With the bright lights and attractions of NYC hogging the spotlight, New York state’s outdoors gems sometimes get overlooked. If you’re looking to fill up your weekend adventure queue, StorQuest has your back. Here are four hidden gems to discover in our scenic state.
Avalanche Pass & Avalanche Lake Trail
Looking for a challenging hike with a stunning payoff? Then give the grueling Avalanche Pass hike in the Adirondacks a go. This 12-mile out-and-back trek near Lake Placid features more than 1,300 feet in elevation gain and serves up unreal high alpine views. Towering rock faces. Epic Adirondacks' peaks. Endless trees. This hike is worth the effort in every way imaginable.
Selkirk Shores State Park
Cast a fishing line. Kayak Lake Ontario or the Salmon River, one of its tributaries. Hike any of a number of trails. Embark on a geocache expedition. Camp under the stars. Take advantage of a late-spring storm and go cross-country skiing. You’ll find awesome in a variety of forms at scenic Selkirk Shores in Upstate New York. Even if you want only to kick back and take in the epic views, you’ll find few better destinations than this hidden gem of a state park.
Sundown Wild Forest
This 30,100-acre swath of forestland in the southeast Catskill Mountains. Whether you’re looking to test your legs with a challenging hike, tangle with trout along scenic streams, hit the trail for a snowmobiling adventure, or simply immerse yourself in stunning 360 views, Sundown delivers. A number of campgrounds are strewn about the forest, any of which would make the ultimate home base for an adventure-filled weekend.
Tupper Lake Triad
This one is actually three hikes in one. While they aren’t the most grueling around, this three-peak hiking challenge offers some killer views in the heart of the Adirondacks. To complete the feat, you must climb Mount Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodman Mountain – all topping out at more than 2,000 feet and all near Tupper Lake. Don’t worry. You don’t have to do them all at once. Spread them out over a weekend as part of the perfect outdoor road trip. They aren’t the most grueling of hikes, but they’re great if you have young ones in your crew. And if you complete all three, you get an awesome Tupper Lake Triad patch. What’s not to love about that?
Make Room. Then Make It Happen.
Need a place for all your outdoor gear when you’re not out exploring New York? StorQuest Express Self-Service Storage in Briarcliff Manor has your back. Our state-of-the-art facility on North State Road has the unit you need to craft the ultimate adventure locker.