Winter recreation maps available soon

A new winter recreation map will be released later this month, and includes the entire length of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail as well as insets of popular areas like Mount Van Hoevenberg and Henry’s Woods.
(Photo provided)

A new winter recreation map will be released later this month, and includes the entire length of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail as well as insets of popular areas like Mount Van Hoevenberg and Henry’s Woods. (Photo provided)

SARANAC LAKE — With no shortage of trails in the Tri-Lakes area, choosing a place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing can be a daunting task. But one local man is hoping a new map will alleviate some of that confusion by highlighting trails that are good for skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.

Ezra Schwartzberg, a Gabriels resident who owns and operates Adirondack Research on St. Bernard’s Street in Saranac Lake, is now also doing business as Green Goat Maps. He plans on releasing a total of three maps, all of which will be printed on water- and wear-resistant paper. The first map to be released is the cross-country ski map, which will be followed by a boating and fishing map and a cycling map.

“I noticed a need for a cross-country winter map for my own family,” Scwartzberg said at his office this week. “When you have this map on your table — the ski trails are red — you can see where they all are on the map. You can see the Jackrabbit Trail that connects them all, and you can decide where to go.”

The map highlights trails from Wilmington to Paul Smiths that are appropriate for human-powered winter activities, and includes blown-up maps of popular destinations such as Mount Van Hoevenberg, the Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center, Dewey Mountain Recreation Center and Henry’s Woods. The map also covers the St. Regis Canoe Area and Keene, as well as Whiteface Mountain. The blown-up areas are presented in a larger scale for easier reading.

Schwartzberg partnered with Barkeater Trails Alliance, the group behind the Jackrabbit Trail and mountain biking trails in and around Wilmington, to ensure appropriate areas were included.

The maps will be 4 by 6 inches folded, and the two-sided map will open up to be 18 by 24 inches. Schwartzberg said that by the middle of the month, people should be able to find the maps for sale around the Tri-Lakes, or pre-order them from the Adirondack North Country Association’s Ignite website. Each map will cost about $12 in the store.

Schwartzberg is also using the maps to encourage responsible outdoor recreation by including information about Leave No Trace principles, recreating safely during the winter and private land etiquette. While the vast majority of the trails are on public land, spots such as Heaven Hill and Henry’s Woods are open to the public but privately owned.

Green Goat Maps is also participating in One Percent for the Planet, which requires participants to give part of their annual sales to environmental protection efforts.

For more information or to pre-order one of the maps, go to www.igniteadk.org/greengoat.

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