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.
The following are forest ranger actions from August 12-18. The information is provided by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Town of Keene Essex County Wilderness Rescue: On August 12 at 12:11 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a man reporting that his wife had a non-weight bearing ankle injury on the side of Little Porter Mountain. The injury occurred when she and two others went off the hiking trail. Coordinates provided by Essex County 911 placed the hikers just over a half-mile from where they started their hike in Keene Valley. Forest Rangers Robbi Mecus, Kevin Burns, >>More
The Garden parking lot in Keene Valley will remain closed until at least late September.
With DEET on our clothes and nets over our heads, we would have forgotten about the mosquitoes if not for our dog’s suffering.
Publisher Tracy Ormsbee and I hiked Mount Marcy to meet up with volunteer summit steward Mary Lamb, who will be featured in the Trailblazer column of September issue of the Explorer. Above are some photos from that trip.
The Adirondack Council says that an analysis of High Peaks trails it funded has found that more than half of 300 miles of trails studied failed to meet modern design standards.
The plan is to help disperse High Peaks crowds and preserve trails and natural resources by providing an alternative entry to the popular mountains, OSI president and CEO Kim Elliman said.