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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

Images of the Noonmark Fire site 20 years later

Images and a video from a visit to the 1999 Noonmark Fire site off the trail to Bear Den Mountain. >>More

In this Magazine

Adirondack advocates and officials seek a plan for high-use trails

“I can’t go through another day like this past Saturday," Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson said in October. "It’s beyond the capacity of a… >>More

The Video Room

Thousands of snow geese near Lake Champlain

Snow geese migrate through the eastern Adirondacks through the Champlain Valley every fall. Here is a video of them gathering… >>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

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Who’s counting peaks?

During my hikes with my kids, I’ve urged them to look around and enjoy nature. We identify trees and admire… >>More


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New Sunrise hub in Saranac Lake plans Plattsburgh ‘strike’

This group of young activists conducts their meetings in accordance with the standards laid out by the Sunrise Movement, a… >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Lake Placid Holiday Stroll 2019

There are plenty of holiday festivals and opportunities to find the perfect Adirondack gift. One of my family’s favorite places… >>More

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