Distance: 9 miles round trip
This route can be combined with the Friends Lake Tour
Park at Dynamite Hill, the Town of Chester Recreation Area. Start heading west on Route 8 (take a right from Dynamite Hill) past the Lincoln Logs facility, the original! Then you will see Mill Pond on your left. Continue on for two miles, then turn right onto White Schoolhouse Road, along which you may notice a large section of blow-downs from the 1995 wind storm that hit the Adirondacks. At Route 9 you will take a sharp left and will soon be riding along scenic Loon Lake. At the intersection of Route 9 and 8, take a left onto Route 8 and head past O.P. Fredericks, a great local restaurant and pub, then to the Loon Lake beach. There you can take a break; swim or just enjoy the view. It’s only a two-mile leg back to Dynamite Hill, though there is often a bit of a head wind in this section.
Distance: 10 miles round trip
Park at Dynamite Hill, the Town of Chester Recreation Area. Start heading west on Route 8 (take a right from Dynamite Hill) past the Lincoln Logs facility, the original! Then you will see Mill Pond on your left. Continue on for two miles, then turn left onto Friends Lake Road. After a mile, you will see a fork in the road, stay left on Atateka Drive and soon you’ll have views of Friends Lake on your right. At the Circle B Ranch, you’ll start heading uphill (fairly steep but short) and then look for Friends Lake Road, a sharp right. Start to circle the lake and you will pass the famed Friends Lake Inn, a wonderful full-service lodging, with a great lunch. Continue on Friends Lake Road and turn right on Route 8 heading back toward Chestertown.
Dynamite Hill offers daytime and evening skiing complete with snowmaking and a lighted rope tow with handles. This free ski area is ideal for families and those who are beginning skiing. Snowboards and sleds are also allowed. Located at Dynamite Hill Rd. off Route 8, Chestertown. Open weekends and weekdays when school is not in session.
Explore the 2.6 miles of nature trails during all four seasons. Open for snowshoeing and x-country skiing in the winter and hiking, picnicking or single track bicycling during the summer. Parking is available either at Dynamite hill or off of Landon Hill Road. These trails are also part of the Chester Challenge.
Home of the largest cave entrance in the east, explore over 14 miles of well marked snowshoe trails that include view on top and below the stone bridge. Other trails include walks along Trout Brook, around a massive sink hole, next to ledges and scenic mountain top views – including a 360 view of the high peaks, schroon lake and gore mountain.
Located just 15 minutes away in North Creek, Gore Mountain offers alpine, cross-country and backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter, and mountain biking and scenic gondola rides in the summer. With 79 trails, 11 lifts and a 2,100-foot vertical drop, Gore has the greatest vertical within a four-hour drive of metropolitan New York.
At 2,000 feet elevation, Garnet Hill gets plenty of snow and offers over 55km of groomed trails with set tracks and skating lanes. Everything you need is located here including: Complete ski shop – rentals, sales, & repairs, PSIA certified ski school with lessons daily, Kids! ski program on weekends and holiday weeks, unique “ski down – ride back” shuttle bus – the longest ski lift around, full moon night skiing, and the ski center, lodge and restaurant open daily