More to Explore

 
Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be any more, there is. Cycle Adirondacks unique format allows guests to customize their cycling vacation like never before. Since the tour will spend two days in each of our overnight host communities, you have more time to explore. Whether you choose to ride the short or long route on our layover day or choose not to ride at all, we’ve got plenty for you to do.

Check out this incredible list of amazing off-bike activities, but please note that some activities are available to a limited number of people and require pre-registration. 

Activities Pre-Registration

 


Schroon Lake – August 20

Bike-to-hike: Mt. Severence

This popular 2.4 mile roundtrip is a moderate hike and offers a narrow, but highly scenic view of Schroon Lake and the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. This trip will be guided by WCS staff.
Departure: 2 p.m. by bike from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Distance from Camp: 1.7 miles to trailhead
Pre-Registration Required: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

Hoppy Trails Brew Bus

This three hour bus tour includes stops at Paradox Brewery & Adirondack Brewery before returning to the Good Nature Farm Brewery beer garden for a special tasting. A $45 fee per person collected at the bus includes a tour at each location, samples & snacks along the route.
Departure: 2 p.m. by bus from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Capacity: 14 (Age 21 and over)
Cost: $45/person
Pre-Registration Required: Yes

Boat Rental

If you have some time to get out on the water on the front or back end of Cycle Adirondacks, Schroon Lake Marina is the place. Pontoons, ski boats, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddle boards, they’ve got ’em.
Distance from Camp: .7 miles
Capacity: Varies by rental
Cost: Varies by rental
Pre-Registration Required: Call ahead

Swimming

The Schroon Lake public beach is just a short walk from Cycle Adirondacks Camp. Jump in, the water’s fine.
Distance from Camp: .3 miles
Pre-Registration Required: No


Keene Valley – August 22

guided hike: Roostercomb

Views from the summit ledge and Valley View Ledge complete a 360 degree panorama of Mt. Marcy and the Johns Brook Valley plus Giant Mt. and the Ausable Valley. This is a strenuous five mile round trip hike. Adequate footwear and hiking experience is necessary. Hike will be guided by WCS and Nature Conservancy staff.
Departure: 2 p.m. walk from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Distance from Camp: Trailhead starts at camp
Pre-Registration Required: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

Whiteface Mountain: Veteran’s Memorial Highway Hill Climb

OK, so this one is an on-bike activity, but it’s well worth the work. Pedal 11 miles over an 8 percent grade up Whiteface Mountain’s scenic Veteran’s Memorial Highway. Whiteface Mountain is New York’s fifth highest peak with 360 degree panoramic views of the Adirondacks, New England, and Montreal. View the route at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23244485.
Departure: 8:30 a.m. by bus from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Capacity: 22 
Cost: $15/person
Pre-Registration Required: Yes

bike-to-swim

Local, casual, guided ride to multiple swimming spots in the Ausable River watershed.
Departure: 2 p.m. walk from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Distance from Camp: TBD
Capacity: 10
Pre-Registration Required: Yes

Swimming

Just a short walk from Cycle Adirondacks Camp is the pristine Ausable River.
Distance from Camp: .4 miles
Pre-Registration Required: No


Saranac Lake – August 24

Museum & Brewery Bus tour

Start your day at The Wild Center and finish it with a tour of Big Tupper Brewing & Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake. A $15 per person fee will give you access to The Wild Center. Beer tastings will also have a small fee. Bus will return to camp in mid afternoon.
Departure: 9:30 a.m. from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Capacity: 24
Pre-Registration Required: Yes

BOG WALK

Experience a guided tour of Bloomingdale Bog, located just outside Saranac Lake. There is very little elevation change on this hike, making it ideal for the entire family. Bloomingdale Bog is one of the largest bogs in the Adirondacks and it’s home to many species of wild birds like the very social gray jays who often steal food right out of your hand! The hike will be approximately 2 miles round trip. Sunblock and adequate shoes are required. 
Departure: 9:00 a.m. shuttle from Cycle Adirondacks Camp.
Distance from camp: 3.2 miles
Capacity: 12 people 
Pre-Registration Required: Yes

Guided canoe/kayak experience

Join Paul Smith’s College VIC Naturalists and WCS for a guided paddle on Barnum Pond via Barnum Brook. This two-hour program starts with a brief walk to the dock and includes at least one hour on the water. This is a great activity for both novice and experienced paddlers. The boat, life vest, and paddle are all provided.
Departure: 2 p.m. by van from Cycle Adirondacks Camp
Pre-Registration Required: THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

historic saranac lake laboratory museum 

The Saranac Laboratory Museum is open 10-4 and features a new Roaring Twenties exhibit. The John Black Room exhibit explores the decade through the context of a grand hotel of the era and celebrates the upcoming reopening of the restored Hotel Saranac.  Admission is $5, members and children are free of charge. Visitors typically spend 30 minutes to one hour exploring the museum. Exhibits are self-guided, however staff is always on hand to help guide visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions.
Distance from Camp: .5 miles 
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

Hike a saranac lake 6er 

At 1.8 miles round trip, Baker Mountain also referred to as Mount Baker, depending on who you ask, is one of the most popular family hikes in the region. Starting from the north end of Moody Pond you will start climbing almost immediately. The trail is a bit steep but offers great views as you ascend further. At 0.6 miles from the trailhead, an intersection offers part of an upper mountain loop. Left is a less aggressive climb and avoids the steep ledges that can be found if you head right. Both finish at the summit of Baker. The loop makes for a great hike option. The summit offers great views over the Village of Saranac Lake, the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area and toward the High Peaks Region. Be sure you are on the marked trail when you leave.
Distance from Camp: 1.6 miles to trailhead
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

ride the adirondack carousel 

In 1999-2000, local Saranac Lake wood carver Karen Loffler, while working on a master’s degree in creative studies, came across an article in a woodcarving magazine that showed a small children’s carousel fitted with woodland animals. The combination of a creative approach to problem solving, her love of woodcarving, and a desire to foster imagination and strengthen her local community, inspired Karen’s dream. The result: the Adirondack Carousel is now complete in Saranac Lake with hand-carved figures of animals indigenous to the Adirondacks.
Distance from Camp: .5 miles 
Pre-Registration Required: 
No 


Activities Pre-Registration