Friday, May 8, 2020

Adirondack Mountain Club extends property closures

johns brook lodgeFollowing Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a more detailed New York Forward reopening plan for New York State, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is postponing the reopening of its lodging facilities until the North Country is allowed to reopen its businesses and New York reaches Phase 3 of the state reopening process. At this time, ADK is cancelling all lodging reservations through June 1 and will continue to monitor the recommendations of the state and federal government across our region.

This applies to the following locations:

  • Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
    • Adirondak Loj
    • Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake
    • Heart Lake Cabins
  • Johns Brook Property (Keene Valley)
    • Johns Brook Lodge (pictured here)
    • Grace Camp and Camp Peggy O’Brien
    • Johns Brook Lean-tos

The Lake George Member Services Center will remain closed until further notice. In addition, the following services have either been cancelled for 2020 or will be operating with a limited staff pending direction from the reopening process:

  • Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
    • Summer Naturalist Programs – Canceled
    • Volunteer Trails Program – Limited Staff
    • Summit Stewardship Program – Limited Staff
    • Professional Trail Crew – Limited Staff

For the North Country to reopen, seven requirements need to be met, which include achieving a certain testing capacity, lower case numbers, and more. As of May 7, the North Country meets five out of those seven requirements. ADK is communicating with local officials to determine a timeline for when those conditions will be met.

Additionally, New York State on PAUSE is set to expire on May 15. Should that happen, ADK will begin staffing the parking booth and the High Peaks Information Center starting May 22 to manage increases in visitation at our trailhead, which has remained open at the state’s direction. Trail information, bear canister rentals, and retail services will be available on a restricted basis. ADK staff will be wearing face masks, encouraging social distancing measures, and following an aggressive cleaning schedule in order to minimize risks associated with the spread of coronavirus. Further details will be announced as we approach the proposed lifting of the PAUSE executive order.

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One Response

  1. Nancy c. Hill says:

    Thanks for the updates. Can’t wait to get back North. I’d rather be safe than sorry though. So thanks for listening to the Govenrnor.

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