Lake George Hike-A-Thon 2016

Lake George Hike-A-ThonThis year I got the chance to take part in the Lake George Hike-A-Thon. An event put on by The Lake George Land Conservancy to showcase their parks and preserves. Hiking groups climb different LGLC trails to promote a healthy, active, and outdoor lifestyle. For my hike, I chose Cook Mountain in Ticonderoga and my friends Pam and Mark joined me.

We arrived at the trailhead around 8:00am, got signed in and met the rest of the group who would be hiking with us. Hiking in a large group was not typical for me but I looked forward to meeting fellow hikers.

Around 8:30am the group begin the hike. The hike to the summit is a pretty straightforward ~1.4 mile hike. This gave us ample time to learn more about the people we were hiking with. A few couples, a family with three kids and even a man from Germany who is now a chef in Lake George.

View from Cook MountainAlthough a short hike, the trail up Cook Mountain is a touch steep.  It’s not difficult to follow although there is one junction. Both trails actually meet up at the exact same place.

The summit has two different lookouts. The left looks over Ticonderoga and the right looks South on Lake George. We chose the right lookout first and then circled around back to the left lookout.

At 10:30am, the group gathered at a small clearing and discussed which formation we wanted to do. We decided to do a smiley face and got into formation. A few minutes later Carl Heilman flew over in a helicopter and took a bunch of photos of us. It was an amazing experience. The Lake George Hike-A-Thon was a great success!

After the picture, we gathered our things and began the hike down. Still chatting and getting to know some of the people in the group. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a day off. The LGLC does an amazing job with the maintenance and enhancements of their properties. It was great to be able to support them and what they do. We made new friends and are already thinking about next years Lake George Hike-A-Thon.

I wasn’t sure about any copyright issues so I didn’t post Carl Heilman’s photo of us on this page. If you would like to see it (and others from the event), you can go to his site where he has a photo gallery.

Photos from the Lake George Hike-A-Thon

Jonathan Volks

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Jonathan Volks is currently a Web Programmer at Skidmore College in Upstate New York. Where he maintains Skidmore's main website and builds custom web applications to support Marketing and Communications needs. In his free time, Jonathan likes to travel to the Adirondacks and hike along the thousands of miles of trails the park has to offer. He has completed the Fire Tower Challenge (30/30) and is currently working on the Saranac Lake 6er (2/6) and the 46 High Peaks (12/46).