National Trails Day
Save the Date: June 1, 2019 – Cranberry Lake, NY
You are all invited to celebrate National Trails Day® with ADK on June 1. 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 in Cranberry Lake, NY. ADK is excited to host this event and to be partnering with Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6. Trail projects will take place in the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, Five Ponds Wilderness Area, and the Conifer Emporium Easement
ADK is offering free camping at the Cranberry Lake State Campground for all registered participants on both Friday and Saturday nights (ADK has reserved a set number of sites).
On Friday afternoon at 3:30 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lost Pond Interpretative trail. In the evening from 6-8 PM, there will be a social gathering for trail volunteers with snacks and beverages in the Campground Pavilion. 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 Pine Cone Grill in Wanakena, NY for a recognition dinner. Look forward to a delicious meal, live music, and fun prizes.
Where: Cranberry Lake Wild Forest (CLWF), Five Ponds Wilderness Area (FPWA), (CEE) Conifer Emporium Easement
When: 8 am to 3:30 pm, Volunteers will meet at designated trailheads. Directions provided upon registration. This event is free of charge for all participants; donations appreciated.
Bear Mountain Lean-to (CLWF):
During the trail work day at the Bear Mountain lean-to, the focus will be to apply new stain, and clean up around the Lean-to. If necessary, the crew will also relocate an existing privy. Total hiking distance, 1.5 miles mile round trip.
Olmstead Pond Lean-to and Campsites (FPWA):
The crew will to apply new stain, and clean up around the Lean-to, and other nearby campsites. If necessary, the crew will also relocate existing privies. The crew will access the trailhead via pontoon boat. Total hiking distance, 4 miles round trip.
Janack’s Lean-to and Campsite (FPWA):
Work will focus on staining the Janack’s lean-to, clean fire pits and campsites. The crew will access the worksite via pontoon boat.
Joe Indian Island (CLWF):
During the trail work day on Joe Indian Island, the crew will be cleaning around the popular campsites. The crew will access the worksite via pontoon boat.
Dead Creek Flow (FPWA):
Several campsites along dead creek flow need to be spruced up. Work may also include relocating existing privies. The crew will access the trailhead via pontoon boat. Total hiking distance, 3 miles round trip.
Lost Pond Trail (CEE):
The crew will concentrate their efforts on installing a stone turnpike, and drainage structures. 2 miles round trip.
Lost Pond Trail Interpretive Hike (CEE):
A guided hike and light maintenance along the newly opened Lost Pond Trail. Adults must be accompanied by children. Total hiking distance, 2.2 miles roundtrip. Please note that this project will not take all day to complete. The hike should be finished at around noon.
Campground Trail (CLWF):
The crew will install 2 sections of bog bridging. Time permitting they will also stage lumber needed for a larger bridge project. Total hiking distance, 4 miles round trip.
Cat Mountain Trail (FPWA):
During the trail work day, a volunteer trail crew will concentrate their efforts on building and cleaning drainages. The crew will access the trailhead via a pontoon boat. Total hiking distance, 3.8 miles roundtrip.
East Connector Trail/Bear Mt. Trail (CLWF):
Side-cut and clear drainages. Start at Gilbert Tract trailhead, finish at Cranberry Lake Campground. Crew leader will shuttle everyone to trailhead in the morning. Total hiking distance, 5.5 miles.