Hikers looking to tackle the new Mount Van Hoevenberg East Trail should expect a significant detour through crosscountry skiing trails due to construction at the nearby Olympic sports facilities.
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.
The advocacy group AdkAction and two local paddlers, Tyler Merriam and Scott McKim, have asked the state for $404,000 in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funds.
The July issue of the Explorer features a story by Tim Rowland about mountain biking at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge. The two of us visited the mountain in May to get a feel for the scene there. Above is a video I shot that day and some photos of bikers on the trail.
Adirondack paddlers have had much to celebrate in recent years as the state’s acquisition of former Finch, Pruyn lands has opened up spectacular waterways to the public, including Boreas Ponds and the Essex Chain Lakes. But another land deal two decades ago did as much, perhaps more, for canoeists and kayakers.
The state created the new regulations due to congested shoulders creating safety hazards for bicyclists and pedestrians forced into vehicle lanes. In past hiking seasons, hundreds of cars lined the shoulders of Route 73.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising people against camping above 4,000 feet in the High Peaks after a number of instances became public on social media recently.
Forest rangers had several rescues and participated in training exercises recently.
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.
An annual spring rite of passage, the scourge of the black fly lasts roughly from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. As the weather heats up, the flies die off. While black flies certainly don’t have a monopoly on making outdoor life in the Adirondacks miserable—raise your hand if you’ve suffered from a mosquito swarm or deer fly bite—these insects are uniquely annoying when they’re around. They swarm and have a killer’s instinct for biting. And, man, those bites can hurt.