Editor’s note: This is where we’ll be updating information, on an ongoing basis, about the Adirondack Mountain Reserve permit system and other news related to High Peaks use.
May 6: Permit users weigh in on the reservation system
Multimedia reporter Mike Lynch paid a visit to AMR on Sunday and spoke with some of the people who were there to hike that day.
May 2: Light first day for AMR hiker reservation system
Our editor, Brandon Loomis, scoped out the first day of Adirondack Mountain Reserve’s permit system and had this to report:
“Hikers who tested the Adirondack Mountain Reserve’s hiking reservation system on its first day arrived to a mostly empty parking lot and a brilliantly sunny day on the trails.
State and club officials said all 70 permits slotted for Saturday had been reserved online, but a late-season snowstorm on Friday may have altered some hikers’ High Peaks plans. The lot, near the southeast end of Ausable Road in St. Huberts, held fewer than 20 vehicles by mid-afternoon.”
— Melissa Hart
April 29: Roadwork planned for Route 73
After last week’s news about parking closures, we’ve caught wind that NYS Department of Transportation is planning to replace guardrails on a 15-mile stretch of Route 73 this summer.
— Melissa Hart
April 21: Route 73 parking closures
We received confirmation that the steps to block access to two pull-outs on Route 73 were taken as part of the state’s efforts to crack down on illegal parking and to reduce the number of people walking along the road to reach trails in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve and Giant Mountain Wilderness. — Melissa Hart
April 20: Route 73 parking
We’re pursuing a story right now about the pull-outs/parking areas along Route 73 being closed off between the Beer Walls parking and Roaring Brook Falls trailhead. It’s not certain if this is related to the AMR permit system, but stay tuned for more information. — Melissa Hart
April 19: Increase in party size, overnight reservations, other updates
- The maximum party size included in a single vehicle reservation has increased from six to eight people total. However, vehicles that carry up to 15 people can park in the lot, as long as there are multiple reservations for that vehicle.
- There’s the ability for overnight users to reserve a parking spot for up to three nights.
- DEC and AMR are still working out the logistics for people who come back after the lot closes at 7 p.m., writing that “accommodation for vehicle access may be made for overdue hikers or other emergencies.”
- For the start of this pilot system, reservations will be available from May 1 to May 22.
- On May 7 and thereafter, reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance of the date of reservation, up to 24 hours before. Day of reservations are not available.
— Melissa Hart
April 15: FAQs update
The AMR has an updated FAQ list on its website. One question of mine was answered: if you arrive to the AMR via another route, like the Elk Lake-Marcy Trail, you will not need a reservation. Go to https://www.hikeamr.org/ for more info and to make a profile for registering. — Gwendolyn Craig
March 31: Your questions answered
The initial announcement raised many questions, some of which have now been answered by both DEC and AMR. Explorer reporter Gwendolyn Craig wrote an overview. READ MORE
March 29: AMR permits announced
Parking in AMR’s 70-spot lot near Keene Valley will require a reservation May 1 through Oct. 31. Hikers, whether parking a vehicle, getting dropped off or arriving on a bicycle, will need to make one of the reservations, according to a joint news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the AMR.
Sept. 4, 2020: Permits are coming
Ausable Club President Roland Morris told Adirondack Explorer that after years of collecting visitor data, the club would test out hiking limits in 2021.
“It’s forever wild and we need to protect the hiker experience; we need to protect the resource,” Morris said. “These are important for the current hiking public and for generations to come, and we’ve reached a point where at least in the AMR’s case we are seriously degrading the resource.” READ THE FULL STORY
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