Hiking This Fall in the Adirondacks (Hurricane Damage)

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Hiking This Fall in the Adirondacks (Hurricane Damage)

Postby CampADK » Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:23 pm

Thought I would post a bit of info and links for campers regarding hiking in the High Peaks this fall, especially with Labour Day coming up. There has been extensive damage across the High Peaks area and much of the area is closed, and will likely remain closed for some time due to the damage.

The area around Keene was pretty much devastated by Hurricane Irene with several roads and a few bridges destroyed. See http://www.511ny.org/traffic.aspx for road closures.

The trails of the entire eastern high peaks wilderness, Dix Wilderness, and Giant Mtn Wilderness have all been closed indefinitely, at least through Labor Day weekend.

To check for conditions of trails, consult (or ask questions) the various ADK forums...

http://www.adkforum.com/
http://forums.adkhighpeaks.com/

Also see the update from the DEC regarding the high peaks area... http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9198.html

Best bet for hiking it would appear, would be to stick to something west of the high peaks such as Ampersand, Panther, St Regis, Baker. The area west of Lake Placid seem to have survived pretty well, although Meacham Lake is apparently closed due to damage. You might want to do a bit of research before heading out on your hike to ensure the trail is safe and passable.

Before entering the backcounty, you can check with the local Forest Ranger regarding the conditions of a trail. See http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/677.html

Hope this is useful!
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Re: Hiking This Fall in the Adirondacks (Hurricane Damage)

Postby CampADK » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:08 pm

I should also mention that the road to the ADK LOJ is also out (and many guest at the lodge have been stranded), so the area is not accessible.

More updates on closures and areas to avoid hiking...

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes/
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Re: Hiking This Fall in the Adirondacks (Hurricane Damage)

Postby Marbel » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:36 pm

Good info Dave. Thanks.

Wow, that photo of the Adk Loj road! :shock:

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