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Adirondack Explorer

July, 2019

When is it OK to stack rocks on the trail?


bates cairn in Acadia

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


July, 2019

Trap Dike is an exhilarating, potentially risky scramble


Will Roth

It’s more than a hike. Some might call it a scramble, but that seems to undersell the risks. On the other hand, calling it a rock climb makes it seem more difficult than it is.


June, 2019

Judge delays snowmobile bridge


Snowmobile bridge

DEC wants to build a bridge over the Cedar River as part of a snowmobile trail connecting Indian Lake with towns to the north. Because the Cedar is classified as scenic, the green groups assert that building a bridge for motorized recreation is unlawful.


June, 2019

A new trail for mountain biking novices


BETA built this gem of a trail on land purchased by the Lake Placid Land Conservancy in 2017. The 100-acre parcel is now known as the Three Sisters Preserve.


May, 2019

Wilderness trust buys a new Adirondack preserve


EagleMountainPreserve

The property includes eight or nine peaks above 1,000 feet, five ponds, and extensive wetlands along the North Branch of the Boquet River. Peregrine falcons nest on cliffs on Eagle Mountain.