Thursday, April 18, 2013

Expect Traffic Delays in Cascade Pass

Cascade Pass (1)Hikers and others traveling to Lake Placid from the south should be aware that traffic on Route 73 in Cascade Pass will be limited to one lane for most of May due to roadwork. The highway may be closed to all traffic during one weekend.

Most of the parking area for one of the most popular summits in the High Peaks—Cascade Mountain—will be closed. Parking also will be banned at the western trailhead for Pitchoff Mountain, another popular destination, and Stagecoach Rock. The latter two parking areas are located near the Cascade trailhead, but on the other side of the road.

David Winchell, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said there will be limited parking at the Cascade trailhead. He added that hikers will still be able to use the spillover parking area a bit north of the trailhead.

“Because of the limited parking, people may want to look for other hiking opportunities during this period,” Winchell said.

“There are plenty of other trails in the Lake Placid area,” he said. One suggestion is the new trail on Jay Mountain.

The day-use area between the two lakes will remain open, Winchell said.

The state Department of Transportation plans to begin work on Wednesday, April 24, on a stretch of Route 73 along the Cascade Lakes. Starting about May 1, traffic will be restricted to one lane, with temporary signals at each end of the stretch.

On occasion, DOT says, the road may be fully closed up to a half-hour at a time. In addition, DOT expects to close the road to all traffic for one weekend, probably May 11-12. It will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Traffic will be detoured along Routes 9N and 86, Springfield Road (County Road 83) and Fox Farm Road (County Road 63).

DOT plans to complete the project before Memorial Day weekend.

A DOT spokesman said the state will be improving drainage to prevent washouts and removing boulders and repairing slopes to make the highway safer. In Cascade Pass, Route 73 squeezes between the twin Cascade Lakes and the steep slopes of Pitchoff Mountain.

Photo of Cascade Pass by John Warren.


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Phil Brown is the former Editor of Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues, the same topics he writes about here at Adirondack Almanack. Phil is also an energetic outdoorsman whose job and personal interests often find him hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, trail running, and backcountry skiing. He is the author of Adirondack Paddling: 60 Great Flatwater Adventures, which he co-published with the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the editor of Bob Marshall in the Adirondacks, an anthology of Marshall’s writings.Visit Lost Pond Press for more information.

One Response

  1. Phil Brown says:

    I updated this for the following:

    1. DEC now says there will be limited parking at the Cascade trailhead.

    2. The parking area a bit north of the trailhead will remain open.

    3. The day-use area between the lakes will remain open.

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