The project is taking longer than expected because of the care needed to construct a trail that must stand up to so many hikers.
“Our whole market here is about peace and tranquility,” said Wayne Failing, who rents cabins a half-mile away from the training site.
State police officers began a three-month weapons training course at Mount Van Hoevenberg this week, startling neighbors with sustained bursts of assault rifles and shotguns and possibly violating terms of authorized activities in the state forest preserve.
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.
North Elba was not included in decisions made on the Mount Van Hoevenberg project up to this point, according to several board members.
Cascade’s usual parking zone is closed through Monday, and shuttles are running hikers to that trail from the Olympic Sports Complex every half hour from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last return shuttle leaves the trail at 7 p.m.