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Adirondack Mountain Club issues a post-flood guide to High Peaks trails

By Stephen Williams
Thursday, August 30, 2012

A year after Tropical Storm Irene washed out foot bridges, closed hiking trails and created new slides in the Adirondack High Peaks, the Adirondack Mountain Club has released an expanded and revised guidebook to the region.

“Adirondack Mountain Club High Peaks Trails,” the 14th edition of a guidebook ADK first published in 1934, is a comprehensive guide to trails throughout the High Peaks region. The new edition reflects changes wrought by nature over time and due to storm damage, as well as those arising from subsequent work to reopen and reroute popular hiking trails.

“High Peaks Trails” is designed to be used with the new edition of National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated Map 742, “Lake Placid/High Peaks,” and the eastern side of National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated Map 746, “Saranac/Paul Smiths.”

Guidebook editors Tony Goodwin and David Thomas-Train have added many new trails, including popular hikes up the massive, isolated Lyon Mountain in the north, and small, steep Cheney Mountain in the east, and well as the Champlain Area Trail System.

In addition to narrative descriptions, ADK guidebooks supply readers with information on rules and regulations, how to find the trailhead, where to park, trail mileages, elevation gains and heights, and other navigational information.

The High Peaks region comprises all of the Adirondack peaks with elevations over 4,000 feet, as well as numerous other mountains under 4,000 feet, and is the most popular part of the Adirondacks for hiking.

A new “Eastern Trails” guide, also edited by Thomas-Train, is also currently available, with other new regional editions for other parts of the Adirondacks and Catskills slated for release later this year.

“High Peaks Trails” is 280 pages and is available in paperback for $19.95 at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling 800-395-8080 or online at www.adk.org.

 

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