April 8, 2020 – Based on current projections for the trajectory of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) has decided to extend its property closures through May 14 to continue minimizing risks associated with the spread of the disease. This applies to all properties that were closed on March 16, which are:
- Heart Lake Program Center (Lake Placid)
- Adirondak Loj
- Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake
- Heart Lake Cabins
- High Peaks Information Center
- Johns Brook Property (Keene Valley)
- Johns Brook Lodge
- Grace Camp and Camp Peggy O’Brien
- Johns Brook Lean-tos
- Member Service Center (Lake George)
Our staff are still available by phone and email, including our front office. The following functions are considered essential services by New York State and remain available by phone and the internet:
- Lodging and camping reservations for dates past May 14
- Education program reservations for dates past May 14
- Online retail
- Membership sales
Reserved Guests and Program Participants: If you are a reserved guest at either the Heart Lake Program Center or Johns Brook Property between May 1 and May 14, you will receive a full refund for payments made on your stay. In-person program participants will have the option to either transfer to a later program or receive a full refund. If you have any questions, you can reach our front desk staff at 518-523-3441 from 8am-5pm daily or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day-Hikers: In keeping with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation messaging, we strongly encourage hikers to recreate locally and individually during this time. Be aware that a number of NYS forest rangers have been called in to assist with coronavirus efforts downstate, so rescue resources are limited. Additionally, mud season conditions persist in the High Peaks Wilderness, making for unpredictable and potentially dangerous trail conditions.
If you live locally, hiker parking at the Heart Lake Program Center remains open to the public, as do the restrooms on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center. Please be aware that bear canister, snowshoe, and microspike rentals are not available. Parking fees are required to park at our facility. We encourage visitors to park at least six feet apart in order to strengthen social distancing measures at our property.
ADK Members and Chapters: Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” executive order remains in effect. This requires the cancellation of all non-essential gatherings, which includes parties, outings, group hikes, and so forth, until the order has been lifted. If you have any essential meetings, we recommend using video or phone conferencing to do so. ADK staff are currently conducting meetings remotely using Zoom. If you need help with setting up remote conferencing, please reach out to Ben Brosseau, Director of Communications, using the contact info at the end of this document.
ADK will monitor the spread of novel coronavirus throughout this closure. As we near May 14, we will determine whether to extend closures any further. We will send out another notice announcing either the continuation of this closure, or the reopening of our properties. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow key preventative measures as outlined by the New York State Department of Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Communications and Media
Director of Communications
518-523-3441, ext. 114
Director of North Country Operations
518-523-3441, ext. 116
518-523-3441, ext. 119