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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

August photo highlights

This photo gallery includes images of cyclists going through farmlands in the Champlain Valley, European adventurers paddling through the northern Adirondacks, and nighttime views from… >>More

In this Magazine

Ticks spread in the Adirondacks as funding to study them shrinks

Soon after he began taking Lee Ann Sporn’s introductory biology course in the fall of 2018, Bryan confided to his professor that he frequently felt… >>More

The Video Room

Hikers weigh in on paying for High Peaks trailhead parking

We asked hikers if they would pay for parking or to use trails in the High Peaks. Watch this video… >>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

A milestone summer of gender equality on ADK’s trail crew

It’s all in a day’s work for the Adirondack Mountain Club professional trail crew, but this week is special, a… >>More


Monarch butterflies: conservation’s orange flag

Eastern monarch populations have decreased by at least 80 percent in the past two decades, according to Xerces Society for… >>More

Adirondack Almanack

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Sept 19)

This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and updated on Friday. Contribute… >>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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