Changes reflect new zoning, recent additions to the High Peaks Wilderness
The brand-new 15th edition of High Peaks Trails, the flagship of ADK’s (Adirondack Mountain Club’s) comprehensive Forest Preserve Series of guidebooks, has just been released. The volume is edited by longtime Adirondack adventurer Tony Goodwin, who has been writing and updating guidebooks for over 30 years.
Since the 14th edition was published in 2012, 47,000 acres of Forest Preserve have been added to the High Peaks Wilderness Area. Its boundaries have been redrawn, and new regulations governing use of these areas are anticipated. The new 15th edition addresses the significant zone changes that have been implemented by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as new acquisitions, new trails, reroutes, restored and altered trailheads, and parking regulations.
Notable changes include Boreas Ponds access information, a new trail to Wolf Pond, closure of the Porter Mt. trail from the Garden, a new route to Allen Mt., numerous additions to the Champlain Valley trail network, and a whole new Northwestern Section, covering trails in the remote territory east of Route 30 north of Paul Smiths. Also new is a chart comparing approaches to Mount Marcy. The book is also smaller in size, to fit more easily into a backpack.
This guide corresponds to ADK’s High Peaks: Adirondack Trail Map, and to National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated maps 742 and 746. Waterproof, durable, and tear-resistant, all three maps are available from ADK and at book and outdoor supply stores.
High Peaks Trails (softcover, 312 pages, 5” x 7”) is available for $19.95 ($15.96 ADK members) and $29.95 for the book-and-map pack ($23.96 ADK members). It can be found at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK’s High Peaks Information Center in Lake Placid, online at ADK.org, or by calling 800-395-8080. Proceeds support ADK’s programs in conservation, education, recreation, stewardship, and advocacy. Review copies are available upon request.