“I can’t go through another day like this past Saturday,” Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson said in October. “It’s beyond the capacity of a town of 1,100 to deal with. It’s just beyond our capacity.”
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is advising the public to avoid backcountry trails and summits throughout the Adirondack region for the duration of the weekend.
Land managers, researchers and stewards from the Adirondacks to Maine met this past weekend in Lake Placid for the 11th biennial Northeastern Alpine Stewardship Gathering.
The plan will be largely informed by a series of 16 public meetings that were held across New York State in 2017, in which trout anglers discussed stream management policy with DEC representatives.
The Palmertown Range is attractive to conservationists for several reasons. Studies by the Open Space Institute shows it offers migrating animals like moose and black bear a connection between the Adirondacks, the Green and White mountains and north into Maine.
Until recently, the trails on the property were available to members of the public, too, for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. But that changed recently, due to concerns of people abusing that privilege, and now Dippikill is closed to the public.
Stewards help prepare visitors for the trail, said Zoe Smith, deputy director of the Adirondack Watershed Institute. They are available during peak hiking times to answer any questions people have about the length and strenuousness of hikes,
On a Tuesday morning hike to the top of Blueberry Mountain that spilled into the early afternoon, I encountered only two pairs of hikers.
A key gateway to the High Peaks will reopen to motor vehicles on Friday. The popular Garden parking lot in Keene Valley has been closed since the spring due to a bridge replacement project on Johns Brook Lane.
The project is taking longer than expected because of the care needed to construct a trail that must stand up to so many hikers.