Each trail is a story. From trailhead to summit, the paths beneath our feet tell us something about the place we are visiting, the people who have come before us, and ourselves. With over 2,000 miles of trails, the Adirondack Park contains a great legacy within its vast network. Today that story is in jeopardy, and we need your help to save it.
The Adirondack Park’s trails depict the vision of the early hiking guides, who sought to create the most direct routes to summits, regardless of environmental consequences. Traveling along streambeds, through wetlands, and over alpine habitat, these trails were not built with long-term impacts in mind.
Today these paths are degrading before our very eyes. With more hikers on the trail than ever before and climate change-related storms increasing in frequency year by year, the legacy of the Adirondack Park’s trailblazers is eroding, leaving behind paths that are unsafe and unsustainable for today’s generation.
But today’s crisis is tomorrow’s opportunity. Recent advancements in trail design provide us with a blueprint for constructing trails that can minimize erosion, protect surrounding vegetation, and maintain safety—all while giving hikers the same peak experience that our predecessors desired. With your continued support, we can reshape the present in order to preserve the future.
ADK is leading the charge to bring this new vision to the Adirondacks. This summer, we are combining pillars of our trails program—youth engagement, volunteer service, and professional trail work—to lay the groundwork for a new, sustainably designed Long Trail to the summit of Mt. Jo.
Drawing over 15,000 hikers a year, this iconic peak is where we will make a statement: that the Adirondack Park is the crown jewel of New York’s public lands, and it deserves a world-class trail network to match. Throughout the summer, volunteers and professional staff will work hand-in-hand to make this vision a reality.
With your help, ADK would like to write a new story for the trails of the Adirondacks, one that emphasizes sustainability for our environment and safety for the generations that follow in our bootsteps. Your donation today will put more tools in the hands of our volunteers, more professional trail workers in the backcountry, and bring more resilient trails to the Adirondack Park.
We can’t do it without you. Thank you for supporting sustainable trail design with your donation today.
Andrew Hamlin Michael Barrett
Trails Coordinator Executive Director
P.S. Your tax-deductible contribution to ADK will ensure better trails. Thank you for making a difference!