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DEC reroutes Cascade trail over Columbus Day weekend

DEC reroutes Cascade trail over Columbus Day weekend

In 2015, DEC counted over 30,000 names signed in at the trail's register
DEC reroutes Cascade trail over Columbus Day weekend
The view from Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks.
Photographer: Shutterstock

The Adirondacks' most popular High Peaks trail will be rerouted for the Columbus Day weekend, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The trailhead and parking off state Route 73 that serves Cascade, Porter and Pitchoff mountains will be closed, while hikers will be asked to park at the Mt. Hoevenberg Sports Complex.

Roadside parking along that stretch of road, which fills up with cars on busy weekends, will also be prohibited - a parking ban state police promise to enforce.

Cascade and Porter are among the most hiked High Peaks because of the trailhead's proximity to Route 73 and the trail's short distance compared to other summits. In 2015, DEC counted over 30,000 names signed in at the trail's register.

"The Cascade Mountain trailhead is presently a parking hazard and nightmare," Town of North Elba Supervisor Roby Politi said in a DEC statement.

The temporary trailhead will be at the Mt. Hovenberg Sports Complex a little over a mile past the current roadside trailhead and parking. The roundtrip hike from the temporary trailhead to Cascade will be 8.6 miles, 3.6 miles longer than the route leaving the roadside trailhead. 

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