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Outdoors

Route 73 hiker shuttle will begin on Saturday

A new shuttle system, designed to alleviate longstanding parking issues along state Route 73 by bringing hikers to their desired High Peaks trailhead, is expected to start service on Saturday, Aug. 21. The state Department of Environmental Conservation — which is partnering with Essex ...

ADK looks to buy Cascade Ski Center

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Mountain Club has applied for state funding to purchase the Cascade Ski Center, with the goal of keeping the cross-country ski trails open and using the main building to expand capacity for its educational and hiker outreach programs. ADK Executive Director ...

Norah Galvin summits 46th High Peak on 14th birthday

LAKE PLACID — Norah Galvin was 5 years old when she climbed her first High Peak. Like any childhood memory, some details of the experience have faded over time. Galvin remembers running around with her friend, Zarela Gulli, on their way to the top. She remembers it being an overcast ...

Trapped in Mount Colden Trap Dike

Forest rangers and volunteer climbers rescued a hiker with a minor leg injury who was stuck on a ledge in the Mount Colden Trap Dike on Saturday, July 31. This was the second technical rope and helicopter rescue at the Trap Dike this summer and the fourth in the last two years. “DEC has ...

Updated trailhead offers southern access to High Peaks

NEWCOMB — The Adirondac Upper Works trailhead was busy Friday morning, July 30, with hikers and campers embarking on and returning from trips into the High Peaks Wilderness as members of Open Space Institute showed off the new work they’ve put into the trailhead here. There’s a new, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking the Elk Lake Preserve, day 3 of 3

We had just come down off of Sunrise Mountain, with a decent little hop in our step, and we were looking forward to checking out a couple of peaks we’d never been up before: Clear Pond Mountain and Grandpa Pete Mountain. The trailhead was a little farther down the road than the one for ...