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Outdoors

Local tourism rises for long Memorial Day weekend

Tourists meandered down Lake Placid’s Main Street this weekend, eyeing the scenery. Parking lots for multiple popular High Peaks trails filled to capacity early on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24. Small groups of people took walks around local parks, stopped by restaurants to get take-out, ...

Campfires cause wildfires over the holiday weekend

Wildfires that kept Essex County fire departments busy over Memorial Day weekend were set up by warm weather and in many cases started by unattended and unextinguished campfires. All six wildfires in Essex County from Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25 were caused by campfires, and each was ...

Small protest group tells cars at Exit 30, Route 73, ‘Go home’

Motorists coming to the High Peaks region on the Northway may have been surprised as they got off on Exit 30 over the weekend. A few cars were parked there with signs, such as a bright yellow one reading, “YOU’RE WELCOME ... TO GO HOME!” The posterboard signs were created by Kelly ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Visiting PA Falls (Winding Falls)

I had heard of PA Falls from previous readings and studies on the history of the region but up to this point had never visited them. It was also clear from my research that it had a trail or in the least a path back to them, but a bit unclear as to where to find this said trail. Corenne and ...

Local beaches aren’t open yet

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says some state beaches will open up for Memorial Day weekend, albeit with serious restrictions to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. He said municipalities can open their beaches, too, if they follow state guidelines, but don’t expect local beaches to be open this ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Black Pond to Bridge Brook Pond

It had been about two years since I was on this trail and wanted to check it out again for a nice walk in the woods. I drove by the trailhead, again, as it is still hidden from sight with only a small sign. Corenne and I made decent time along the mostly flat trail which gently eventually ...

Different landscape for nature seekers

Tourism experts continue to predict a sluggish return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the Adirondack Park’s unique draws — millions of acres of wild lands and a wealth of outdoor destinations — has many locals still anticipating a rush of nature-seekers this Memorial Day ...

Hiking this weekend? Ticks don’t do social distancing

Tick season is heating up in the Adirondacks, and while most people are focused on not contracting COVID-19 right now, local physicians, infectious disease experts and tick-borne illness experts are worried people may forget that another viral danger lurks in the woods. Tick-borne illnesses ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Scaling Lewey Mountain near Indian Lake

Lewey Mountain is the 69th highest peak in the Adirondack Park and can be easily seen around Indian Lake because it towers over much around it. No real definitive trails will get you to the summit of the massive expanse of land, but by following the Sucker Brook Trail from the Lewey Lake ...

APA plans vote on rail trail during online meeting

RAY BROOK — The long-running rail-trail issue was up for a vote Thursday, May 14 as the state Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners held its monthly meeting on the WebEx videoconferencing platform. At 1 p.m. the agency was to convene for Executive Director Terry Martino’s monthly ...

Eagle Island summer camp won’t open this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Eagle Island Camp Board of Directors has decided not to hold summer camp activities this year, saying it could not find a “safe and permissible way” to run programming amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We are saddened to share that, after lengthy deliberation, the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking the Pisgahs and a pond

Ever since the state obtained the Pisgah Mountains they have become a welcome part of the Hudson Gorge Primitive Area. Big Pisgah Mountain has been a popular destination for quite some time now, even before it was in the Forest Preserve but what I was unclear on was what would Little Pisgah ...

Keene uses parking ban to divert High Peaks hikers

KEENE VALLEY — The town of Keene implemented a roadside parking ban for three local roads on Friday, April 24. The town plans to step up enforcement this weekend in an effort to limit the number of hikers congregating at trailheads and in residential areas. Parking on Johns Brook, Market ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Kellogg Mountain: An Adirondack quick trip

I recently took a spring trek up Moxham Mountain, and because of that hike, I got the idea to see what else this region’s mountains have to offer. We had this plan to do a two-car traverse through an area none of us were familiar with but decided on doing that on a different trip and Kellogg ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Another day, another quick adventure near Newcomb

The Adirondacks are just peppered with “Buck Mountains,” and “Buck Hills,” and today’s short stroll was one that I had not yet visited. It was one of those hectic days where I only had a few hours to get in some fun and adventure before I had to get back to the daily grind. Buck ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Leave No Trace during mud season, COVID-19

We know. You are staying home, maybe working, maybe catching up on favorite TV shows and finishing books from your reading list. But it’s also spring, and the other part of maintaining positive mental health is finding a way to get outside during mud season and COVID-19. How can you ...

Winter wins a round, but spring is coming

SARANAC LAKE -- While spring has had its moments so far this year, winter has not gone away yet. Tri-Lakes residents awoke on Wednesday, Earth Day, to find a solid blanket of snow had fallen overnight. That's fairly normal for April in the Adirondacks. At present, eastern states -- ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Oliver Hill to Snyder Hill

Vanderwhacker Mountain is a pretty popular hike, mainly because it has a fire tower killer views and ease of access, and then there is the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge list. However, two gems in the region rarely fall within the sights of hikers. I’m talking about Oliver Hill and ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Seventh Lake Mountain Trail

I noticed this trail on my previous visit to the Moose River Plains, and it made me wonder about its destination, and it’s been eating at me in every sense. The trail was labeled as the “Seventh Lake Mountain Trail,” which I thought odd; I had never seen a reference to a summit trail ...

Essex County prepares for launch of hiker shuttles

KEENE VALLEY — Essex County is on track to launch a new bus system to shuttle hikers to and from popular trailheads along state Route 73. Funding for the new service, slated to launch this summer, was ultimately included in the state budget. The Essex County Board of Supervisors ...