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Outdoors

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 ...

Keene suspends hiker shuttle indefinitely

KEENE — The hiker shuttle run by the town of Keene will not operate for the foreseeable future. The shuttle, which transports hikers from Marcy Field to the popular Garden trailhead, will not start service for the upcoming season amid concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: East Mountain and Black Peak

It’s hard to believe it was just a few days ago that spring hit the north-country. Well you wouldn’t know it; we had just had a fresh snowfall and seemed we were back into January again. Even though the snowpack still wasn’t all that deep, the solid crust we had made adventurous ...

DEC offers COVID-19 guidance for fishing charters, guides and anglers

New York state is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting ...

Adirondack forest ranger tests positive for COVID-19

A state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger based in the Adirondack Park has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The forest ranger was deployed downstate to help with the state’s coronavirus response when he was exposed to the ...

SWIMMING THROUGH TREES: Hiking Twin Mountain: Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest

First a little background on Twin Mountain: Twin Mountain doesn’t really have an official name. However, it was given this name by the locals (I can only assume). I found this unofficially and suitably named peak in the Unit Management Plan for the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest and it showed a ...

ORDA closing some venues, reducing visitation at others

LAKE PLACID -- The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is closing some of its venues and reducing the capacity of visitation at others amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, more major events at ORDA venues have been canceled, including the International Skating Union's World ...

Work underway on Whiteface Mid-Station

WILMINGTON — Work has begun on a new Mid-Station Lodge at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority posted a photo of construction equipment atop the snow-covered mountain on social media March 3 with the caption: “Great news, ground work has started ...