These fun and informative outings are a great way to learn some local history and discover new trails and ways to take advantage of them. Tours are led by our very own, and much loved Patrick Murray. Below you will find our general schedule of tours, you can expect this schedule most weekend throughout the late spring and summer with some minor changes. The Outdoor Center homepage is updated each Thursday afternoon with events and information for the upcoming weekend.
HIKING AND KAYAK TOURS | Cost: Free for guests and non-guests
Saturday 10:00 am
Hooper Mine—1.5 hours—Intermediate
Meets at the Outdoor Center. Discover the history of abandoned Hooper mine, adjacent to the Garnet Hill property, and learn about the connections between the mine and Garnet Hill Lodge. Along the way, you can expect to see the ruins of miners’ shacks, garnet stone within the rocks and boulders of the old mine, and plenty of Adirondack wildlife.
Saturday 1:00 pm
Kayak Tour—2 hours—Intermediate
Meets at the Outdoor Center. This adventure will take hikers onto the beautiful 13th lake for fun on the water and this beautiful, natural habitat. Learn about the loons, beavers and other wildlife that call our lake home.
Sunday at 10:00 am
Hooper Loop—2.5 Hours—Intermediate
Meets at the Outdoor Center. This easy, laid back hike is filled with information on the mine and it’s connection to our historic lodge. We will walk from the Ski Shop up to the rim of Hooper Mine, where we will be able to look down into the pit of the old mine. From there, we will continue on to William Blake Pond. Technically, this body of water is not a real pond and was originally the result of the stream being dammed for mining. Nevertheless, it makes a great stop on our morning hike as it is a beautiful Adirondack pond and home to plenty of wildlife, including deer and a beaver.
Subject to change based on weather and conditions. Contact the Front Desk at 518-251-2444 or the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150.