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July, 2019

Hurricane Fire Tower Centennial Exhibit Opening

A historic exhibit marking the 100th Anniversary of the Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower is set to open on Thursday, August 8th, at the Adirondack History Museum. Festivities begin at 5 pm with a reception featuring a local Hurricane brew from Ledge Hill Brewery, and tours of the new exhibit. At 7 pm, there will be a discussion on the history and future of “Protecting the Adirondack Forest – Past and Present,” featuring fire tower history and current efforts to mitigate the effects of increased numbers of visitors.  An estimated 12 million people visited the Adirondack Park in 2017, most of >>More

July, 2019

Could Trailhead Hiking Meters Help Fund Trails?

Maybe Denver was first, in 2008, but soon Los Angeles, Phoenix, Palm Beach, Cincinnati followed with a novel approach to combat a persistent urban problem: repurposing parking meters to collect spare change to help the homeless. And now, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has applied the idea to a nagging recreational headache – funding trail maintenance. Is this an idea that’s ready for the Adirondacks’ High Peaks, where foot and automobile traffic are running ahead of the means to cope? In Steamboat, ten orange meters were installed last month next to trailhead kiosks. The signs don’t ask hikers » Continue Reading. View >>More

July, 2019

High Peaks Leave No Trace Hot Spot Events

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru Traveling Trainer team are partnering with ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC), and other regional organizations to host community programs and education activities from August 7 to 14. Part of the Leave No Trace In Every Park initiative, the Hot Spot seeks to raise community awareness about recreational use issues in the Eastern High Peaks, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste, and negative human/wildlife interactions. ADK nominated its Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center in the Eastern High Peaks >>More

July, 2019

Adirondack Hamlets to Huts Planning New Pilot Treks

The nonprofit Adirondack Hamlet to Huts (AHH) has announced they are accepting registrations for their first ever trek from Old Forge to Inlet and back as well as a trip from Old Forge to Raquette Lake and back. These are pilot trips which are guided test runs of future AHH routes that are expected to be self-guiding. The Old Forge – Inlet Weekender Circuit is three nights, running from the evening of Friday, August 23rd, through the morning of Monday, August 26th. A five-night four- day trek from Old Forge to Raquette Lake and back will run from Monday evening >>More

July, 2019

Efforts Underway To Protect Historic Essex Quarry As A Nature Park

Champlain Area Trails (CATS) has announced plans to preserve 35 acres in the Town of Essex, NY, on land that features 400 million-year-old fossils — part of an ancient coral reef — as well as a type of forest considered globally rare and an historic stone quarry. The Essex Quarry Nature Park will be located on the southern edge of the hamlet, a short distance from the Essex – Charlotte, Vt. ferry landing. Plans for the Nature Park include hiking trails and interpretive signs on the site of the former Essex Quarry that operated from the » Continue Reading. View >>More

July, 2019

DEC Announces Completion of Big Slope Bridge

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the completion of the 135-foot Big Slope Bridge and improvements to the Big Slope Trail and Powerhouse Trail, part of the Great Camp Sagamore trail system in the Blue Ridge Wilderness in Hamilton County. The new bridge is located over wetlands on the Big Slope Connector Trail between the Sagamore Lake Trail and the Power House Trail. After an initial site visit and development of a work plan in November 2017, DEC, Camp Sagamore staff, and volunteers worked for nearly two years to complete the bridge. In June 2018, >>More

July, 2019

Featured Paddle: Hoel, Turtle, Slang, and Long Ponds, Lake Clear

Hoel, Turtle, Slang, and Long Pond are part of a route known as the Nine Carries located in the St. Regis Canoe Area. Beginning at the parking area for Hoel Pond, paddle approximately one mile across the pond until you reach the train crossing. A culvert passes under the tracks into Turtle Pond. Carry over the tracks or pass through the culvert if there is enough water flowing through. Turtle pond is a much smaller narrower body of water. At about eight tenths of a mile long, paddling this pond can be much less demanding. » Continue Reading. View original >>More

July, 2019

Body Recovery on Marcy; Rescues at Algonquin, Poke-O, Cliff, Vanderwhacker, Lyon Mts, Indian Falls

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of North Elba Wilderness Recovery: On July 16 at 11:20 am, DEC’s Raybrook Dispatch received a request for assistance for a 61-year-old male hiker from Savannah, NY, who suffered a cardiac >>More

July, 2019

Zipline, Chairlift Rides Added At Gore Mountain

Gore Mountain is open Thursday-Sunday for summer fun, and has two new activities for guests to enjoy. A new zipline ride offers up to two people at a time an opportunity to soar for about 300′ over the Base Area. Also, open-air chairlift rides aboard the high-speed Adirondack Express will alternate with the traditional Northwoods Gondola rides to provide another option for taking in the views and accessing a variety of hiking and mountain biking terrain. Other attractions include a Climbing Challenge Course, Bungee Trampoline, Climbing Wall, and Obstacle Inflatable. New Picnic Basket Lunches are available from the sundeck’s Open >>More

July, 2019

Questions Surround New Frontier Town Campground Trail System

The new Frontier Town state campground was opened to great fanfare just before the July 4th holiday this year. The campground is now fully developed with campsites, trails, and amenities such as showers, playgrounds, horse stalls, pavilions, and scenic lookouts on the banks of the Schroon River, among other features. Construction of the new Paradox Brewery is well underway. The Frontier Town Campground is designed to pay homage to the western themes of the old Frontier Town wild west amusement park that was in its heyday in the decades after the Second World War. The amusement park had become dilapidated >>More


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