Echo Cliffs at Piseco Lake, NY

Echo Cliffs on Panther Mountain are at the end of short, steep, well-worn trail off the West Shore Road on Piseco Lake. The climb offers challenging blowdown, interesting boulders formations, a steep scramble for the summit, and a great view as a reward.

View from Echo Cliffs

We found this hike in Kids on the Trail! published by the Adirondack Mountain Club. It’s another great kid-friendly hike, but again today the book’s vague instructions for reaching the trailhead were frustrating.

With the Eastern Adirondacks off limits due to the effects of tropical storm Irene, we again looked to the west in our new guidebook. After hiking Castle Rock, Neve wanted to climb again for more views. We made the hour long drive over to Piseco Lake.

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Castle Rock at Blue Mountain Lake, NY

Castle Rock rises five hundred feet above the north shore of Blue Mountain Lake in the Central Adirondacks — a jagged peak at the end of a short but steep hike, that starts at the end of Maple Lodge Road.

view of Blue Mountain Lake from Castle Rock

We learned of the Castle Rock hike through Kids on the Trail! — a guidebook recommended in an NYSkiForum thread we posted looking for recommendations on kid-friendly hikes. In our first experience with the book, we found it, for the most part, well organized and easy to use.

Over the last few years, as our now five-year old daughter has gotten more able and interested in hiking, we’ve tried to seek out short rewarding hikes, that would get her excited about walking in the woods.

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Sawyer Mountain, NY: 9/17/10

For our last full day of vacation, we were looking for another kid-friendly hike that we could pull off in half a day. A short drive, to a short walk, with 800 feet of vertical and a nice view — Sawyer Mountain fit the bill.

trail to Sawyer Mountain NY

The DEC trailhead is on the west side of Route 28/30 about 4.5 miles north of Indian Lake. The hiking starts out with a gradual pitch and never really gets steep over the mile or so to the top.

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