Adirondack High Peaks hikers won’t face additional restrictions on Columbus Day weekend, state and Adirondack Mountain Reserve officials announced Tuesday.
The AMR—the Ausable Club’s 7,000-acre private reserve in St. Huberts, across which the state owns a conservation easement allowing hiker access—had discussed the possibility of restricting hiker numbers on the typically busy holiday. Already this summer the state had restricted parking in the region to thwart COVID-19’s spread, and the state is in talks with the AMR about how to manage hikers next year.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation sent the Adirondack Explorer a joint statement with AMR saying the status quo will hold for this weekend.
“There are no additional use restrictions for the upcoming Columbus Day weekend at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve other than those in effect all season: limited parking,” the statement reads. “DEC and AMR continue to have productive discussions about strategies for 2021 that will help protect the area’s natural resources and promote sustainable use.”
DEC rangers will be dedicated to the corridor to help with law enforcement, and the department recommended hikers seek alternatives because parking is expected to reach capacity before sunrise.
AMR is a popular public access point for New York’s tallest mountains, and an Adirondack Council analysis of trail registers there found that hiker sign-ins more than quadrupled, to 25,000, between 1978 and 20017. That kind of traffic has prompted some to call on the state to created a hiker permitting system.