Monday, May 18, 2009

Volunteers: Cranberry Lake 50, National Trails Day

June 6th is National Trails Day and Adirondack region hikers will have an opportunity to volunteer, at Cranberry Lake in the western Adirondacks. Each year, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) sponsors an event in conjunction with the American Hiking Society’s celebration of National Trails Day. This year, ADK’s event will celebrate the Cranberry Lake 50, the recently completed 50-mile loop around the lake.

According to the ADK: “Volunteers will spend the day performing trail-maintenance work, such as cutting brush, removing blowdown and building waterbars and rock steps, under the supervision of an ADK trail professional. One crew will tour the lake by motorboat, with state Department of Environmental Conservation personnel, to move outhouses and clean up campsites. There will also be a project for kids, planting tree saplings near the Streeter Lake lean-to.”

Crews will meet at their designated trailheads at 8 a.m. and work until about 4 p.m. All volunteers can camp at the Cranberry Lake State Campground for free on Friday and Saturday nights. Meals will be provided on Friday night and Saturday, as well as entertainment Saturday night. Every participant will receive an event T-shirt and chances to win gear, equipment and other prizes.

Preregistration is required and the registration deadline is May 29. For more information call (518) 523-3441 or visit ADK’s Web site at

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