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Old 04-10-2017, 04:43 PM   #1
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Kids On The Trail Challenge (Suggestions for Short Hikes)

Stumbled across the Kids On The Trail Challenge from the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.

To receive a patch, children must complete at least two hikes from each section of the Adirondacks for a total of 16 hikes.

ADK sells a book describing the 62 possible hikes.

The idea is to introducing children to hiking in general and the park specifically but the list of 62 hikes is a nice resource for anyone looking to explore different areas of the park.

North-Northeast Section:
  • Everton Falls
  • Silver Lake Bog
  • Azure Mountain
  • Silver Lake Mountain
  • Catamount
  • Coon Mountain
  • Owls Head Mountain
  • Poke-O-Moonshine
  • Debar Mountain

Tupper Lake, Cranberry Lake, and Northwest Section:
  • Lampson Falls/Grass River
  • Fernow Forest Trail
  • Bear Mountain
  • Bog Bear Mountain
  • Mt. Arab
  • Floodwood Mountain
  • Panther Mountain
  • Stone Valley Trails

Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Paul Smiths Section
  • Brewster Peninsula Trails
  • VIC at Paul Smiths
  • Black Pond
  • Red Dot Trail
  • Baker Mountain
  • Jenkins Mountain
  • Owen and Copperas Ponds
  • Mt. Jo
  • Rocky Falls
  • Whiteface Landing/Lean-to
  • St. Regis Mountain

Keene, Keene Valley Section
  • Gulf Brook Lean-to/Lost Pond
  • Big Crow Mountain
  • Baxter Mountain
  • Owls Head
  • Deer Brook and Snow Mt.
  • Pitchoff Mt. Lookout
  • Mt. Gilligan

Minerva, Newcomb Section
  • VIC at Newcomb
  • Boreas River Trail
  • Goodnow Mountain
  • Stony Pond
  • Blue Ledges

Old Forge, Long Lake and Blue Mountain Section
  • Rocky Mt.
  • Bald (Rondaxe) Mountain
  • Cascade Lake
  • Cascade Pond
  • Black Bear Mountain
  • Castle Rock

Indian Lake and South Section
  • Auger Falls
  • Tenant Creek Falls
  • Cod Pond
  • Kane Mountain
  • Good Luck Cliffs
  • Rock Lake
  • Sawyer Mountain
  • Puffer Pond
  • Chimney Mountain
  • Echo Cliffs (Panther Mt. Overlook)

Lake George and Southeast Section
  • Shelving Rock Falls
  • Sleeping Beauty Mountain
  • Black Mountain
  • Hadley Mountain
  • Tongue Mt. Lean-to/Five Mile Mt.
  • Crane Mountain
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Old 04-12-2017, 09:25 PM   #2
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That's really cool, thanks for posting. I just ordered the book. Now the dilemma is, my 6yo son has already done several of these hikes without my 3yo daughter. Do I let him get the patches or do we redo them so she can get them at the same pace.
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Old 04-12-2017, 09:50 PM   #3
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That's really cool, thanks for posting. I just ordered the book. Now the dilemma is, my 6yo son has already done several of these hikes without my 3yo daughter. Do I let him get the patches or do we redo them so she can get them at the same pace.
IMHO let him get them now! If you make a habit of making him wait for things, he could develop resentment toward his sister. I'm watching it happen with my nephews 2 boys; if #2 can't do it, then Mom won't let #1 do it. And as I was the oldest...
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:44 AM   #4
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That's really cool, thanks for posting. I just ordered the book. Now the dilemma is, my 6yo son has already done several of these hikes without my 3yo daughter. Do I let him get the patches or do we redo them so she can get them at the same pace.
It's just one patch. Requiring at least two hikes from each section for a total of 16 hikes. (Although some of the hikes do have individual patches from other sources)

Just choose 2 from each section that he hasn't done yet and then they can both work towards a patch together.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:23 PM   #5
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Ok, I guess I get an "f" for reading comprehension. I thought it was a patch for each section. Thanks for clearing that up.

I do think there is some wisdom in grandpa paddler's advice though. When I explain this to my son, I think the fact that he's starting almost a third of the way into it will be a big motivator. As my daughter ticks off hikes with us she will become the driving force once he gets his patch.

Of course either one is free to decide it's of no interest to them, but so far they both love hiking.
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