The project is taking longer than expected because of the care needed to construct a trail that must stand up to so many hikers.
It’s all in a day’s work for the Adirondack Mountain Club professional trail crew, but this week is special, a chance for all the women on the crew to work together, to celebrate their working lives in the woods.
Departing from Waterfront Park in Northville, on the southern edge of the Adirondacks, they began what would be a meandering, 550-mile loop around the park. There would be hours after hours spent cruising down roads, bouncing over trails, dragging loaded bikes over rocks and fallen logs. Only half the riders would finish.
Last Friday the state Department of Environmental Conservation opened Gulf Brook Road as far as the Four Corners near LaBier Flow, allowing the public to drive to within a mile of Boreas Ponds.
The following are forest ranger actions that took place between September 2 and September 8. The information was provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
A new hiker shuttle will run between Lake Placid and Wilmington this fall as part of the continuing effort to divert people from popular High Peaks.
About 20 people gathered atop Hurricane Mountain for the annual fire tower lighting Saturday night.
The campers didn’t have the place all to themselves, but safe to say they had plenty of elbow room. The RV section was full, but RVers, while welcome, are not quite the demographic that the state has bet $25 million on, in hopes that adventurers will use Frontier Town as a base camp for hikes in regional outdoor attractions, such as the Hammond Pond Wild Forest, Boreas Ponds, the Essex Chain and the Upper Works trailhead to the High Peaks.
This is the fifth year of Cycle Adirondacks’ Ultimate Vacation, a high-end bicycle tour, where rides of up to 70 miles a day are rewarded with hearty meals, nightly entertainment, yoga, massage, a wine and beer garden and all the Adirondack scenery a rider can absorb.
Cycle Adirondacks participants toured the High Peaks and the Champlain Valley in August. See images as riders travel from Wilmington to Westport.