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3 Things to Know about Winter Hiking Above Tree Line

2021-01-26T08:57:30-05:00

Tree line: the line or altitude above which no trees grow. Many popular summits in the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness—namely Cascade, Wright, Algonquin, and Marcy—have sections of trail that are completely exposed above tree line. While this offers astounding views of the surrounding landscape, it also brings with it important READ MORE

Our Favorite Shoulder Season Hikes: Western Adirondacks

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

Running from mid-October through early December and late March through May, shoulder season is a great time of year to explore low elevation hikes in the Adirondack Park. As the seasons shift, snow and ice packs are often unstable at higher elevations—especially in the High Peaks Wilderness—making for unsafe and READ MORE

Why We Say “Cotton Kills”

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

The phrase “cotton kills” is an old adage in outdoor recreation circles. Though it might sound dramatic, this statement is actually supported by science. Cotton greatly increases the risk of hypothermia for outdoor recreators because a) it absorbs significantly more water than other fabrics, and b) loses the ability to READ MORE

Plan Ahead and Prepare: Packing the Ten Essentials

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

As you pack for your next outdoor adventure, ask yourself: if I get hurt or lost, do I have what I need to survive a night in the backcountry? If you have packed the Ten Essentials, then your answer should be “yes”! What are the Ten Essentials? The Ten Essentials READ MORE

Diversity, the Adirondacks, and ADK

2021-01-26T08:57:31-05:00

The following appeared in the 2020 Sep/Oct issue of Adirondac Magazine By Tim Rowland During the racial discord of the 1960s, hikers in the Adirondacks couldn’t help but notice that very few if any people of color were availing themselves of the trails. More than a half century later, some READ MORE

Hiking During Coronavirus: Please Pack a Face Mask

2020-05-15T09:00:40-04:00

Update 5/15: Last night, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order extending "New York on PAUSE" for regions of the state that do not meet the requirements to begin reopening. This extends restrictions on non-essential travel, gatherings, and other risk-reducing strategies for these parts of the state. With the governor’s “New READ MORE

Special Notice: Hike Locally, Individually

2021-01-26T08:57:38-05:00

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 READ MORE

Mud Season: Quick Facts

2021-03-23T07:58:46-04:00

Just what is mud season? Running anytime from late March into mid-June—it varies each year depending on weather—mud season is when hiking trails in the Adirondacks are most susceptible to damage. Thanks to continuous waves of snow melt, mud becomes a constant on hiking trails, creating prime conditions for erosion. READ MORE

The Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley will be Closed for Summer 2019

2021-01-26T08:57:46-05:00

Press release from the Town of Keene: The Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead – one of the main access points to the eastern High Peak Wilderness – will be closed to public motor vehicles during the spring and summer of 2019 due to the replacement of the Johns READ MORE

Hiking Preparedness

2021-01-26T08:57:49-05:00

A walk in the woods should always warrant a need for certain gear in your bag.  You may never need to use any of these items but it is always better to have and not use than to not have and need.  With the number of people, realizing the benefits READ MORE