The Adirondack Council says that an analysis of High Peaks trails it funded has found that more than half of 300 miles of trails studied failed to meet modern design standards.
The plan is to help disperse High Peaks crowds and preserve trails and natural resources by providing an alternative entry to the popular mountains, OSI president and CEO Kim Elliman said.
Located at the northern end of Lake George, Cook Mountain Preserve is one of the 11 preserves owned by the Conservancy. The preserve was originally established in 1990, when the Delano family donated 176 acres. It was expanded another 18 acres by a donation from the Boyles five years later.
Adirondack Foothills Trails Alliance has been working to increase mountain biking opportunities in Old Forge, including on the slopes of McCauley Mountain.
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.
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.
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.