Photos by Brendan Wiltse and Seth Jones

National Trails Day® in Wanakena was a huge success with close to one hundred volunteers working on trails in the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest and Five Ponds Wilderness Area. Most of the projects focused on improving the Cranberry Lake 50 Trail that traverses around Cranberry Lake and passes through the villages of Wanakena and Cranberry Lake. ADK trail volunteers started on a new reroute of the CL 50 that will remove over two miles of road walking on Route 3. Over a mile of the reroute was completed and volunteers also carried in lumber that will be used for treads on a foot bridge. Three wilderness privies were installed along the CL 50 along with a new primitive campsite. Other trail projects included new waterbars and drainage ditches on Cat Mountain, benching and sidecutting on the Gilbert Tract Ski Trail, and close to two hundred feet of dimensional lumber bog bridges was constructed on the Moore Trail in Wanakena. The post work day celebration was enjoyed by all with delicious food and beverages provided by the Pinecone Grille and excellent folk music by Rik Palieri. 

Thank you to all of our partners and sponsors that helped make this event possible!

National Trails Day - heading out to work
Heading out to a work site by boat.  Photo by Brendan Wiltse
National Trails Day - new box privies
Carrying in new box privies.  Photo by Brendan Wiltse

National Trail Day - new box privies
Carrying in new box privies. Photo by Brendan Wiltse
National Trails Day volunteers
Volunteers on Cat Mountain. Photo by Brendan Wiltse

 

National Trails Day volunteers on Moore Trail
Volunteers working on the Moore Trail.  Photo by Seth Jones
National Trails Day - Oswegatchie River
Working along the Oswegatchie River. By Seth Jones

 

National Trails Day
A lot of lumber was carried in for new bog bridging. Photo by Seth Jones

 

National Trails Day  - carrying lumber
Carrying lumber. Photo by Seth Jones

If you are interested in doing volunteer trail work this summer check out our volunteer schedule.

You can also help support ADK’s professional and volunteer trails program here.