Day Hike & Birding with Joan Collins- Low’s Ridge

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Birding Hike with Joan Collins

7am. Meet at Geiger Arena. Join Joan Collins for a walk into beautiful Hitchins Pond and the Upper Dam on the Bog River.  Common Loons nest on Hitchins Pond each year.  Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons are also a common sight.  The route is an old dirt road that passes through many lovely and varied habitat areas including a boreal bog, marsh, mixed forest, and ponds/lakes.  After the 2.5 mile walk on level terrain to Hitchins Pond, there will be a food break at a scenic picnic area.  Participants may order lunch from the Adirondack Trading Post.  Lunch menus will be provided before departure.  Order and enjoy a warm Panini delivered picnic side via guide boat!  There will be an optional 2 mile round trip hike up Low’s Ridge featuring spectacular views of the Bog River Valley and High Peaks.  The round trip distance is 5 miles, or 7 miles if the hike up Low’s Ridge is added.  Bring food (lunch can be ordered at departure), water, a jacket, appropriate attire/hiking shoes, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, and insect spray.  Meet at the Geiger Arena parking area in Long Lake at 7 a.m. for transportation to the trailhead on Long Lake’s “Little Bus”!  (If you are traveling from the north, the bus can meet you at a more convenient location.) There is an outhouse at Hitchins Pond and a restroom at the Geiger Arena meeting location.  

Register by calling the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 518-624-3077.  This field trip is jointly sponsored by Northern New York Audubon and the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.  There is a maximum of 15 participants.

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