Thursday, May 23, 2019

Getting To Boreas Ponds Will Be Easier This Summer

Photo by Phil Brown 2016. View of Gothics from Boreas Ponds.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is working to create additional access and recreational infrastructure in the Boreas Ponds Tract in the High Peaks Wilderness this June and July.

Gulf Brook Road is currently closed for the spring mud season. Due to the amount of snow this winter and the amount of rain this spring, the road will not open until after Memorial Day weekend. After the road has dried and hardened, and basic maintenance has been completed, motorists will be able to access the Fly Pond Parking Area on weekends only.

Paddlers will be able to access Boreas Pond and other waterways by carrying 2.5 miles from the Fly Pond Parking Area to LaBier Flow, paddle the length of LaBier Flow, and then carry 0.5 mile between the flow and Boreas Pond.

Until the end of July, Gulf Brook Road will be closed to public motor vehicle use during the week while DEC crews conduct road work and other construction projects. Hikers, bicyclists, and horses will be allowed to use the road during the week but should use caution around construction sites and obey all instructions from workers.

Beginning in August, motorists are expected to be able to travel further on the Gulf Brook Road and access additional infrastructure. DEC plans to announce the availability of the additional access once the work is complete.

Be Prepared: Properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. The Adirondack Almanack reports weekly Outdoor Conditions each Thursday afternoon.

Photo of view of Gothics from Boreas Ponds by Phil Brown.

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4 Responses

  1. Justin Farrell says:

    Not sure if this is good news or bad news.
    Aren’t people already able to drive to the dam with permission/permit?
    Are we really going to turn this wild area into another Cheney Pond, Crane Pond, Cedar River Flow, etc, type destination?

    • Boreas says:

      “Aren’t people already able to drive to the dam with permission/permit?”


      They WILL be able to but the road has just opened from seasonal closing – now repairs and renovation beyond the Midway gate will take place. So apparently sections of the road will be closed at different times/days until the entire project is completed – including the new parking areas.

  2. Bill says:

    Does anyone know if the roadwork is completed as of September 2019? Can you now drive to that Fly Pond parking area on any given day?

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