The opening days of hiking season are here, and with a warm Memorial Day weekend ahead, the Adirondack Council wants to remind outdoors enthusiasts to socially distance and continue using personal protective equipment while recreating.
Outdoor tourism is important for the North Country economy as well, and hikers traveling to the Adirondacks should take the time to research the local protocols and conditions beforehand. Residents and tourists alike should seek to avoid crowds and crowded locations so we can continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still getting the exercise and fresh air we all need.
“Year-round and seasonal residents of the park have done a good job of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the communities of the Adirondack Park, allowing some of its economy to reopen in time for the start of the tourism season, that’s a testament to the spirit of cooperation that sustains our communities through good times and bad. It shows that we are all in this together. Adirondackers look out for each other. Together, we will find our way to better times ahead,” said Adirondack Council Deputy Director Rocci Aguirre in a press release.
It’s also important to remember that in the Adirondacksm spring is mud and black fly season. Visitors may find that their region’s spring is not comparable to the north country, making it especially important to do research before hiking up here. There is typically still ice, snow, and mud on several sections of popular high-altitude hikes, and it is recommended in mud season to avoid trails above 2,500 feet.
To learn more about socially distant hiking, to view trail conditions, and to find tips for hiking in mud season, check out the following links:
Photo Credit: High Peaks camping at Copperas Pond lean-to camp, courtesy of NYSDEC