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Outdoors

DEC blocks off Route 73 parking areas

KEENE VALLEY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has closed two parking areas off of state Route 73 near the Roaring Brook Falls trailhead and limited the overlook lot, where people pull off to view the falls, to 15-minute parking. The parking areas were blocked off ...

Salt water savvy

LAKE PLACID — Brendan Wiltse and Lija Treibergs bundled up with cold-water gear and packed their canoe with scientific equipment. As soon as the ice went out on Mirror Lake Friday morning, April 9, they began to paddle to collect their water data. There was a bluebird sky and calm ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Take an adventure to Deer Brook Falls and beyond

Starting from state Route 73 at the Deer Brook Trail was as I remembered it, rocky with odd footing and slippery root systems. But it wasn’t long before I discovered that the trail had been rerouted. This probably happened a while back, but it has been a while since I wandered this trail. ...

New Mount Van Hoevenberg biathlon facility built to ‘last 100 years’

LAKE PLACID — As Kris Cheney-Seymour gave a tour of the enormous new Mountain Pass Lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg on March 14, at one point he said, without breaking his matter-of-fact tone, this is now “one of the greatest Nordic venues on the planet.” He also said the investment will ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Exploring Cat Mountain (2,257 feet)

The trail for Cat Mountain starts out rather easily as it follows an old railroad grade for quite some distance. Only small gentle hills will bring you to the shore of Cranberry Lake. This is a great section for skiing as well as snowshoeing and hiking. You will make your way around Dead ...

Whiteface moves closing up to Saturday

LAKE PLACID — The last day of the ski season at both Whiteface and Gore mountains will be this Saturday, weather permitting. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority, which operates both ski areas, announced the end of the mountains' 127-day 2020-21 ski season in an email blast ...

Hiker parking reservation system coming to AMR

ST. HUBERTS — A new parking reservation system is coming to a popular trailhead parking lot in the Keene hamlet of St. Huberts. The new three-year pilot system at a parking lot operated by the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, a private entity associated with the Ausable Club, was announced by ...

Ausable Two-Fly Challenge returns to Wilmington in May

WILMINGTON — Planning this year’s Ausable Two-Fly Challenge has been just that — a challenge — yet at least the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau will be able to host one this year. Last year’s event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and as state restrictions ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: A High Peaks adventure up Mount Marcy

This was my first trip up Mount Marcy this year. It is a highly sought-after peak during the winter climbing season and as a part-time mountain guide, this usually brings me to the top of New York a few times each winter. We started our day at 7 a.m. from the Adirondak Loj to what looked to ...

Deal could add hiker parking on Loj Road

LAKE PLACID — A proposed agreement between the town of North Elba and state Department of Environmental Conservation could pave the way for more hiker parking on two local roads, including Adirondack Loj Road. The 20-year agreement, authorized by the North Elba Town Council on March 9, ...

Report offers familiar advice for fixing High Peaks hiker crunch

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released a committee’s recommendations for how to address ever-increasing hiker traffic in the High Peaks. The 55-page report — which was more than a year in the making — mostly includes suggestions that look familiar to longtime ...

AUSABLE WATER WISE: Plan ahead all the way to the trailhead

It’s finally here! The winter weekend you planned with your friends for months. Maybe you’re going cross-country skiing through Avalanche Pass or have your ice fishing tent set up on your favorite pond. If you follow the local outdoor news, you may have noticed a lot of emphasis on ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Another day, another adventure on Pitchoff Mountain

I never get bored of this hike to Pitchoff Mountain, with trailheads on state Route 73 outside of Lake Placid. It always seems as though I can find something new and interesting about this traverse each time I visit — which just so happens to be usually once a year. However, I don’t ...

Iced-in loons rescued

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is very pleased to announce that it successfully coordinated a rescue of three adult loons who were iced-in on Lake George. On Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14, local residents and birders contacted Dr. Nina Schoch, the executive ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hurricane Mountain traverse

We took advantage of living in the area and used a second car for a traverse of Hurricane Mountain. If you are not from the area, I highly recommended hooking up with other hikers to do the same. The plan was to use the Fire Warden’s Trail and the Route 9N Trail for a full day’s outing ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Silver Lake Mountain a great ‘bang for your buck’

Silver Lake Mountain is an excellent “bang for your buck” mountain and the perfect snowshoe destination for the entire family. With a short 0.9-mile hike, you will have outstanding views with a hike over varied terrain that will get everyone the full experience. I have visited this peak in ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Try an adventure to Cellar Mountain near Indian Lake

My buddy Jim and I have this crazy obsession with trailless peaks, and we are always looking for new places to explore and new terrain to break trail on. This week our eyes focused on the Indian Lake area, and a particular 3,000-foot peak located in the West Canada Lake Wilderness. We ...