ADIRONDACKS – With Memorial Day weekend marking the start of the most-intense hiking season in the Adirondacks, an environmental organization has released a new online guide to 100 Adirondack hikes outside the High Peaks region, where people can experience natural beauty and a sense of wilderness without the crowds.
Protect the Adirondacks said its goal in publishing the guide is to steer people to destinations outside the High Peaks, were crowds have grown in recent years to the point where the state Department of Environmental Conservation is eyeing the need for more visitor management.
These online trail guides provide maps and information for 100 trails in all corners of the Adirondacks Park. Some of the recommended destinations are close to the Capital Region, including Hadley Mountain and Spruce Mountain in northern Saratoga County, and Kane Mountain and Nine Corner Lake in Fulton County.
“The online guides showcase 100 terrific hikes for people of all ages and abilities to mountains, fire towers, bogs, remote lakes, and waterfalls. These are wonderful places, many off the beaten path, that are far outside the busy High Peaks Wilderness,” said Peter Bauer, executive director of Protect the Adirondacks.
The online trail guide includes description of the hikes, pictures, and maps. They also include information about trail length and difficulty, and education about “Leave No Trace” hiking etiquette to protect natural resources and the experience for other hikers. The hikes are generally shorter and easier than most of the popular hikes in the High Peaks Wilderness, Protect noted.
A recent DEC High Peaks Strategic Advisory Group report called for the state making efforts to disperse hikers into other parts of the Adirondack Park, and Protect officials see their guide as helping with that effort. Trails in its guide are organized by county.
“Hiking is the easiest outdoor activity for a person to undertake. That’s why it’s so popular. As long as somebody can get to the trailhead, it’s a highly accessible activity,” Bauer said.
“We encourage all hikers on Memorial Day Weekend to be prepared for their hike with water and food, appropriate clothing, headlamp or flashlight, map and compass, and be prepared to responsibly deal with human waste. Hikers should educate themselves about Leave No Trace hiking etiquette,” Bauer said.
The 100 online trail guides are posted under “Hiking Trails” on the Protect the Adirondacks’ website: https://www.protectadks.org/online-guide-to-hiking-trails-in-the-adirondack-park/
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