywhere within the Siamese Ponds Wilderness that lies 150 feet from water, trail, or road (unless it’s a designated site). Permits are required only for camping for three-plus nights at the same site.

» Goose Pond Inn is the prototypical Adirondack

B&B, set in a 100-year-old house. Start your day with brandied French toast and sautéed apples. Rates start at $85 for a double.


Best dayhike Right off the main drag, Schaefer Trail rises 2.5 miles through mature hardwood forest and past house-sized glacial erratics to Burnt Ridge. Take in the High Peaks to the north, then follow the ridge 2 miles to Gore Mountain’s 3,583-foot summit.

Best river running The Hudson Gorge is a 16-mile mosh of near-continuous Class III and IV whitewater. April is high season, but water releases keep rafts running into autumn. Hudson River Rafting ( has guides and free camping.

Gear up

Pete Burns’ Beaver Brook Outfitters in nearby Wevertown leads fly-fishing, caving, and paddling trips (among others), sells gear, and dispenses local wisdom on nearby adventures.

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