The Stoner Lakes

The Adirondacks 


“For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness.” -Bob Marshall

Iain Walker and Reggie at Little Moose Pond, February 2008

Hiking/Backpacking and camping are with out a doubt my biggest hobbies.  Despite growing up in the area, it wasn't until about eight years ago that I started to realize just how many remote lakes and ponds there are in the immediate area.  I grew up doing the usual hikes at Nine Corner, Good Luck, Broomstick, Jockeybush, Kane Mountain, etc.  In 2000, I started hiking, camping, and fishing along the Lake Placid Northville Trail (LPNT) and after looking at various trail guides, books, and maps, I was really shocked at how many lakes there are in the area with absolutely no marked, trailhead access or which are just that much further into the woods that limits the foot traffic.  This, coupled with fish stocking data I began to collect from the New York State DEC, really sparked my interest in exploring areas not typically seen by the average hiker.  I invested in a a GPS and it's pretty easy to get coordinates of any body of water off the internet.  Below are some of my favorite hikes in the area, some a bit longer and more difficult than others.  These are the ones that I'll share anyway!  If you want more details about any of these hikes, send me an e-mail.

Third Lake

Brown Lake

Clockmill Pond

Spectacle Lake

Bushwhack - Brook Trout fishing