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Hikers pack High Peaks for past peak foliage Columbus Day weekend

KEENE VALLEY — The smell was one that candle makers have tried to capture for generations. In the early morning hours on Saturday, Oct. 10, the unmistakable scent of fall in the Adirondacks permeated the trails in Keene Valley: pine, fresh air, the slightest hint of dampness. At the ...

Governor takes ‘Lake Saranac’ fishing trip

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Saranac Lake on Saturday, Oct. 10. The governor, who has vacationed in the Adirondacks many times, spent the day fishing with one of his three daughters, Cara, on one of the three Saranac lakes, Cuomo’s office confirmed Monday, Oct. 12. Staff ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Taking a look at Marsh Ponds — Sentinel Range

I have been on a bushwhacking frenzy lately, and it’s nice to be able to share my experiences with you. I so often end up only having a few hours to play on a given day, so it’s very hard to find a partner to go with, so thank you for listening. I started this mini-adventure at the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Fall paddle: Connery Pond to Long Pond

The carry is a bit narrow with odd footing, but is a short distance (0.25 miles) where conditions really don’t matter unless you are carrying a Viking ship. A boat that drafts less water can be put in at the outlet, part way up the carry trail, but it is typically too shallow especially ...

GIVING BACK: A ride close to home

LAKE PLACID — When her son was 13, Jill Cardinale Segger was launched onto a pathway that no parent wants to go on. Her son Duncan, who is now a member of USA Luge’s national senior team, came back from a luge event in Park City, Utah with a lump on his neck. He was later diagnosed with ...

Hardy Kids continue upgrading Wilmington bike park

WILMINGTON — Improvements continue here at the town’s mountain bike park, known as Randy’s Bike Park. Throughout the past few years, as Wilmington has slowly become a destination for mountain biking, two local kids and a small group of volunteers have been working on transforming a ...

3 Mount Marcy rescues in one night

KEENE — State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers conducted three rescues on the tallest mountain in the state on Saturday, Sept. 5. The rescues all happened in the span of one night, between 4 p.m. and midnight, according to DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino. The string of ...

Lost in dark on Haystack Mountain, hikers burned clothes for torchlight

RAY BROOK — Two hikers, who apparently didn’t bring headlamps, burned their clothing for light after getting lost in the dark on the trail to Haystack Mountain recently, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This occurred on the Haystack Mountain in Ray Brook ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Kees Hill: A short scramble

As many of you may know, I like to get off the beaten path once in a while and explore new places that many don’t see or even think about twice. One weekend, I left Sunday to be my play day. Wouldn’t you know it, it rained most of the day, with a couple small windows of opportunity, which I ...

Labor Day weekend brings familiar rush of nature seekers

KEENE VALLEY — The Labor Day weekend brought a rush of nature-seekers to the High Peaks region, filling trailhead parking lots early each day. This part of the Adirondacks has continued to see historic levels of hiker traffic throughout the last few years. Despite the ongoing closure of ...

Adirondack Council pushes for hiker permits

The Adirondack Council, an Elizabethtown-based environmental group, is again pressing for a hiker permit or reservation system that would let the state manage the number of hikers traveling through busy wilderness areas. The Council backed the creation of a hiker permit or reservation ...

Hikers ignore signs, hindering Jackrabbit Trail work

LAKE PLACID — Crews doing work on a section of the Jackrabbit Trail between McKenzie Pass and Lake Placid have been working this month to clear trees and improve drainage, but despite putting up signs telling hikers of the section’s closure — warning of danger and rangers — work there ...

Pop-up High Peaks hiker information stations open

KEENE VALLEY — Visitors to the High Peaks region have a new resource for hiking information here. Faced with historic levels of hiker traffic to the Adirondack Park — including many new visitors looking to get outdoors this summer following months of stay-at-home recommendations amid the ...

Apple picking time comes early

SARANAC LAKE — “‘The bear is in the apple tree!’” Andy Kelly was tending to the chickens he and his wife Chessie Monks-Kelly own Tueday morning, Aug. 11, at their Park Avenue home when he saw a black bear up in an apple tree, using its powerful jaws and paws to rip out branches and ...

Amid pandemic, bikes are wheely tough to find

In the basement shop of Saranac Lake’s Human Power Planet Earth, Mike Campbell is the only mechanic working on a room so filled with bicycles that it looks more like a storage locker than a repair shop. The showroom on Main Street is closed for a few days so owner John Dimon can get caught up ...

Boat shops booming

As many small businesses across the state and the country shutter, some permanently, in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, a thankful group of local boat shop owners is not only surviving but thriving. Traffic may be down on the roads and in the skies, but the water is crowded. “It’s ...

Whiteface Mountain opens Aug. 1 for family activities

WILMINGTON -- State Olympic Regional Development Authority officials announced today that the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center will open for scenic gondola rides, hiking and disc golf on Saturday, Aug. 1. These activities will be available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. ...

Governor postpones $3B ‘Restore Mother Nature Bond Act’ to next year

The $3 billion Restore Mother Nature Bond Act will not be seen on the ballot Nov. 3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed the state would postpone a voter referendum on the bond act — one piece of a larger $33 billion, five-year plan to fight climate change — until 2021. If ...

Green groups call for state preservation of Whitney Park

Shortly after the owner of a historic 36,000-acre Long Lake estate announced on Wednesday that he plans to sell the property for $180 million, conservationists said they wanted the state to step in and buy it. The Whitney Park property — which John Hendrickson, the widower of Saratoga ...