Friday, April 19, 2024

Parking reservations required May 1 to Oct. 31 for Route 73 corridor trails

Gates to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve.

On April 16, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) announced the parking reservation system to promote safe access to trails in the Route 73 corridor will resume May 1, following a successful season in 2023. Since the launch of the parking reservation system in 2021, more than 52,500 users have registered at AMR’s website to make parking reservations.

“DEC looks forward to continuing to work with the Adirondack Mountain Reserve to offer safe and accessible entry to this busy Adirondack corridor,” DEC Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar said. “This system improves public safety and supports equitable access and guaranteed parking for all outdoor adventurers visiting this area of unparalleled natural beauty.”

From May 1 through Oct. 31, reservations will be required to access the parking lot, trailheads, and trails located on the privately owned 7,000-acre AMR property in the town of Keene in the Adirondack High Peaks region. AMR has a longstanding conservation easement with DEC that allows public access for hiking. Additional hiking opportunities and parking lots can be found throughout the 2.6 million acres of public lands in the Adirondack Forest Preserve on a first-come, first-served basis. View a map of AMR within the Adirondack Forest Preserve (PDF).

Advanced parking reservations at AMR are available at no cost and are required for both single-day and overnight use. Seventy reservations, including overnight reservations, are available per day. Walk-in users without a reservation are not permitted unless these users provide a Greyhound or Trailways bus ticket from within the past 24 hours. Reservations are also required to access the Noonmark and Round Mountain trailheads located on AMR property.

New bookings for 2024 begin April 17. Users can make reservations as far as two weeks in advance on a 24-hour rolling basis. Reservation holders will receive reminder emails in advance of their designated time with a prompt to confirm or cancel. If a reservation is canceled, the reservation immediately becomes available on the website. Reservations open frequently, so users are encouraged to check hikeamr.org often if reservations are not available on a chosen date.

In 2023, the reservation system accepted 16,971 reservations. There were 2,625 reservation cancellations in 2023, with nearly all the canceled reservations rebooked.

DEC and AMR continue to work together to adaptively manage the program to improve public safety, ensure equitable access, and promote sustainable use of this popular hiking destination. Learn more about the Adirondack Mountain Reserve on DEC’s website. For a list of frequently asked questions and to register, visit hikeamr.org.

Photo at top: Gates to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. Photo by Adirondack Explorer reporter Gwendolyn Craig/Explorer file photo.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.




9 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Didn’t an earlier story on this note that a large portion of the people that reserved didn’t show up. Like more than 30%. How is that a success? The fact that you need a parking spot to use these easement lands must be a violation (at least in spirit) of the easement agreement that taxpayers paid for?

  2. JohnL says:

    Please note that this post is ONLY to notify everyone that on 1 May reservations will again be required for hikers in the Route 73 corridor. Please also note that this subject has been discussed ad nauseum in past years and try to resist reopening all those seemingly endless arguments both pro and con. Thank you for your support.

    • Boreas says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Balian the Cat says:

      Would this be a good time for me to mention that thing about forests being able to take care of themselves without any help from us? 🙂

    • Paul says:

      This might have been fine for some emergency pandemic reason but if its a violation for the easement agreement – it is. It is a very nice way for the club to limit people who can use the lands we paid for but that don’t make it right.

    • Paul says:

      This is only at AMR. Other parking along the “73 corridor” isn’t part of any reservation thing. There are a lot of trail heads on 73.

  3. Bill Keller says:

    A shout out and thank you to all the whiners who non-stop whine about AMR parking. Thank you for staying in the High Peak region of the Adirondacks.

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