XC ski trails open

HAGUE Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are again available at Rogers Rock Campsite in Hague. The 5 kilometers of groomed trails are open daily. There will be designated groomed trails all winter, weather permitting, said Joe McCranels, volunteer coordinator. The trails, which include lights on the south loop for evening skiing until 10 p.m., are sponsored by town of Hague recreation department, the Warren County office of parks and recreation and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. McCranels said the trails are maintained and groomed. People are asked to sign in when using the trails. A registration box is provided by the DEC at the entrance to the campsite. Snowshoers are welcome, McCranels stressed. Snowshoers are using the trails more and more, he said. Thats a good thing. Motor vehicles on the trails are not a good thing, though. McCranels asked riders of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles to please avoid the cross country ski trails in the interest of skier safety. The DEC has erected a snow fence near the parking lot set aside for ice fishermen and placed signs asked people not to drive on the trails. McCranels noted a snowshoe and ski rally is being planned for March 13 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Battle on Snowshoes. The Battle on Snowshoes took place March 13, 1758, near the site of the present Rogers Rock Campsite. Captain Robert Rogers had been sent on a scout from Fort Edward north toward Fort Ticonderoga when they came under attack by French and Indians. The Rangers fought bravely, considering they were outnumbered and their numbers fell quickly. They made several successful attempts to prevent themselves from being flanked. But after an hour and a half of heavy fighting, their numbers were too few and they finally retreated. The Rangers lost about 125 who were killed or captured. Information on the cross country ski trails is available from the Hague town hall at 543-6161.

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