Outdoors

A new hiking challenge that can be worked on anywhere in the country asks hikers to document U.S. benchmarks, like the one seen here at the summit of Loon Lake Mountain.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

New hiking challenge crosses state lines

Hiking challenges have grown in popularity in recent years, but for the most part, the ones locals tackle keep them confined within the Blue Line. But Operation Alaska — a blog about hiking and climbing in the Adirondacks, Alaska and beyond — has started a new challenge that can be tackled ...

A bear cub is stuck in a tree in Lake Placid in 2014.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

DEC: Keep eye out for bear dens

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to keep an eye out for possible black bear dens while out in the woods this winter. “As part of DEC’s ongoing black bear monitoring, wildlife biologists periodically check on black bears during the winter den ...

Thomas Huber, a professor at Paul Smith’s College, shows off a block of clamshell mushrooms that students at the college grew.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Prof hopes there’s room for ’shrooms at PSC

PAUL SMITHS — A Paul Smith’s College professor is looking to grow the school’s curriculum by adding a fungal component to one of its majors in the hopes that the “College of the Adirondacks” will eventually become “My-college-y of the Adirondacks.” Thomas Huber is currently ...

Encountering an inexperienced, motley crew

It appears winter has arrived in time for the holidays. Fortunately, local trails already had a generous base of snow, which allowed both nordic and alpine skiers to hit the trails. There’s been plenty of snow for non-skiers as well, which was painfully evident as I watched a group of ...

Mike Archer of the Rome, New York, area checks one of his tip-ups at the Northern Challenge ice fishing derby in Tupper Lake in February 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

DEC warns anglers to wait until ice is 4 inches thick

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding ice fishermen that safety should come first, despite bone-chilling cold that has created early ice-in conditions. In addition to following fishing regulations, the DEC says 4 inches of clear ice is typically what can be ...

DEC cancels, postpones New Year’s Day hikes due to cold

The state Department of Environmental Conservation had four guided hikes in the Adirondacks planned for Monday, but due to extreme cold, three have been canceled and one has been delayed by two weeks. The “First Day” hikes, slated for Jan. 1, were planned for Poke-O-Moonshine, Hadley ...

Chair 2 at Big Tupper Ski Area, seen Dec. 13, is expected to open at the start of the 2018-19 season.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

LaValley: Big Tupper ski price was overstated

TUPPER LAKE — Some skiers anticipating the reopening of the Big Tupper Ski Area, scheduled for the start of the 2018-19 season, were shocked to hear the lift ticket prices would be 80 percent the cost of a Whiteface ticket, but developers now say the prices will be much lower. An ...

DEC says High Peaks Wilderness is mostly skiable

LAKE PLACID — The state Department of Environmental Conservation said in its weekly High Peaks Conditions Report that Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are both now crossable, with enough ice to support skiers and snowshoers. The DEC says the Lake Colden caretaker is reporting 30 inches of ...

Cranberry Lake fishing derby nears the decade mark

CRANBERRY LAKE — The ninth annual Cranberry Lake fishing derby is slated for Jan. 27, 2018, and organizers say anglers should register early to ensure a chance at the nearly $10,000 in prizes. Sponsored by the Cranberry Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the derby will run from 7 a.m. to 3 ...

Redpolls gather at a feeder in Saranac Lake in January 2013.
(Photo provided — Jim Bishop)

Birders will brave cold for citizen science

SARANAC LAKE — About four dozen dedicated birders will face some of the coldest weather of the year on Saturday as the annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count takes place in the Saranac Lake area. Larry Master, who heads up the bird count locally, said this year’s December ...

ECOs use Facebook to bust illegal hunter in Warren County

State environmental conservation officers responded to a complaint of illegal hunting after photos were posted on Facebook. The case began in November when ECO Lou Gerrain received a complaint that a Queensbury man had posted photos of two deer he had shot just days apart in the northern ...

Train engines sit on tracks outside of the North Creek station of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway, alongside state Route 28. More rail cars were brought in this summer.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Rail car company will remove its tankers from Adirondack track

Union Tank Car Company on Tuesday announced it has ordered removal of all of its rail cars from New York’s Adirondack Park. A total of approximately 65 empty, cleaned tank cars owned by Chicago-based Union Tank Car had been temporarily placed on rail lines controlled by the Iowa Pacific ...

Officials warn of extreme cold in Adirondacks

Travelers and outdoor enthusiasts are being warned of extremely cold temperatures expected in the Adirondack Mountains through the holiday weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory for most of the Adirondacks for today, with expected wind chills of minus-15 to ...

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Rangers help sick woman in High Peaks

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers helped locate a missing Connecticut State Police K9 who became loose while working near the state border last week, in addition to helping a sick hiker in the Adirondacks. Town of Newcomb Just before 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. ...

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ADK releases 2nd edition fire tower book

The Adirondack Mountain Club is out with a new edition of its popular “Views from on High” fire tower guide book, with many updates for hikers to take in. This is the first time the 2001-book has been updated, and in addition to trail and condition updates, the newest fire tower book ...

Cowee, a black bear yearling at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, was brought to the rehabilitation center last week.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Black bear being cared for at Wildlife Refuge

WILMINGTON — The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is caring for a yearling black bear it received from North Country Wild Care in Saratoga. Cowee, named so because she was found in the 23,000-acre Cowee Forest along the borders where New York, Vermont and Massachusetts meet, was found by hunters ...

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Man dies after fall through ice in Bolton

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are conducting a massive search for a hunter who has been missing in the Oneonta area and were also involved in a search-and-recovery mission in the Adirondacks last week. The missing hunter was found dead on Tuesday this ...

Chair 2 will carry skiers and snowboarders up Big Tupper Mountain once again in 2018, according to  Adirondack Club and Resort developers and caretakers. Construction, including the addition of a new metal roof, will be finished on the chair lift enclosure in the spring.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Big Tupper scheduled to re-open for 2018-19 season

TUPPER LAKE — The developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort project developers and caretakers of the Big Tupper Ski Area say they plan to open up the currently dormant ski mountain at the start of the 2018 season. As construction continues on a road to the ACR’s “Great Camp” ...