WORKSHOPS


May 1 & June 19, Trail Steward/Maintainer Workshop
This workshop is intended to give trail maintainers an understanding of basic trail maintenance concepts and standards and is mandatory for aspiring ADK Trail Stewards. Topics that will be demonstrated and discussed are cleaning drainage, blowdown removal, side-cutting, and trail marking. The May 1st workshop will be conducted on the main hiking trail that ascends Arab Mountain in the town of Piercefield. The June 19th workshop will be held on the main hiking trail that ascends Blue Mountain in the town of Blue Mountain Lake. Detailed directions are included when you register.

COST: FREE – no participation fee, donations appreciated.

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May 1, Mt. Arab REGISTER NOW
June 19, Blue Mountain REGISTER NOW


SPECIAL EVENTS


May 8, Spring Patrols, High Peaks Region

At the start of every hiking season when the snow melts off the mountains an initial patrol is conducted on most of the trails in the Eastern High Peaks. The focus of the patrol is to remove any debris that has accumulated in drainage ditches and water bars so that they are ready to drain properly throughout the summer. Volunteers will also remove any blown down trees and also side-cut any encroaching vegetation from the trails so they are cleared for the summer rush. Social distancing and other COVID-19 related protocols will be enacted. More details about those protocols can be found through our on-line registration.

COST: Participation is free of charge, donations welcome!

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2021 Spring Patrol Projects

The following projects will be offered this year for Spring Patrols. To limit large gatherings, all projects will meet at separate locations on Saturday morning. You will find your exact meeting location in your registration confirmation email. Please check your spam folder if you do see the confirmation email in your inbox.

  1. Avalanche Lake (Hard): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Marcy Dam up to Avalanche Lake. Total Hiking Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation Gain: 900’
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  2. ADK Property Ski Trails (Moderate) this crew will work on creating a new ski trail on property. Total Hiking Mileage: 3 miles: Little or no elevation gain.
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  3. Marcy Dam (Easy): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from the HPIC to Marcy Dam. Total hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles. Elevation Gain: 180’
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  4. Mt Jo (Easy): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown on the Long and Short trails on Mt. Jo. Total Hiking Mileage: 2.4 miles. Elevation Gain: 650’
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  5. Scott Clearing (Moderate): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Heart Lake to Scott Clearing. Total Hiking Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation Gain: 200’
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June 5, ADK Trails Day, Heart Lake Property, Lake Placid

Important COVID-19 related changes to the program: We have decided to forgo the Saturday evening dinner and social this year.  Getting a chance to meet everyone on Saturday is the highlight of the project for me.  We are hopeful this will be a temporary issue and we will be able to offer all of the normal activities in 2022.  Be aware that you will be responsible for providing all of your meals.  A complete set of COVID-19 protocols can be found in your registration packet.

Free camping is available both Friday and Saturday nights at the Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake for all participants.  Your campsite will be reserved upon request during the registration process.

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2021 ADK Trails Day Projects

  1. Jo Long Trail side-cutting: During the trail work day at the Mt Jo Long trail, the focus will be to establish a new trail corridor. Participants will side-cut and remove blowdown along the new route. Total hiking distance: 2 miles round trip.
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  2. Jo Long Trail benching: The crew will work to cut a new benched trail to the summit of Mt. Jo. Hand tools will be used to create the trail.  Total hiking distance: 2 miles round trip.
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  3. Jo Long Trail rock turnpiking: Several large stones will be placed along the edge of the new trail corridor. After these stones are placed, crushed stones and mineral soil will be imported and laid on the trail. The crew will use only hand tools to complete this project.  Total hiking distance: 2 miles
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  4. Van Hoevenberg bridge maintenance: During the trail workday on the Van Hoevenberg Trail, the crew will be repairing some of the piers and decking on a bridge spanning the McIntyre Brook. Total hiking distance: 1 mile.
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  5. ADK Property Trail Marking: New trail markers will be put up on all of the ADK property trails.  Volunteers will split up into small groups and tackle individual trails.  All tools and hardware will be provided.  Total Hiking distance: 3-5 miles.
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  6. New Ski Trail Installation: A crew will cut a new Nordic ski trail on our property!  Work will include cutting out a corridor, removing any obstacles from the trail, and footbridge construction.   Total hiking distance: 2 miles.
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  7. Marge Tierney trail resurfacing: One of The Adirondak Loj property trails offers people with disabilities access to some beautiful views of Heart Lake. Volunteers will be spreading and compacting stone dust on this trail so that it continues to be usable to people of all abilities. Additional work will include removing wooden logs that line the edge of the trail. Total hiking distance: 1 mile.
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October 16, Fall Trails Day, High Peaks Region

This is the last chance to clean drainages of fallen leaves and other debris before the snow arrives. Ten different trails located in the Adirondack High Peak Region will be focused on. Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to have a continental breakfast for participants as was typical. Please make plans to provide all of your meals during your stay. I am hopeful that we will be able to return to our normal itinerary in 2022.  Participants can camp for free in the ADK Wilderness Campground both Friday and Saturday nights. Pre-registration is required if staying in the campground.

COST: Participation is free of charge, but donations are always welcome!

Gear List
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2021 Fall Trails Day Projects

The following projects will be offered this year for Fall Trails Day. To limit large gatherings, all projects will meet at separate locations on Saturday morning. You will find your exact meeting location in your registration confirmation email. Please check your spam folder if you do see the confirmation email in your inbox.

  1. Algonquin (Hard): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown between the Marcy Dam Trail Junction and the Wright Peak junction going up Mt. Algonquin. Total Hiking Mileage: 6.2 miles. Elevation Gain: 1900’
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  2. Avalanche Pass (Hard): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Marcy Dam up to Avalanche Lake on both the hiking and skiing trails. Total Hiking Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation Gain: 900’
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  3. ADK Property Ski Trails (Moderate) this crew will work on creating a new ski trail on property. Total Hiking Mileage: 3 miles: Little or no elevation gain.
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  4. Marcy Dam (Easy): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from the HPIC to Marcy Dam. Total hiking Mileage: 4.6 miles. Elevation Gain: 180’
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  5. Mr. Van Ski Trail (Easy): This crew will remove blowdown and cut back encroaching vegetation on the Mr. Van Ski Trail. Total Hiking Mileage 4.4 miles. Elevation gain 150’.
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  6. Mt Jo (Easy): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown on the Long and Short trails on Mt. Jo. Total Hiking Mileage: 2.4 miles. Elevation Gain: 650’
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  7. Scott Clearing (Moderate): This crew will clear drainage and remove blowdown from Heart Lake to Scott Clearing. Total Hiking Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation Gain: 200’
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  8. Wright Peak Ski Trail (Hard): This crew will remove blowdown and cut back vegetation on the Wright Peak Ski Trail. Total Hiking Mileage: 5.75 miles. Total Elevation Gain 1,900ft.
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