About 130 miles of trails in the High Peaks region need rerouting or maintenance, according to a preliminary assessment done by the Adirondack Council.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing to move the Cascade Mountain trailhead to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex as a way to deal with the surge in hikers using the trail, according to a draft amendment to the High Peaks Wilderness unit management plan. This amendment, which also contains proposals for the Boreas Ponds tract and other lands, will before the Adirondack Park Agency next week at its monthy meeting. The APA board is expected to vote to schedule public hearings on the draft. APA might approve the plans as early as this summer. The DEC >>More
Here’s a timelapse video I shot on Saturday, September 30 on Cascade Mountain. The video shows what the summit looks like on a day when 550 people hike the mountain. To view still photographs from that same day, click here.
On Saturday, September 30, I hiked Cascade Mountain with the intention of documenting the crowds through a timelapse video and other photos. Starting the trail in the dark at about 6 a.m., I was the third person to the summit. Above are some photos from the day. The video is still in the works. At the trailhead, the temperatures were in the 30s and it was raining. I started hiking in the dark but was able to turn off my headlight before long as the sun rose. In the higher elevations, the rain turned to snow (something I had been >>More
In late January, I visited the St. Regis Mountain fire tower with Doug Fitzgerald, co-chairman of Friends of St. Regis Mountain Fire Tower. The purpose of the visit was to check out the view from the tower, which had opened to the public in September, after being closed for decades. On Monday, July 10, Doug and other members of the Friend’s group held an informational meeting at Historic Saranac Lake to give an update on the restoration process. Although the tower opened up to the public in 2016, the Friends group still has more work to do in order to >>More
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has been grappling with how to deal with the increasing number of hikers in the High Peaks in recent years. I wrote a series of articles about the subject last year, and we will continue to report on the issue again this summer. Above are some photos that illustrate some of the problems in the High Peaks but also some of the reasons why they are so popular.
In late May, I joined Explorer publisher Tracy Ormsbee and Brendan Wiltse for a hike to Cobble Lookout in Wilmington. During the 2.2-mile round trip hike, Tracy interviewed Brendan for her new Trailblazer column that features people around the Park who are taking leadership roles related to important causes. Brendan is a scientist and an advocate for designating the Boreas Ponds tract in the Central Adirondacks as wilderness. He played a key role in getting young adults involved in the Boreas land classification hearings. Brendan chose this hike for a place to interview because it’s an easy hike with a >>More