orda2.jpgWilmington, N.Y. --- In addition to exploring both the 1932 and 1980 winter Olympic venues, visitors often come to the Wilmington/Lake Placid, New York region to experience the outdoors.  This summer, beginning Friday, July 9, visitors will have the opportunity to take a half-day, guided hike of Bear Den Mountain. Hikers will meet at the Whiteface Base Lodge and begin their trek, each Friday morning at 10 a.m., from the Kids Campus.  During the three-and-a-half hour long hike to the summit, Whiteface guides will describe the mountain's natural history, plants and wildlife.  Once at the top, the summit offers breathtaking views of the famed Ausable River, Adirondack high peaks, Whiteface Ski Resort and the town of Wilmington.   The guided hike is $65 per person and includes an official limited edition Whiteface High SierraTM hydration pack (retail value $100) and a picnic lunch.  Hiking boots are strongly recommended and children should be at least 12-years-old to participate. Bear Den Mountain climbs to 3,379 feet (1,029.92 meters) above sea level and is located at latitude-longitude coordinates of N 44.119496 and W 73.792915.  For more information, or for reservations, call 518.946.2223 ext. 305 or log on to http://www.whiteface.com/summer/activities/picnic.php.  The guided hikes will continue through Oct. 8. For more information about all of ORDA's Olympic venues and events this summer, log on to http://www.whitefacelakeplacid.com/.

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Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.  CONTACT:    Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator, (jlundin@orda.org) at (518) 523-1655 ext. 213