As I prepare to wrap up this series I will be providing at least one or perhaps even a second reflective post after tomorrow's trail. (It depends how long winded I get.) I will also keep sharing trails as long as folks submit them. I have a few already and welcome more.
In sharing tonight's trail I want to make one thing clear. I am an avid sportsman. I love to hunt and fish as well as all the other outdoor activities I pursue. Whatever trails we might end up building and using we must take into account the hunting seasons and the sportsmen and women who have been using these lands for over a century. I think virtually all outdoor recreation pursuits are compatible if common sense prevails. We need to make sure common sense prevails as we develop a trail system for our community.
I have had so much interest in this series I thought I would encourage people to submit what trail they think should be built. Let's keep this conversation going and, if you would like, share a trail in the Saranac Lake area that you think might be appropriate for one or more outdoor recreation uses. Once I have completed posting my ten trails I will start posting trails submitted that I think are appropriate. You can make your submissions by sending them to me HERE. Let me hear from you.
Trail #9 - Lower Saranac Lake Trail
This is probably the most ambitious trail I am suggesting but as with all the trails it has so much potential. It could provide a relatively easy overnight backpacking trip. It could provide campers on the shore of Lower Saranac Lake with a way to get out of camp and get some exercise. It allows travelers to hike into the upper locks and see the locks in action without having to use a boat. It would be a great ski trip. I have skied most of this route (breaking a couple of bones in my right hand one winter many years ago while three miles from the nearest road.) It would make a great mountain bike trail. I have hunted this region for many years. A portion of the route follows an existing hunter's trail from the lake to the Forest Home Road.
9. Lower Saranac Lake Trail
From the Route 3 State Bridge boat launch parking lot around the south end of Lower Saranac Lake crossing the river at the upper locks then proceeding around and eventually heading north to the Forest Home Road.
~ 9 miles
This is Wild Forest so could be multipurpose year around trail although for a number of reasons it might not be practical for snowmobiles. It follows a number of existing hunting trails and even a portion of an old snowmobile trail. The main challenge would be building a bridge across the Saranac River near the upper locks. The State Bridge on Route 3 has great potential as a trailhead since a parking lot already exists.