Dear ADK Members and Supporters,

In keeping with messaging shared by Governor Cuomo and New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is encouraging its members and supporters to stay home as much as possible and to limit unnecessary travel.

Though hiking remains a permissible activity, the Governor has issued guidance that includes limiting outdoor recreation activities to avoid coming into contact with others. Toward this end, ADK strongly encourages that if you are inclined to get outdoors that you do so locally and individually. “Until more restrictive policies are issued, ADK will continue to echo directives from the relevant authorities, which is to stay local and recreate individually,” urges Tom Andrews, ADK President. Even when hiking, please be sure to observe social distancing by staying 6 feet or more from others and practice good hygiene by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.

Additionally, there are other factors to consider before planning a trip right now. Mud season is about to start in the Adirondack Park. Trails will have a combination of mud, rotten snow, and ice, presenting conditions that are both dangerous and unpredictable for hikers. Adding to this is the fact that two rangers have been pulled from the Adirondack High Peaks region to assist in COVID-19 situations downstate, adding additional risk factors for hikers. “For those who aim to get outside, please be mindful that forest rangers and other first responders are faced with an enormous public safety concern right now and should not have resources taxed by ill-advised adventure,” said Michael Barrett, Executive Director of ADK. With poor trail conditions in the Adirondacks and fewer rangers in case of emergency, now is the time to stay local and choose low-risk hikes.

Please be aware that ADK closed its lodging facilities, the High Peaks Information Center, and Member Service Center on March 16 through April 30. ADK is following the situation closely and will provide updates on those closures as we move closer to the end of April. You can read more about the closures here.

ADK remains committed to consistent communications throughout this ever-changing situation. We thank you for your support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Michael Barrett

Executive Director