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Backpacker Magazine – March 2014

Trail Mix: East

Perfect Days, Bring Your: Sweet Tooth and Hear This Now.

by: Sarah Stewart

(Brian Lasenby/iStockphoto.com) Peeper among first frogs calling each spring
(Brian Lasenby/iStockphoto.com) Peeper among first frogs calling each spring

Bring Your: Sweet Tooth 

Maple Madness, Lake George, NY

This southern Adirondacks area is famous for its rich, amber-hued maple syrup. Snag a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s made—plus a mid-hike treat—on a 3-mile loop (or snowshoe). Take off on the level Base Loop Trail at Up Yonda Farm on a Saturday during “Maple Madness”—the region’s annual March celebration. At .5 mile, visit the Sugar House, a 340-square-foot log cabin where Up Yonda employees boil the sap to syrupy thickness in a 2-by-3-foot, stainless-steel evaporator pan. Slurp down a sample of the finished product, then veer west to connect the Sugar, Base Loop, and Green Trails .4 mile to the 1-mile Summit Trail Extension. At the farm’s high point, glimpse Lake George, framed by blue-green Adirondack peaks. Descend .8 mile across a meadow to return. Contact (518) 644-9767; 





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