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When is it OK to stack rocks on the trail?

Once used to mark the way, cairns nowadays often are seen as monuments to the ego and a blight on the wild landscape. >>More

View Finder

Scenes from Cook Mountain near Lake George

Photos from Cook Mountain, a small mountain that offers great views of Lake George and mountains in Vermont. >>More

In this Magazine

A visit to the Crown Point Birding Station

For the past 44 years a small group of hardy volunteers has encamped each May on the peninsula at the Crown Point State Historic Site… >>More

The Video Room

Lake George Smelt

Smelt gather near the mouth of West Brook after crossing under Beach Road in the Village of Lake George on… >>More

News Releases

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

A rescue, two body recoveries, and advice for unprepared hikers

Statistics from Cascade Mountain show that more than 100 hikers were encountered each day on Saturday and Sunday. Approximately 40… >>More

Explorer Reports

Four bids received for rail line to North Creek

Bidders are expected to propose freight and possible passenger excursions, maintain the tracks and infrastructure, and its connections to Canadian Pacific and points south, according… >>More

Outdoor Recreation

Open Space Institute has a plan to disperse High Peaks crowds

The plan is to help disperse High Peaks crowds and preserve trails and natural resources by providing an alternative entry… >>More


Former EPA official urges Adirondackers to move “Beyond Plastics”

Beyond Plastics hopes to decrease the 9 million tons of plastic entering the oceans each year. >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Locals Beat Lily Leaf Beetle

The lily, native around the world in the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, has been an important cultural icon… >>More

Book Reviews

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Each issue of the Adirondack Explorer contains reviews of the non-fiction books that matter most to our readers. The subjects include Adirondack history, outdoor recreation, wildlife, natural history, and public policy. Most of the past reviews are now available online.

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One mission of the Adirondack Explorer is to show people how to enjoy New York State’s great wilderness. Every issue includes accounts of hiking, paddling, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, bicycling, and other outdoor pursuits. Subscribers get unlimited access to our Adventure Planner, an online archive of hundreds of recreational stories.

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