To really understand this story, you have to bear in mind two distinctive things about North Creek.
One, it butts up against the mountains much tighter than most Adirondack communities. Start on the path that runs beside Town Hall (within sight of the Hudson), and within minutes you’re climbing steeply up Gore Mountain, entering one of the largest wilderness complexes in the Park. » Continue Reading.
So this is the shoulder season. The leaves are gone. It’s chilly outside, wet and gray. You don’t feel like hiking. You’re looking forward to skiing, but you don’t want to sit inside until the snow comes.
It’s a great time for mountain biking. You don’t need views, fall colors, or sunshine to enjoy riding on a well-designed trail through the woods. As for that chill in the air, you’ll warm up soon enough.
That was my thinking when I drove to Wilmington last weekend to check out some new trails off Hardy Road.
The nonprofit Barkeater Trails Alliance maintains a network of mountain-bike trails on both sides of Hardy Road, some easy, some not so. I have ridden there more than once. After Keith McKeever, a BETA volunteer, told me the group recently created two new trails, both for beginners, I drove over as soon as I had a free day.
Cycle Adirondacks, a week-long bicycle touring event created by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), concluded its second-year last month. The event ridership doubled from the first year to more than 300 with 2016 participants traveling from 35 states and provinces to experience the Adirondacks with WCS.
The 2016 route started and finished in Hadley-Lake Luzerne, and included overnight stops in Ticonderoga, Keeseville, Saranac Lake, Indian Lake and Northville. In total, cyclists pedaled through six different counties and 45 communities across a 404-mile journey from August 21-27. » Continue Reading.
Registration is now open for Bike the Barns, a new, fully supported recreational road cycling tour providing a personal connection with the rich agricultural movement of the North Country.
The Saturday, Sept. 24 agritourism event is presented by the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and will feature rest stops and interactive experiences at seven farms in the Champlain Valley. Three routes of differing lengths will begin and end at Mace Chasm Farm in Keeseville, where a celebration of local food and music will cap off the day’s activities. » Continue Reading.
Wildlife Conservation Society has announced its Cycle Adirondacks 2016 Community Concert Series lineup. The August 20-27 road cycling tour will feature seven consecutive evenings of free entertainment in six different Adirondack communities.
Each venue is open to the public and offers a beer garden featuring Good Nature Farm Brewery and local food concessions. Entertainment begins at 7 pm nightly. » Continue Reading.
Will the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Park Agency write to urge the U.S. Congress not to gut the federal Wilderness Act of 1964? Would Governor Cuomo allow this or encourage it?
Why should these state agencies write to Senators McConnell, Schumer and Gilllibrand to strongly oppose a bill that opens up all federal Wilderness areas to bicycling? Our Adirondack State Land Master Plan echoes the federal Wilderness Act of 1964. Bicycling in Wilderness areas is disallowed in our federal and Adirondack Wilderness (and Primitive, Canoe) areas because bikes are gear-leveraged mechanical transport, a highly complex machine, just not a motorized one. And machines – motorized or not – cancel out the values and benefits of an enduring wilderness, those very rare places where human beings exercise humility and are not allowed to dominate the landscape as we do everywhere else on earth. » Continue Reading.
The Ausable River Association and High Peaks Cyclery will be holding the 5th Annual Ride for the River on Sunday, July 31st at the Hungry Trout Resort. Ride for the River celebrates the Ausable River and the communities that call its watershed home. Proceeds from the event support AsRA’s work to protect and restore the clean waters of the Ausable River. The event began in response to the devastating flooding of Tropical Storm Irene to celebrate the resilience of local communities and raise funds to support AsRA’s stream restoration work. » Continue Reading.
The roads were torn up and dusty, with holes almost a story deep in places. It was difficult to navigate around the construction, and visiting a shop on the main Park Street thoroughfare was all but impossible.
Yet, the positive energy in Tupper Lake was palpable.
Have you been to Tupper Lake lately? I’ve been there several times recently for a variety of reasons, and in this outsider’s opinion, great things are going on. » Continue Reading.
The theme for this summers Saranac Lake Community Rides in Downtown Saranac Lake is bring your bike, bring your helmet and bring a friend.
The free bi-weekly event spearheaded in 2015 by the North Country Healthy Heart Network and Cycle Adirondacks features family friendly group bicycle rides beginning at 6 pm from the Berkeley Green. Rides will be hosted on July 20, August 10 and 24, and September 7 and 21. » Continue Reading.
One of the longest-running triathlons in the U.S., this year’s Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon features an increased number of registrations compared to recent years and a new Olympic-distance race. More than 500 athletes will compete in the 34th annual Tinman on June 25, compared with 390 entrants in 2015, and 375 in 2014.
The race is comprised of five different competitions: the Tinman Half Ironman, which includes a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run; the Sprint, with a .5 mile swim, 12.6 mile run, and 3.1 mile run; the Olympic distance, with a .93 mile swim, a 26 mile bike, and 6.2 mile run; the Relay, with teams of 2 to 3 members who swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles collectively; and the Aquabike category, which includes a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike. » Continue Reading.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released for public review a plan to significantly expand recreation opportunities in the Moose River Plain Wild Forest by building a 25-mile mountain bike trail network and rerouting and improving others; improving bridges; “clear[ing] vegetation from existing overgrown trails”; building two more parking areas along Route 28; and closing sections of new Seventh Lake Multi-Use Snowmobile Corridor Trail to mountain bikes.
The plans are laid out in what a Draft Amendment to the Moose River Plains Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. » Continue Reading.
Conditions were far from ideal for the Wilmington Whiteface 100K mountain bike race (WW100) on Sunday, part of the annual Wilmington-Whiteface Bike Fest. The WW100 is considered the most difficult of the seven Leadville 100 MTB qualifying races.
Just minutes before the start of the 7 am, 69-mile race, a light rain began to fall, but as soon as the starting gun fired off its round, signaling the mass start for the 467 riders, a steady downpour started and didn’t stop. » Continue Reading.
The annual Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest will be held on June 3-5, 2016 with a mix of competition and family fun.
The events begin Friday, when Montreal’s Krushers Stunt Team will preform in the free jump and trials exhibition at the Wilmington Bike Park. Other events Friday evening include Sam Perkins and Carsinn Wilson performing bike acrobatics. These will be followed by the annual welcome party featuring music, raffles, prizes and a Best Calves contest. » Continue Reading.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced approval of a controversial plan to remove state-owned railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake to create a 34-mile multi-use trail. In addition, the state is committed to restoring 45 miles of tracks between Big Moose and Tupper Lake.
The governor’s announcement is a victory for Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates (ARTA) and a defeat for the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (ASR), which operates a tourist train on a 10-mile stretch of tracks that will be removed. Later in the day, ASR revealed that it recently filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court seeking to save the tracks.
ARTA President Joe Mercurio, who lives in Saranac Lake, said he was thrilled by the governor’s announcement. “ARTA and a great many others have worked long and hard for this,” he said. “Governor Cuomo deserves a huge round of applause for his support. It was the right thing to do.”
“Fork to Fork”, a 55-mile cycling event and culinary tour circling three scenic lakes and traveling through several Adirondack hamlets, will take place on May 21st.
Cyclist will travel from The Hub in Brant Lake (a tavern and bike shop), through Palisades Road, Beaver Pond, Valentine Pond, circling Schroon Lake and traveling through the hamlets of Adirondack, Schroon Lake, Pottersville, Loon Lake and Chestertown, and returning to The Hub. » Continue Reading.