National Trails Day

Save the Date: June 3rd, 2017 – Lake Placid, NY

You are all invited to celebrate National Trails Day®  with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) on June 3rd.  ADK will be hosting ten different trail projects that vary in difficulty to ensure there is something for everybody.

This year’s event will take place at the Adirondak Loj, which is located just outside of Lake Placid, NY.  ADK is excited to host this event at its premier facility at Heart Lake and to be partnering with the Forty Sixers, Barkeater Trail Alliance, and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5. Trail projects will take place in the High Peaks Wilderness and Saranac Lake Wild Forest.

ADK is offering free camping at its Wilderness Campground for all registered participants on both Friday and Saturday nights (ADK has reserved a set number of sites).

On Friday evening from 6-8 PM, there will be a social gathering for trail volunteers with snacks and beverages in front of the Adirondak Loj in our event tent. Information about Saturday’s trail projects will be available along with a chance to meet crew leaders and fellow volunteers.

At the end of the work day on Saturday, all trail volunteers are invited to the Adirondak Loj for a recognition dinner. The Adirondak Loj is located next to the picturesque Heart Lake and is surrounded by the High Peaks. Look forward to a delicious meal, live music and fun prizes.

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Cascade Mountain Trail (FULL)

During the trail work day at Cascade Mountain, the focus will be to repair and maintain existing drainage structures.  Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as pick mattocks, hazel hos, shovels, and large pry bars while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. We will hike approximately 5 miles roundtrip from the trailhead to the summit carrying with us tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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Van Hoevenberg Trail

Volunteers will be repairing existing drainages, and importing rocks and mineral soil to raise wet sections of tread. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pruning loppers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, axes, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. We will hike approximately 2 miles from the trailhead to the project location carrying with us our tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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Mr. Van Campsites

The existing privy at the end of south meadows road will need to be relocated. In addition, volunteers will be hardening, and cleaning up the existing campsites in the area. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pruning loppers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, axes, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. Volunteers are expected to drive to the end of South Meadows Rd. where their crew leader will be waiting to greet them.  Please remember to bring your lunch.
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Roaring Brook Falls Campsite

The existing privy at Roaring Brook Falls will need to be relocated. In addition, volunteers will be hardening, and cleaning up the existing campsites in the area. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pruning loppers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, axes, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. Since parking space is limited at the trailhead, your volunteer leader will shuttle participants to and from the trailhead. Please refer to the information packet you will receive upon registration for meeting time and location.   Please remember to bring your lunch.
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Iron Mountain (FULL)

New trail is to be installed on Iron Mountain in the Giant Mountain Wilderness.  Work will involve grading new trail, and cutting saplings, and branches to create an open corridor. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pruning loppers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, axes, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. Since parking space is limited at the trailhead, your volunteer leader will shuttle participants to and from the trailhead. Please refer to the information packet you will receive upon registration for meeting time and location. We will hike approximately one and half miles on a steep grade from the trailhead to the work location carrying with us our personal gear, tools, and your lunch.
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Scarface Mountain

On Scarface Mountain participants will be replacing simple foot bridges using dimensional lumber. After the bridge work is complete we will make our way to the summit.  Along the way we will clean drainages, and brush in herd paths.  Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pick mattocks, hammers, and shovels while working on the projects. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work.  We will hike approximately 5 miles roundtrip, carrying with us our tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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Van Hoevenberg Trail – Marcy Dam

The existing privy at the Marcy Dam campsites will need to be relocated. In addition, volunteers will be hardening, and cleaning up the existing campsites in the area. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pruning loppers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, axes, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. We will hike approximately 4.5 miles roundtrip, carrying with us our tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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Avalanche Pass Trail – Marcy Dam (FULL)

Starting just past the scenic Marcy Dam area, existing drainage structures are in need of repair. Work will involve digging out and cleaning these structures.  In addition lumber needs to be hauled from Marcy Dam to the Avalanche Camps. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such aspick mattocks, pruning loppers, shovels, and large pry bars while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. We will hike approximately 7 miles round trip carrying with us tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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Indian Pass Trail (FULL)

During the trail work day on the Indian Pass trail, a volunteer trail crew will concentrate their efforts on improving rock waterbars and cutting back encroaching vegetation. Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, pruning loppers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. We will hike approximately 4 miles roundtrip, carrying with us our tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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ADK All-Access Trail (FULL)

This existing wheelchair accessible trail that is located on ADK’s Heart Lake Property is in need of a tune up. Gravel needs to be imported where it has washed away over the years.  In addition, drainage structures will be installed.  Volunteers can expect to use basic hand tools such as hand saws, hammers, pick mattocks, large pry bars, and shovels while working on the project. ADK Crew Leaders will provide instruction in the safe and efficient operation of all tools prior to beginning work. We will hike approximately two tenths of a mile to the project location carrying with us our tools, personal gear, and your lunch.
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