Spring Patrols, High Peaks Region
MAY 5

At the start of every hiking season when the snow melts off the mountains an initial patrol is conducted on most of the trails in the Eastern High Peaks. The focus of the patrol is to remove any debris that has accumulated in drainage ditches and waterbars so that they are ready to drain properly throughout the summer. Volunteers will also remove any blown down trees and also sidecut any encroaching vegetation from the trails so they are cleared for the summer rush. FREE

2018 Spring Patrol Projects
The following projects will be offered this year for Spring Patrol. Most of the projects will leave directly from the HPIC on Saturday morning.  Those on the JBL project will be shuttled from the HPIC parking lot to the Garden trailhead in Keene Valley, NY.

1. Avalanche Lake (Hard): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Marcy Dam up to Avalanche Lake. Total Hiking Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation Gain: 900’
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2. Crossover/Lake Arnold Junction (Hard): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Marcy Dam to the crossover/Lake Arnold Junction. Total Hiking Mileage: 8.4 miles. Elevation Gain: 1500
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3. Johns Brook Lodge (Moderate): This Crew will clear drainages and remove blowdown from the garden parking lot to Johns Brook Lodge. Total Hiking Mileage:  7 miles.  Elevation Gain 300′
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4. Marcy Dam (Easy): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from the HPIC to Marcy Dam. Total hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles. Elevation Gain: 180’
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5. Mr. Van Ski Trail (Easy): This crew will remove blowdown and cut back encroaching vegetation on the Mr. Van Ski Trail. Total Hiking Mileage 4.4 miles.  Elevation gain 150′
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6. Mt Jo (Easy): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown on the Long and Short trails on Mt. Jo. Total Hiking Mileage: 2.4 miles. Elevation Gain: 650’
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7. Scott Clearing (Moderate): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Heart Lake to Scott Clearing. Total Hiking Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation Gain: 200’
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