Tuesday, October 20, 2015

4 Miles Of New Trails Near Lake Placid

Heaven Hill Farm Lake PlacidThe Uihlein Foundation in Lake Placid has opened a four-mile trail system on the 940-acre Heaven Hill Farmhouse property on Bear Cub Lane.

The new Heaven Hill Trails augment the popular Henry’s Woods Trail System, about five miles of trails on the Heaven Hill property that opened in 2009. Both trail networks are open to walking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoes, but not motorized nor equestrian use. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Hiker Ticketed After Keg Party Atop Adirondack High Peak

KegPartyA hiker who posted photos on Facebook of a keg party on top of Phelps Mountain over Columbus Day weekend has been ticketed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Raja Bhatt of Queens was ticketed for allegedly taking part in a “day-use group” with more than fifteen people — the legal limit for a hike in the High Peaks Wilderness Area.

Bhatt, who is thirty-two, said he didn’t organize the hike or the keg party.

“I was simply on the summit with some friends, and some friend of a friend brought a keg,” he said. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

CATS, DaCy Meadow Farm Opening New Trail

12087818_10153419335194843_300363278908098642_oIt really is mind boggling to think that not too many years ago hiking routes around the Adirondack Coast were slim to nonexistent. Now six years later Champlain Area Trails (CATS) and a host of volunteers have built over 35 miles of trails and improved dozens of existing paths. This Saturday CATS will open a newly expanded trail and join forces with a Westport family farm to celebrate trails and local food. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Chester Challenge Offers 20 Miles Of New Trails

Stewart Mountain Chestertown photo by John WarrenMore than 20 miles of trails are available in Chester, Northern Warren County, as part of the newly inaugurated Chester Challenge.

The Chester Challenge is comprised of 11 newly designated trails that vary from moderate climbs to level terrain. Hikers that visit at least six of the trails can receive a Chester Challenge pin and bragging rights. Although not nearly as rigorous as Adirondack hiking challenges such as the Saranac 6 or the Cranberry 50, the Almanack has learned that some hikers have made the effort more difficult by completing all the hikes in a single day. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DEC Removing Adirondack Boat Launch Docks

nys-dec-logoRemoval of the state’s boat launch docks will begin today as the boating season draws to a close, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced.

DEC manages 395 boat docks and fishing access facilities across the state in 57 of New York’s 62 counties, the majority which are located in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Roads Less Traveled: The Five Ponds Wilderness

Old logging road south of Slim PondOld forest roads get more use than one would think in the Adirondacks. Although they see few motor vehicles these days, many see enough foot traffic, whether it be boot or paw, to maintain their existence in perpetuity. This resiliency is especially useful when planning backcountry adventures, where old roads often allow efficient access to some rather remote areas. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bus Fundraiser Underway To Support Youth Ed-Ventures

YENN Youth Ed-Venture Nature NetworkThe Youth Ed-Venture & Nature Network (YENN) is raising money to purchase a bus to transport youth from the Albany area to its outdoor and environmental programs in the Adirondacks and Catskills.

To date, a campaign on Adirondack Gives, Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding website for community groups and nonprofits, has raised $2,000. The YENN hopes to reach its short-term goal of $5,000 in the next 30 days. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

12 Short Hikes Near Keene Valley

Keene Valley coverKeene Valley was, the first time I saw it, jaw-droppingly astounding. All those peaks and ridges, jagged, monumental, stretching high into the sky, more and more dramatic as we drove up from the south.

It was a beautiful day, many years ago, and a friend and I had a vague idea about scaling a mountain or two. Maybe we’d go over The Brothers to Big Slide and down.

Well, we hiked and climbed a long way, but we were greenhorns, rather unprepared, and we never made it all the way around. One of us injured a leg; the other had an unfortunate encounter with a toxic plant. We had to turn around and go back the way we came. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Lessons Learned On A First High Peak Hike At 72

summit signIn the July/August issue of Adirondack Explorer, I read the article “Soaking in the scenery” about hiking the Great Range in a day. I hadn’t climbed any mountain in the Adirondacks, and I figured that, even though I knew that I couldn’t come close to what those hikers were able to do, I was a 72-year-old guy in good health who should be able to climb Whiteface Mountain in a day. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fire Burns 120 Acres At Crane Pond, Bear Mountain

Crane Pond FireDEC Forest Rangers have contained a forest fire started by an unattended campfire on Crane Pond that has spread up Bear Mountain in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.

The Fire was reported to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 1:23 pm.  Responding Forest Rangers reported the fire was about two acres on Bear Mountain above Crane Pond.  Dry and windy conditions on Sunday increased the fire to about 80 acres.  » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 28, 2015

National Scenic Trail Route Approved Through Adirondacks

North Country National Scenic Trail MapAfter 10 years of planning, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has approved the Adirondack Park Trail Plan for the North Country National Scenic Trail (NC-NST), effective October 10.

The plan routes the projected 4,600-mile National Scenic Trail through the middle of the Adirondack Park. The NC-NST traverses the northern tier of the United States between Crown Point State Historic Site on Lake Champlain and Lake Sakakawea State Park on the Missouri River in North Dakota.  About 2,700 miles of the trail have been completed so far.  Within the Adirondack Park, the trail is expected to be about 158 miles long when complete, between Forestport in Oneida County and Crown Point. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Rail Explorers Finds A New Use For Tracks

Rail Explorers between Saranac Lake and Lake Clear on September 24, 2015Mary-Joy Lu and Alex Catchpoole worked in advertising in New York City for 20 years and decided to get out. This year they started a rail-biking business in Saranac Lake that has been successful far beyond their expectations.

Since opening Rail Explorers on July 3, they have sold nearly 10,000 tickets for a six-mile trip between Saranac Lake and Charlies Inn at Lake Clear Junction. In addition to themselves, Lu and Catchpoole employ 15 people (though the staff will be pared when they close for the season next month). » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rock Climbing: Old Route Up Rooster Comb

Rooster-combEach year hundreds of people hike to the summit of Rooster Comb for its great views. Far fewer reach the summit by scaling its cliffs, but the mountain has a long and storied rock-climbing history. Whether you hike or climb to the top, the 2,788-foot peak offers a wonderful vista of the lower Great Range, the Brothers, and Johns Brook valley.

Rooster Comb is one the trips chosen for the Adirondack Explorer’s new guidebook, 12 Short Hikes Near Keene Valley. Since I planned to hike Rooster Comb for the book, I figured I’d squeeze in a rock climb as well. My neighbor, Tim Peartree, agreed to come along. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Paradox Lake Boat Launch Closing For Paving

Paradox LakeThe Paradox Lake Campground and the Paradox Lake Boat Launch will undergo a $598,000 improvement project this fall, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced.

The campground portion of the facility is already closed for the season.  All roads within the campground, including those leading to the boat launch, will be milled and paved beginning October 1. The boat launch will be closed during the construction project and is expected to reopen by October 18. Boaters and camp owners should be aware the boat launch will be closed on Columbus Day Weekend.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Major Northville-Placid Trail Reroute Completed

Collins-Gifford-useNewly opened trail reroutes on the Northville-Placid Trail (NPT) now eliminate many miles of road walking.

The most recent section of reroute, completed this summer, replaces 7.6 miles of walking along State Route 30 and the Benson Road in the towns of Northampton, Fulton County and Benson, Hamilton County with an 8.6-mile trail through a tract of the Shaker Mountain Wild Forest. A bridge over Stoney Creek has not yet been built so a roughly 90-foot ford is necessary, which may not be passable during high water.

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