We recently took a hike, yes literally, on a trail that is part of the Moreau Lake State Park system. We had hiked it before, but never knew the name. It’s actually called Western Ridge Trail and is very easy to find and somewhat easy to hike!
Hiking with kids has to be low impact and high yield. In other words, you need to reach some view, peak, fire tower, lean-to, etc. in a reasonable amount of time or the kids are bored.
The Western Ridge Train is actually 5.6 miles, but we purposely didn’t make it the whole way. The best part of this particular hike is that after an hour or so of hiking, you reach a lookout with an amazing view of the Hudson River. Brave souls can keep on truckin’, but we called it a day. The view from here rivals any small-medium size hike in this area!
Tips for hiking with kids:
- Keep it interesting! Be prepared to play games like Eye Spy or mini scavenger hunts
- Warm up your voice! You may be singing, yelling, or whining all the way up
- Be prepared. Water, snacks, first aid supplies, more snacks, bug spray, and special treats for the top
- Dress for comfort and dress in layers
- Be patient. You will be stopping frequently!
- Bring a camera and enjoy the view from the top! I carried Angie in my Beco carrier on my back, and Jude had Robby in a Tough Traveler framed pack for half of the way up.
- Two books about hiking in the Adirondacks you might enjoy: 50 Hikes in the Adirondacks: Short Walks, Day Trips, and Backpacks Throughout the Park and Kids on the Trail: Hiking With Children in the Adirondacks
- The SaratogaMama Outdoor Recreation Guide lists parks and trail systems as well
Directions to Western Ridge Trail: Northway exit 16 and turn left heading toward Corinth. Drive for about 4 miles until you reach a stop sign. Unfortunately the roads are not marked here. You’ll turn Right at the stop sign onto Spier Falls Rd/County Rd 24. Drive about .7 miles until you reach a parking area on your right. Trailhead is a few steps down the road.