Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hamlets to Huts Receives Grant, Long Lake Spur Progressing

hamlets to huts logoThe nonprofit Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, Inc. (AHH) has received a $20,000 grant from The Cloudsplitter Foundation of Saranac Lake. The gift is expected to help AHH improve and operate the Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Trails Center located on Main Street in Saranac Lake, and also help implement and market its first hut-to-hut route — the North Creek Indian Lake Circuit.

The Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Trails Center provides information to visitors about the hut-to-hut initiative, where to hike, bike and paddle in the Adirondacks, and how to travel and camp safely in the Adirondack backcountry. The Trails Center also sells gifts, clothing, and select “Ten Essentials” items for day-hiking.

The AHH project to create the North Creek Indian Lake Circuit is expected to include a 3-day hike from North Creek to Indian Lake with overnight lodging at North Creek, Garnet Hill at Thirteenth Lake, then across the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area to Kings Flow, and then Indian Lake, followed by a one-day rafting trip down the Hudson River that takes trekkers back to North Creek.

One of the project’s organizers Jack Drury, tells the Almanack that work on the Long Lake Spur Trial (off the Northville-Placid Trail) is progressing. The sections  on Town property are mostly complete (though a few water crossings remain to be built). The portion of the trail on state land has received Adirondack Park Agency approval.

For more information on the Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Trails Center and the North Creek Indian Lake Circuit, visit their website.

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4 Responses

  1. Big Burly says:

    Congrats to Jack and his partners. An innovation for the DAKs and surely a way to attract new supporters and visitors.

  2. Tim says:

    While I applaud the AHH for all their hard work, I am 100% opposed to building huts, yurts, platform tents, etc. on State land. It would detract from the sense of wilderness. We already have Johns Brook Lodge and its associated cabins, as well as the ADK Loj.

  3. Charlie S says:

    In the 1990’s the State of New York started removing lean-to’s from the Adirondacks because they wanted to keep the Adirondacks wild…so they said back then. Now they’re doing all they can do to get people into them woods, ie paying for advertising, and now building huts. They took away lean to’s to keep it wild and now their building huts trying to encourage people to come into the wilderness which is sorta contradictory dontcha think when added people is not really the way to keep a wilderness wild. They’re a peculiar bunch those people who work for the State.

  4. Bruce says:

    No one is suggesting building structures in Wilderness areas which do not meet SLMP guidelines. As proposed for Boreas Ponds, additional structures could be built on adjoining Wild Forest or Intensive Use designated lands connecting to trails through Wilderness areas, again meeting SLMP guidelines where necessary.

    Isn’t part of the point of doing this is encouraging folks to utilize less heavily used parts of the park? It’s clear that extensive new Wilderness areas alone are not doing it. It is no longer the Adirondacks of Old Mountain Phelps or Noah John Rondeau, nor will it ever be again. People are coming to the HPW from the outside the AP, not only for mountaintop views, but because there are nearby amenities at places like the LOJ or the Hamlets of Keene and Lake Placid. Amenities in places like Newcomb and N. Hudson are rather thin.