ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has announced the release of the fifth edition of its popular trail guide, Eastern Trails, which is part of a substantial reconfiguration and revision of the Forest Preserve Series of Adirondack and Catskill guides.
Eastern Trails highlights some of the most popular and widely used trails in the region and provides the most updated information about entirely new trails, particularly on new Lake George Land Conservancy preserves. Eastern Trails was last issued in a new edition in 2012.
Adirondack Mountain Club Eastern Trails is 304 pages and measures 5 x 7 inches. It includes trail descriptions and detailed directions, as well as distances to shelters, other trails and points of interest. It is organized into nine geographical sections including Northern Lake George and Southern Lake Champlain, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and Schroon Lake, and Southwestern Lake George and Warrensburg, among others.
Eastern Trails is edited by David Thomas-Train of Keene Valley. Thomas-Train has led canoeing, hiking and skiing excursions in the Adirondacks for numerous organizations. He has served as chair and coordinator of the Keene Valley Chapter of ADK for more than twenty years and he has volunteered for numerous Adirondack scientific and advocacy groups.
Like others in ADK’s Forest Preserve Series, this guide includes grid coordinates that correspond to a National Geographic trail map. Trails Illustrated Map 743: Lake George/Great Sacandaga, a large-format, two-sided, waterproof map created in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club, shows each trail described in the guide.
Thomas-Train has also given descriptions of potential winter uses of trails for skiing and snow-shoeing where appropriate.
Eastern Trails is available in softcover for $19.95 ($15.96 members) and $26.95 for the book-and-map pack ($21.56 members) at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080, and online. (ADK reports that the combo pack is only available in-store at the moment but will be available online in a couple weeks.)
Trails and other facilities in the Eastern Adirondacks are also included in the digital Adirondack Atlas, along with weekly updated Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC) and Champlain Area Trails (CATS).