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Outdoors

DEC issues fire danger warning

ALBANY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Wednesday, July 1 urged New Yorkers to practice the utmost safety during the upcoming holiday weekend because dry weather throughout the month of June has increased the risk of fires. “We were ...

High Peaks planners submit proposals

The state-appointed High Peaks Strategic Planning Advisory Group has released its recommendations for mitigating the impact of increased hiker traffic in the High Peaks wilderness. The group’s new 18-page report — supplemented by 25 pages of information from the state Department of ...

Cousins break Adirondack 46er speed record

WILMINGTON — When cousins Mike Jaworski, Dan Fronhofer and Paul Fronhofer came out of the woods at the Esther Mountain trailhead Thursday, June 18, they were drained. They had not slept in over 24 hours, they had eaten all but a smidgen of their food, and they had hiked all 46 High Peaks ...

DEC reopens 16 Adirondack campgrounds

The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday announced that 16 of its campgrounds in the Adirondack Park and four more in the Catskill Park will open on Friday for the 2020 season. The Adirondack sites are as follows: •  Buck Pond Campground and Day Use Area, ...

ORDA eyes new riverside trail by Olympic ski jumps

LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is exploring the possibility of constructing a new river walk trail at the ski jump complex. The preliminary plans follow a series of planned upgrades at local Olympic facilities, in collaboration with the state Department of ...

Popular ‘90-Miler’ paddling race canceled for this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Watershed Alliance, in cooperation with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, has decided to cancel the 2020 Adirondack Canoe Classic, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-13. The decision is based on the uncertainty of the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: The Ha-Da-Ron-Dah: A true wilderness experience

This is one of my favorite stomping grounds, mainly due to its vast wilderness feel, seclusion, vistas, and scenic attraction. The Ha-Da-Ron-Dah which is Native American for bark eater, is part of what is called Region 6 and split by two towns and counties; town of Webb in Herkimer County, and ...

SWIMMING IN TREES: The Kunjamuk River and Cave Hill

The Kunjamuk River in my opinion is one of the finest in the Adirondack Park. Not only does it open up the senses to a world beyond hiking, but it gives a unique feel of adventure as you move along the oxbows through the narrows and amongst the wildflowers. During our most recent visit, we ...

A common loon was taking a bath, while getting rescued

RAY BROOK — Nina Schoch had a loon in her bathtub. It wasn’t the first time. Schoch, a wildlife veterinarian and executive director of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation in Saranac Lake, rehabilitates injured animals from her home semi-regularly. This was the first loon this ...

‘90-Miler’ paddling race canceled for this year

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Watershed Alliance, in cooperation with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, has decided to cancel the 2020 Adirondack Canoe Classic, originally scheduled for Sept. 11-13. The decision is based on the uncertainty of the direction of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ...

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 ...