DEC: “All projects that involve tree cutting in the Forest Preserve are being reviewed to determine if they can advance, based on the (court) decision.”
The state, along with many Tupper Lake residents, believes that both the scenic railroad and the rail-trail can be world-class tourist draws.
Many if not most of the hikers arriving in Keene Valley are simply on their own, and that’s led to what officials are calling a crisis of parking and a concentration of too many hikers on too few trails.
State officials hope this travel-corridor management plan — which is similar to past plans, but tidies up some objections raised in the courts — is the final word in a long and contentious battle over a state-owned rail line running 119 miles from Lake Placid south and west to Remsen.
With more users and more acreage incorporated into the park over the decade, the increase is understandable. But services haven’t kept pace.
The project is taking longer than expected because of the care needed to construct a trail that must stand up to so many hikers.
The new trailhead will be located at the Keene end of Cascade Lakes and traverse the face of Pitchoff to access Balanced Rocks, an interesting collection of boulders on a bare nose of Pitchoff’s western flank.
Parch Pond offers a picturesque lake framed by mountains and evergreens and a diverse forest east of the Northway and west of Port Henry on Ensign Pond Road. It was once renowned for its 200-foot cliffs that offered challenging rock climbing.
Boaters who are still on the lake after the gates have been closed will have access to a call box that will connect them with DEC emergency dispatch for instructions on opening the gate.
Concerns of overuse on Lower Saranac are being raised following completion of a bigger state boat launch at Second Pond and the proposed expansion of the Saranac Lake Marina. By a circuitous route, motorboats can also access Lower Saranac from as far away as the marinas on Lake Flower in the Village of Saranac Lake, not to mention from a number of private camps.