SPA Trip #3: Fake Lucerne

By:  Greg
June 14, 2010 4:30 pm | Category: Hiking, SPA, Swimming

The Starting Points for Adventure series gives your outdoor-imagination a kick in the butt, and gets you on the fast-track to adventures. Approximately every week we provide a few pictures and clues of a great location a bit off the beaten path. We challenge you to read carefully, put your thinking cap on, go out into the wild, and find the location. Report back about your findings in the comments below, but please don't give it away for someone who has yet to figure it out. Of course, if you find something even cooler during your travels don't hesitate to challenge us! If you find something really awesome, and think it's worthy of being included in the SPA Trip series send us an email!

Deep in The Kingdom is a very deep lake. The water is so deep in fact, that often times this lake is the very last in the region to freeze, and is icy cold even in the heat of summer. It is the work of an ice age long gone. It is flanked by hills that rise abruptly and in stark contrast to it’s surface. Fake Lucerne is a sight to behold.
fake lucerne

Don’t hesitate to wander around (and up and down) it’s perimeter to discover the many vantage points from which to admire this gem. Mount View (biblically speaking) is a great place to see exactly that. Indeed, if views are what you seek, stay away from the “hussy peak” as the views are finer looking west. Sights like this welcome you at many exits of the green tunnel.

When you are done with your hike, don’t forget to go south from the northern terminus (or north from the southern terminus) halfway, and cool off. Though it’s not quite the Jordan River (despite the fact that it is west of Mount View) nor the Dead Sea, it is still quite refreshing for us citizens of the North Country.
devil's leap

Devil’s Leap requires a push to get past the shallows. Tread lightly and enjoy!
leap like a devil

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  1. Sam
    wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 4:59 pm  

    hehe “hussy peak”. Sure it isn’t Skank mountain?

    • Greg
      wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 5:29 pm  

      haha… nope. not sure at all… whichever, she is definitely fast and loose

  2. Harvey44
    wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 9:49 pm  

    Gorge-eous! The swan dive (bellyflop?) is pretty cool too.

  3. Justin
    wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 10:42 pm  

    Any chance this lake is virus free? It’s a real beaut, still trying to figure out where it is

    • Greg
      wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 10:50 pm  

      the clues are there my man… i’ll tell you straight up if you need me to, but you’ll owe me a griller next time i’m out there. decide wisely :D

    • Justin
      wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 10:51 pm  

      scratch that guess. Let me rephrase…While enjoying the view to the West could you be atop a peak that shares its name with a state park contained within the borders of one of Vermont’s neighbors?

  4. Justin
    wrote on June 14th, 2010 at 11:12 pm  

    Got a little time on my hands tonight and went searching…


    • Greg
      wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 8:00 am  

      LOL! you just earned yourself the “visitor of the week” award on FIS… may you have many faceshots.

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 11:03 am  


    • Greg
      wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 3:44 pm  

      win… awesome porter

  5. icelanticskier
    wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 8:26 am  

    good skiing options off of the non prostitute peak if it’s mini coolers you seek. the slut peak side is nice with rugged touring gear.


    • Greg
      wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 3:45 pm  

      WOOF! I’ve got my eye on a few exotic lines over by the ole’ hussy. Nothing too gnar, but nice and long, and (i hope) nice and pretty. The other side never got the snow this year to really be worth not going to MTW instead… wonder if that’s ever true? ;)

      i want snow rog :(

    • Adam
      wrote on June 18th, 2011 at 5:24 pm  

      That side of the lake never filled in in 09-10… but it sure did this year! you can check out some video of this past winter

  6. MadPatSki
    wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 10:49 am  

    You can even see a ski area I’ve skied before in a background around the time that THE Shane was skiing there. :O

    Definitely looks like that it had the potential being the Devil’s Belly Flop on that last pic.

    • Greg
      wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 3:46 pm  

      HA! Good eye Pat!

  7. RogerK
    wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 8:05 pm  

    Nice. All kinds of good skiing around there. Last time I was there was three years ago with AmyK, doing a tour while she was 8 months pregnant.

  8. icelanticskier
    wrote on June 15th, 2010 at 9:28 pm  

    quite a season it was greg. haven’t skied since a week b4 memorial day myself, but that day seemed an appropriate way to end it. long run, solo, bluebird, and untracked. the raven was there too :)

    surfing makes the snow going away an easy transition. altho i do dream of peaks that once erupted……..and may once again. never know, stranger things have happened………..;)


  9. Peter
    wrote on June 17th, 2010 at 2:13 pm  

    Lake **********(edited because SOMEONE didn’t read the rules ;D)….near some of the best mtn biking on the east coast, Kingdom Trails! Thanks for sharing!

    • Peter
      wrote on June 17th, 2010 at 2:27 pm  

      Sorry, I didn’t know there were rules. Where are they located? Thanks again.

    • Greg
      wrote on June 17th, 2010 at 2:27 pm  

      nah not really “rules” morelike guidelines… hence the smiley winky face rather than the FU middle finger man… they’re kinda hidden in the little blurb at the top. no worries and thanks for checking out FIS

    • Peter
      wrote on June 17th, 2010 at 2:28 pm  

      Eh….nevermind. It’s an ID ten T error. ;)

    • Greg
      wrote on June 17th, 2010 at 2:36 pm  

      hahaha… right on. that’s the only kind we ever have here on FIS ;)

      fyi i just added the boldface, so NO you didn’t miss it. thanks again for checking in… hit us up with any suggestions for SPA trips if you have them in mind. you don’t even need to tell us where they are. we like challenges. GP

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