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Hike Pilot Knob Ridge Preserve

CANCELLING TODAY... WEATHER is too iffy for this hike. (possible thundershowers, rain, cool weather)we will try again when the weather is nicer.


 After more than a decade of planning and negotiation, the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob was added to the list of protected lands within the Lake George basin in August 2000.  Originally, this parcel was illegally cleared, and a house and mile-long driveway were constructed.  The five-acre house lot became a focal point throughout the south basin and around the lake because it disrupted the unbroken wilderness of the Pilot Knob range.  Further proposed development would have greatly changed the quality and character of the entire basin.  Clearly visible from nearly any point in the southern half of Lake George, the house and its outlying buildings scarred the once-pristine ridgeline and galvanized support for conservation.  The property was subsequently confiscated by authorities and resold to the Zug family who stewarded the land for over ten years.

A trail marked with orange disks climbs from the parking lot to a lookout and gazebo.  Ascent from the parking lot to the gazebo is around 620 ft.  Behind and to the east of the gazebo a trail marked with blue disks crosses a small boardwalk and on an old woods road leads through hemlocks and grassy oak meadows.  Heading uphill the trail leads to the top of a waterfall.  After exploring the waterfall the blue trails leads back to the gazebo.  From the gazebo a gravel and asphalt road can be followed back to the trailhead / parking lot.

The combined orange marked and blue marked trails cover 2.2 miles.  This hike should be completed in 4 hours. 

Minimum age is 8 (8-15 yrs must have a participating adult with them, 16-17 yrs must have a parent/guardian sign participant agreement but do not need to attend)

• Wear appropriate hiking clothing.  Please be dressed for the weather (layers and no cotton)

• wear appropriate hiking footwear

• microspikes are recommended for this shoulder season... may be ice

• please bring water, snacks and any personal medicines you may need as well as sunscreen, sunglasses, rain gear and day pack

•camera and/or binoculars, if you have them

Dogs are not permitted at any of this group's outings.

If you have any trouble finding us, my cell is[masked], feel free to call or text if you have any questions.   Cell phone coverage may be spotty in this area.

Hope you can join Carl and I for this hike.

Directions:  From I-87 (Northway) take Exit 20 (below all the outlet stores) go past all the outlets and turn right onto Route 149.  Continue on Rt 149 until you reach Route 9L (Ridge Road). There is a Stewart’s store at this intersection.  At the light turn left onto Ridge Road (Rt. 9L).  Go north for 4.7 miles taking a right onto Pilot Knob Road.  The parking lot is on the right after .7 miles.

***NOTICE*** If your plans change please change your rsvp in advance to give someone from the waiting list a fair chance to attend the event. Please be considerate in regards to your attendance and rsvp's.

Thank you!

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  • Esther

    Sorry Dorothy.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • James I.

    I have room if anyone needs a ride. I am leaving my house at 8 AM sharp. Call me if you need a ride.
    Jim Israel, 12 Meadowlark Dr., Latham[masked]

    April 25, 2014

  • Rose B.

    Sorry, but I am unable to attend! Have fun!

    April 25, 2014

  • Terri

    I was just checking this hike out to make sure it wasn't too difficult for me and found this site: http://www.lakegeorge.com/hiking/pilot-knob.cfm
    Sounds doable and worth the effort!

    April 21, 2014

  • Dorothy

    Hi Everyone....Carl and I pre-hiked Pilot Kob on Friday. You will not need spikes or snowshoes. There were only 2 places with a little ice on the trail but you can walk around it. It was muddy though... if you have gaiters bring them. The elevation gain is about 620 feet to the gazebo, but it is straight up... we will take frequent breaks. The views are spectacular, so bring your camera.

    We will also be hiking to the waterfalls and having lunch there. The hike will take about 3 to 3.5 hours including a break for lunch.

    The parking is very limited, carpool is you can.

    The only bathroom break is at the intersection of Route 149 and Route 9L at the Stewart's Store.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Joe H.

    Terri & Janet
    Saw Dorothy at the Star Watch last night. She says we don't need quite so long as I thought to get to Pilot's Knob. Let's move the meeting at Colonie Center to 8:15. If you want to have a coffee or such on board, you're welcome to do so, but please bring it with you. We'll have a restroom break close to Lake George at a Stewarts. Dorothy warned this is the last available chance before the hike. Terri: Can we have your cell #? Joe

    April 19, 2014

    • Terri

      8:15 is no problem. You can reach me at 421-2365. See you next week.

      April 19, 2014

    • Janet B.

      got the update -- thx

      April 19, 2014

  • Janet B.

    Thanks very much -- I'm in -- my cell is[masked] and I have 2005 Tan Toyota Corolla...

    April 17, 2014

  • Joe H.

    Hi, Janet and Terri
    Looks like it will take well over an hour --- close to two hours --- to get there from Colonie Center. Let's meet at 8:00 and be on the road by 8:05. I'll be in a silver Lexus sedan parked as close as possible to the LL Bean entrance (Wolf Road side). My cell is[masked], should there be a problem.
    Joe

    April 16, 2014

    • Terri

      Joe, that works for me. I'll be in an older white subaru wagon.

      April 17, 2014

  • Joe H.

    How about the LL Bean (Colonie Center) parking lot? Let's wait a few days before being more specific. I'd like to invite another passenger, if anyone is interested.

    April 15, 2014

    • Terri

      LL Bean is a good idea. Just let me know what time to be there. Thanks!

      April 16, 2014

  • Janet B.

    Hey -- I'd like to carpool if there is still a spot --
    LL Bean parking lot works for me....I'll keep watching this board for specifics....

    April 15, 2014

  • Joe H.

    Terri
    Carpooling makes sense. Where are you coming from? I live in Delmar and would be happy to pick up someone on the way.
    Joe

    April 14, 2014

    • Terri

      I'm coming from Wynantskill in North Greenbush. Is there a convenient spot to meet on your side of the river?

      April 15, 2014

  • Terri

    Anyone interested in carpooling? Not sure I trust my car going long distances.

    April 14, 2014

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