About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

Reader Interactions


  1. Jim says

    Our Park is for everyone, not restricted to hikers.
    I see no degradation in a wild forest with the construction of a bicycle trail.

  2. Dick Carlson says

    I’ve ridden in here “back in the day” – this pic looks atrocious! A little crushed stone in a wet area – OK – not this – might as well be paved – looks ridiculous. There’s plenty of trails that are wet and we only ride them in a dry year.

  3. roger dziengeleski says

    All trails, regardless of intended use, should be engineered and constructed to withstand that intended use. Best Management Practices and engineering minimize erosion and other environmental damages from becoming excessive. Eroded herd paths and expanded trails in muddy spots are the real eye sores and they have been tolerated for way too long.

  4. Mark Whittemore says

    If you had been here before the new construction, the old construct was one of the most bizzarre and ankle twisting (potential if not careful), places in the ADK.

    I think this new construction is WAY WAY overkill and sort of bizzare, but maybe it was the simplest way to cover the old garbage short of moving the trail.

  5. J.Dash says

    Adirondack Wild is spot on. This trail is an obvious violation of State law and an eyesore in spades! Did the DEC conduct a hearing on this “improvement?” Can we expect other trails to be “improved” like this? and without public input? Why doesn’t the DEC just “improve” the trail to Marcy with asphalt and concrete? That would solve the overuse issue. For that matter how about “improving” the entire length of the Northville-Lake Placid trail? Heck, let’s “improve” all the trails so cars, RVs, and eighteen wheelers can drive right through the park.

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