Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ed Zahniser: A Shepherd’s Tooth Expedition

As we made forays out from Mateskared, our family’s cabin in Baker’s Mills, most often Schaefers were the way-showers and Zahnisers their eager followers. On their 1946 backpacking trip to Flowed Lands and Hanging Spear Falls on the Opalescent River in the High Peaks with Ed Richard, Paul Schaefer went so far as to carry my father on his shoulders across one difficult and hazardous approach by narrow ledge to the falls themselves up through the boulder-strewn canyon of the Opalescent. Paul’s accounts of the trip never mentioned that fact, gleaned from my father’s journal. But it set a suitable tone for our families’ joint wildlands outings. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

DEC Issues Mud Season Advisory for Adirondacks

Adirondack Mud SeasonSpring conditions are present throughout the lower elevations of the Adirondacks but trails in the highest elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice and snow.

Steep trails with thin soils can become a mix of ice and mud as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground, making the trails slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Featured Trail: Coon Mountain, Westport

coon mountain trailThe Adirondack Land Trust’s Coon Mountain Preserve  offers an easy mile long hike to a summit. One short section gets steep as it passes through a rocky area, where footing is a bit more difficult, but it is an easy climb to big views of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 14, 2018

The Old Trail: A Short History of Lyon Mountain

The recent recounting here of personal memories and good times linked to the old trail on Lyon Mountain told only part of the path’s history. A decade ago, a new trail replaced the old one, which had degraded with sections ranging from grassy to rocky to bouldery to muddy to extremely steep, muddy, and slippery. It was a mess compared to paths built by modern trail crews. In 2006, ADK’s Algonquin Chapter completed the plans for a new trail, which was built in the summer of 2008.

Without fanfare, a new trail replaced the old one, but a bit of fanfare might have been nice, considering the old trail’s age and historical significance.

» Continue Reading.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Wildfires, Rescues: Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions (May 8-13)

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 11, 2018

CATS Grand Hike Promotes Hamlet-to-Hamlet Hiking

2018 CATS Grand Hike RouteChamplain Area Trails (CATS) will host the 2018 Grand Hike on Saturday, May 12. This year’s 14-mile route will run from the Westport Train Station to the Essex Inn, beginning with a new trail on land CATS just conserved in the Westport area.

The Grand Hike leads to a Block Party at The Essex Inn, featuring the Steady Benders band, food and drink. A buffet dinner will be available at the Essex Inn for $15, with reservations made with the Grand Hike registration. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lyon Mountain: Ballard’s Favorite Is Mine As Well

Lisa Ballard’s recent piece, “Her Special Mountain,” which appears in the March/April 2018 issue of Adirondack Explorer, struck a chord with me and rekindled some great memories.

In the opening paragraph, she writes, “You might climb many others, but there’s always one that’s yours… a favorite you climb over and over. It’s your go-to hike when you need exercise, you want to share quality trail time with someone else, or you need to get above the daily fray.”

Lisa’s choice is Lyon Mountain, which, at 3,830 feet, is the highest point in the northern Adirondacks and offers commanding views in all directions. She first climbed it via the old trail when it was being replaced, and soon after ascended on the new trail, which was completed in 2008. In September of that year, the Adirondack Almanack reported the change: » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CATS Acquires Historic Farm, Important RR Crossing

The main house at Viall’s CrossingChamplain Area Trails (CATS) has recently acquired Viall’s Crossing, a historic 132.5-acre farm in Westport that had been placed on the market last August.

In an announcement sent to the press, CATS Executive Director Chris Maron said: “Viall’s Crossing is the only place where a hiking/skiing trail going directly north from the Westport train station to Essex could legally cross the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks. CATS has envisioned doing this for years.”

“The property is also a key link in protecting wildlife in the Split Rock Wildway, which connects New York’s Split Rock Wild Forest to the Adirondack Mountains,” Maron said. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Ranger Report: Tupper Woman Killed by Falling Tree

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Hamlets to Huts Test Run Slated

hamlets to huts logoThe nonprofit Adirondack Hamlets to Huts, Inc. (AHH) will conduct a test run of its first route slated for implementation, the North Creek Indian Lake Circuit, from May 8th to May 13th. This five-day, four-night route begins and ends in North Creek and involves three days of hiking and a rafting trip down the Hudson River.

The hiking portion of the route provides opportunities to summit Balm of Gilead, Peaked, and Chimney mountains while covering approximately 24-30 miles, depending on options taken. » Continue Reading.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Featured Trails: Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb

AIC Trails in NewcombThe Adirondack Interpretive Center features 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on its 236-acre property, along the shoreline of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. Trailheads are located at the AIC building and are open daily from dawn to dusk. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Recent Forest Ranger Search, Rescues

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry.

What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Featured Hike: Lampson Falls Trail

lampson falls trailLampson Falls, located in the Grass River Wild Forest, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Adirondacks with a vertical drop of approximately 100 feet. The 2,900-foot long accessible trail provides an enjoyable stroll through the forest ending at an overlook of the falls.

The majority of the trail is at a grade of 5% or less, however users should be prepared for steeper grades of up to 10% to get them to a point mid-falls for a great view of the falls and the surrounding area, level resting areas are provided at close intervals. » Continue Reading.


Friday, April 27, 2018

ADKX Honoring 46ers at Benefit Gala

The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is set to honor The 46ers with the 2017-2018 Harold K. Hochschild Award at its annual benefit gala on Saturday, July 28 from 6 to 9 pm.

The Adirondack Forty-Sixers, Inc. is a hiking and service club whose members have climbed the summits of the 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in elevation in the Adirondack mountains of northern New York state. » Continue Reading.


Monday, April 23, 2018

DEC Offers Plans For Black River Snowmobile Trails, National Scenic Trail

Black River Wild Forest The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Black River Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. According to an announcement sent by DEC:

“The primary purpose of this UMP amendment is to classify snowmobile trails to conform to the trail classification system and guidelines set forth in the Management Guidance for Snowmobile Trail Siting, Construction, and Maintenance on Forest Preserve Lands in the Adirondack Park.” » Continue Reading.



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