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Trails Maintained Through Donations to and Volunteers of the Friends
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Update on Volunteers/Evenings at Higley Flow

Thanks to everyone who offered to Volunteer for the next month.  The schedule is now full until March 12th.  Hopefully we'll have plenty of snow until then and beyond!

This weeks host on Tuesday evening will be our Friend's Secretary, David Trithart.  David is also active in the Laurentian Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club.  On Thursday, you can meet our Higley Friends, Katherine and Bill Brown.  If you take advantage of the evening skiing, please stop in the Lodge to say hello.

Just a reminder, because of the Evenings at Higley Program, the Park and Lodge will be open from 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Normal hours on Wednesday and Friday are 8 AM to 5 PM for the Park, with the Lodge closing at 3:00 PM.  Weekend hours are 8 AM to 5 PM for both the Park and the Lodge.

And don't forget about our Higley Family Day this coming Saturday, January 24 with a Free Ski Waxing Clinic (Get your skis waxed for free!) at 1:00, a Beginner's X-Country Ski Clinic by the Bollt Family of Potsdam (1:00), Ski Demos from Wear on Earth (10-2), Ski Swap (10-2), Scavenger Hunt with Prizes (10-2), and a Warm Fire by the trailhead with Hot Dogs and Hot Chocolate (10-2).  The Higley Hustle is on Sunday with Adult Classic Races at 10:00 (Registration beginning at 9:00), Children Races at 12:00, and Freestyle Races at 1:00.

And as always, if you're not yet a member of the Friends group, please consider joining at

See you on the Trails,


Trail conditions are updated courtesy of Ed & Judy Fuhr:


Cedar Brook, Pine, Old Pine, Camp loops and roads were groomed and trackset late this afternoon.  Skiing should be excellent tomorrow.


There is also a tiny, flat loop in back of the lodge for any wee little skiers to play on.


The attached picture is of the plaque, now displayed in the lodge, of the major donors for the Trails Lodge Project.  For anyone who may not know, it took a communal effort to bring the lodge from idea to reality.  Mary Jane Watson wrote the grant which bought much of the materials, supplemented by the donors, even then it was fortunate there was some working capital in the Friends account.  The Parks maintenance staff did the physical work of the construction.  Henry and Shari provided support. Without the contributions of all there wouldn’t be a lodge.  It is very rewarding to see how many families, young and older, use the lodge as a base for their activities.


Ed & Judy

April 2014, can you believe it?

Ed, showing his form!

Perfect conditions!

We have enclosed a couple of pics of an original watercolor donated by John Omohundro and his wife for the men's rest room.  Thank you!
Ed & Judy

A trail and topographical map of Higley Flow State Park.
(click on picture or link for larger image)

Trail ratings:
Overlook-Beginner-green rating
Camp Loops-main roads B,C and E loops Beginner-green, A,D and F loops
Warmbrook-Intermediate-blue rating
Pine-Intermediate-blue rating
Cedar Brook-all three levels depending on loop chosen, back
hills-Advanced-black; trail to back hills -Intermediate-Blue;  First two
rights and next left to return-Beginner-green

Special "Thanks" to Ed Fuhr who spends many hours keeping our trails so perfectly groomed.

We'll also try to keep you informed of changing trail conditions as they occur.  If you find changes that we've missed reporting, please email us at "higleyfriends(at)"