The Kayak Chronicles ©
by Darren Caffery
PADDLING THE ADIRONDACKS:
August 12, 2008
|CAMPING & KAYAKING|
Lake Lila is owned by the State of NY and is located entirely in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area. Motors are prohibited on the lake. Lake Lila is an ideal place for day trips and overnights for both canoes and kayaks. There are 24 on-site wilderness campsites on the lake and camping here is on a "first come, first serve" basis. Access to Lake Lila requires some work and is a bit of an adventure but it's well worth it. There is a 1/3 mile dirt path portage from the parking area to the launch area. The path has some hills, in addition to rocks and large roots. For an extended and even more adventurous paddling exploration, intrepid explorers can paddle (with some portaging) to Little Tupper Lake via Shingle Shanty Brook, Lilypad Pond, Salmon Lake Outlet, Hardigan Pond, and Rock Pond.
At about 2 pm we began our hike back down the mountain. In less than an hour, we reached the bottom of the mountain and loaded up our kayaks to continue our exploration along the shoreline. We paddled a nice relaxing pace along the shoreline, observing some more beaver lodges and soaking up lots of sunshine. After about 5.5 miles of paddling, we approached the takeout. The other paddlers had landed before us and the last of them were preparing for the dreaded portage back to the parking lot. Jean, Tom and I landed a little before 5 pm and after a little stretching, began the portage process. The portage was certainly a bit more grueling after a 2 mile hike and about 10 miles of paddling. I worked up quite a sweat but when the kayak was finally loaded and secured on the vehicle, I wiped the sweat from my forehead, took a deep breath, and realized it was another fantastic day in the Tao of Paddling.
I will return to Lake Lila when I can stay longer, at one of the wilderness campsites, and absorb more of the natural beauty.
MORE ADIRONDACK 2008 TRIP REPORTS
HELPFUL ADIRONDACK LINKS
|Adirondack Forum||Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)|
|Adirondack Park||Hamilton County Recreation|
|Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks||
|BOOKS, MAPS & GUIDES|
|Adirondack Paddlers Map||Best in Tent Camping: New York State|
|Adirondack Paddlers Guide||National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map (#745)|
|Adirondack Trails: Northern Region||
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