Saturday, June 24, 2017

DEC Seeks Volunteers for Trail Maintenance in Adirondacks

DEC is seeking volunteers to maintain trails in the towns of Peru and Black Brook in Clinton County and town of Chesterfield in Essex County.

You can be part of a one-day work group, a three-day once a year effort, or a few hours on numerous days throughout the year – during the week or on weekends – whatever works best for you. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 23, 2017

CATS Hike Opens High Point Trail in Willsboro Sunday

high point rock wallChamplain Area Trails will formally open the newest addition to the CATS trail network on Sunday, June 25 in Willsboro, with a hike starting at 1 pm. All are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the “High Point Trail” which goes to the highest point on Willsboro Point.

The High Point Trail is on the property of Marsha and Bill Harbison, who developed the trail and have opened it to the public for hiking. CATS completed trail work, marked the trail, and created a small parking area trailhead. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rangers Find Boy Missing Overnight Near Schroon Lake

Forest Rangers found a 10-year-old Sunday morning in good health after he went missing overnight in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.

Forest Ranger James Waters said he found the boy (who forest rangers wouldn’t identify because of his age) about a mile off the Short Swing Trail.

Waters had been on the way to meet up with another forest ranger near Gooseneck Pond when he took a break atop a boulder field. While taking a break, Waters yelled out, hoping the boy would hear him, which is standard during search-and-rescue missions. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

High Peaks Overuse: Make Cascade an Educational Asset

Over the past few months Governor Andrew Cuomo has shown his economic love for the Adirondacks by putting his money where his mouth is, pledging $32 million towards an Adirondack Gateway facility at Frontier Town in North Hudson and another $20 million for improvements to the Gore, Whiteface and Mt Van Hoevenberg ski centers.

Seeing as generosity is in the air, I have a proposal:  let’s take a small portion of the monetary love intended for these projects and turn Cascade Mountain from a dangerous and degraded poster child for Adirondack overuse to a model of Wilderness education that becomes an asset in the struggle to protect the High Peaks. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Recent Adirondack Search and Rescue Operations

DEC Forest RangerNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, June 19, 2017

New Northville-Placid Trail Guide Released

adk northville placid trail guideADK has released the fifth edition of its Adirondack Mountain Club Northville-Placid Trail in time for the Northville-Placid Trail’s 95th anniversary. The newest edition in ADK’s Forest Preserve Series of Adirondack and Catskill guides, this volume marks the relaunch of the series.

Edited by Jeff and Donna Case of Mattydale, Onondaga County, the volume has been revised and redesigned, including a return to a smaller, more convenient size. When they conclude this year’s trip on the NPT in May, the authors will have hiked the trail twenty-eight times.

The new edition’s arrival is a celebration of another sort as well: the text includes a detailed description of the long-awaited reroute of the Northville-Placid Trail’s (NPT’s) southern approach completed in 2015 that eliminated about 10 miles of road walking. Originally 132 miles long, reroutes and trail changes have extended the NPT to 138.6 miles. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Spur Trail Demonstrates Hut-to-Hut Possibilities

Hamlet to Hut demonstration project in Long LakeThe Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System Tuesday advanced its “demonstration project” to build a spur trail in the Town of Long Lake offering hikers on the Northville Placid Trail the opportunity to get off the trail and go into the town for a hot shower, meal, and place to sleep for the night. Leaders of the project visited the potential site.

They hope to have the trail finished by fall and ready for use next year. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 16, 2017

A New Nonprofit Is Born: Adirondack Hamlets To Huts

Hamlet-to-hut demonstration project in Long LakeThe Adirondack Hamlets to Huts project, which incorporated in November, received its 501c3 status in April, making it an official nonprofit, Joe Dadey announced at the Adirondack Community-based Trails and Lodging System advisory committee meeting Tuesday. The organization’s mission is to create, manage and promote a world-class Adirondack hut-to-hut system that advances sustainable communities, conservation, and wellness.

This opens up new grant opportunities for the project, and once a website is developed and the group is registered with the New York Charities Bureau, it can begin reaching out for memberships, gifts and donations, Dadey said.

“It will help us advance our mission,” he said. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Potsdam Man Becomes 10,000th Adirondack 46er

In late June, when Justin Todd hiked Cascade and Porter mountains, he had no intention of becoming an Adirondack Forty-Sixer, let alone the ten thousandth. But less than four months later, that’s exactly what happened when he climbed Whiteface Mountain on October 15.

Todd found out in January that he had the honor of becoming the ten thousandth person to hike all the High Peaks and register with the Adirondack Forty-Sixers. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scholarships Available For Kids Paddling Trips

Northern Forest Explorers paddle the Raquette RiverThere are still open spots in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on 5-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. Partial and full scholarships are given to children who cannot afford the cost ($500) of the trip.

The Adirondack trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Comments Sought On Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Changes

saranac lake ump trails and parkingWhat follows is a press release from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), announcing that the draft Saranac Lakes Wild Forest Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 76,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondacks has been released for public review and comment.

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (SLWF) is comprised of 76,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands and 19,600 acres of lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds in the towns of Santa Clara, Brighton, Tupper Lake, Harrietstown, and Franklin in Franklin County and the towns of St. Armand and North Elba in Essex County. Three of the largest population centers in the Adirondack Park – the villages of Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid – are located within the general boundaries of the unit. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nessmuk’s Relative to Talk at Historic Saranac Lake Thursday

Will Madison paddles Brown's Tract Inlet in Raquette LakeThe nineteenth-century writings of George W. Sears – best known as Nessmuk – have inspired countless Adirondack paddlers, including his great-great-great-grandson Will Madison.

In September 2015, then 22-year-old St. Lawrence University graduate retraced much of Nessmuk’s 1883 canoe trip from the Old Forge area to Paul Smiths and back.

At 7 pm on Thursday, Madison will talk about that trip and his ties to Nessmuk during a slideshow presentation at the Saranac Laboratory Museum in Saranac Lake. The presentation is sponsored by Historic Saranac Lake and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. It is part of Celebrate Paddling month in Saranac Lake. The event is free and open to the public. » Continue Reading.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Owls Head Trail Being Closed By Land Owner

Owls Head Trail Map courtesy Adirondack AtlasThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the trail to the summit of Owls Head in the town of Keene is closed to public access and use on weekends, effective immediately. The trailhead and all but the last 0.1 mile of the trail are located on private lands.

According to an announcement by DEC: “The large number of vehicles parked on the private road during the Memorial Day weekend blocked access for private landowners, and now the landowners are prohibiting the public to park on the private road between 4 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday and have posted signs along the road reflecting this decision.” » Continue Reading.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Don’t Be Fooled: Big Brook Is Not Flatwater

I took this photo of Big Brook early Friday evening while driving between Tupper Lake and Long Lake on Route 30. If you’ve driven that highway, you’ve probably admired this scene. And if you’re a canoeist, you’ve probably wondered if the brook can be paddled. It certainly looks inviting.

Several years ago, I succumbed to curiosity. At the time, I was researching my guidebook Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures. I thought Big Brook might make the cut. It turned out to be a dumb idea.

Continue reading at Adirondack Explorer.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

‘Ride for the River’ Bike Tour Supports Ausable River

Annual Bike Tour of Ausable RiverEvent registration is now open for the Ausable River Association ‘s 6th Annual Ride for the River, which will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017.  The family-friendly event is a fully supported road cycling tour featuring three distance options, all showcasing the Ausable River watershed.

The Ausable River Association (AsRa) created Ride for the River in 2012 to celebrate the resilience of local communities following the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

In partnership with Cycle Adirondacks, the 2017 ride will feature opportunities for cyclists to learn about the impacts of road salt, invasive species and undersized culverts on Ausable streams and habitat.

» Continue Reading.


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