Outdoors

At the heart of the State “Great” Range trail in the High Peaks Wilderness, the changing autumn colors of Gothics’ northwest and southwest faces blends in with the changing colors as seen from the summit of neighboring Saddleback Mountain.
(Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

High Peaks hues

Cornell University professor Karl Niklas predicts bright 2017 fall foliage in New York state, based on the season’s adequate rainfall and amicable temperatures. Niklas’s research focuses on plant biology and the relationship between plants and the physical environment. “Based on ...

Maj. John Tibbits, front, commander of New York State Police Troop B, and Eric Lahr, division director of the state forest ranger program, speak Monday afternoon in Newcomb about finding the body of Alex Stevens, 28, in the High Peaks Wilderness.
(Photo provided — Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio)

Body of missing hiker found near Wallface Mountain

Forest rangers on Monday located the body of Alex Stevens, the 28-year-old hiker who has been missing since Sept. 2, on a scree field near Wallface Pond, in the vicinity of Wallface Mountain. The Hopewell, New Jersey, resident had set out for a three-day hike in the High Peaks Wilderness ...

A search map shows where Alex Stevens was found, marked with a red X, as well as colored circles with "c"s marking "clues" he left behind, as seen Monday at a press conference in Newcomb. Search officials did not talk about these clues.
(Photo provided — Brian Mann, North Country Public Radio)

Body of missing hiker found near Wallface Mountain (update)

Forest rangers on Monday located the body of Alex Stevens, the 28-year-old hiker who has been missing since Sept. 2, on a scree field near Wallface Pond, in the vicinity of Wallface Mountain. The Hopewell, New Jersey, resident had set out for a three-day hike in the High Peaks Wilderness ...

DEC to host trout stream meeting

PLATTSBURGH — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a public meeting on trout stream management on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The meeting is part of a series the DEC is putting on around the state this year. Starting at 7 p.m., DEC staff will give a presentation on current ...

The High Peaks can be seen from the fire tower cabin on Belfry Mountain, which is one of four hikes that make up the Moriah Challenge.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Four hikes of the Moriah Challenge

MORIAH – Earlier this summer, the Moriah Chamber of Commerce announced a new hiking challenge, ala the 46ers and Saranac Lake 6er programs. The challenge requires hikers to take on four different walks around Moriah. There are a few mountains and a scenic pond in the mix, and these ...

A loon on Henderson Lake with Wallface Mountain in the background.
(Provided photo — Joe Hackett)

Lost hikers, Teddy Roosevelt and more

Last week’s column focused on the search and eventual rescue of a soldier from Fort Drum who had become lost on St. Regis Mountain while hiking. The missing soldier, a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division, was eventually located on the second day of search efforts. He had managed to ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers set up wilderness base camp to continue Stevens search

A 28-year-old New Jersey man still had not been found as of late Friday afternoon, and forest rangers have set up a backcountry base camp from which to continue the search over the weekend if necessary. Deep in the High Peaks Wilderness, forest rangers from the state Department of ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers set up wilderness base camp to continue Stevens search

A 28-year-old New Jersey man still had not been found as of late Friday afternoon, and forest rangers have set up a backcountry base camp from which to continue the search over the weekend if necessary. Deep in the High Peaks Wilderness, forest rangers from the state Department of ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

No new signs of Stevens as search continues

NEWCOMB — Alex Stevens still had not been found, nor any new signs of his presence, as evening approached on Thursday, the fifth day of a backcountry search for him. Today marked 13 days since Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey, was last reported seen, on Sept. 2 deep in the High Peaks ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

No new signs of Alex Stevens as search continues near Wallface

NEWCOMB — Alex Stevens still had not been found, nor any new signs of his presence, as evening approached on Thursday, the fifth day of a backcountry search for him. Today marked 12 days since Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey, was last reported seen, on Sept. 2 deep in the High Peaks ...

Forest Ranger Adam Baldwin walks out of the woods Sept. 4 after searchers found a missing hiker that morning near St. Regis Mountain in Paul Smiths.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Forest rangers running ragged as search-and-rescues increase

NEWCOMB — The number of search-and-rescue missions in the Adirondacks increases every year, but the number of state forest rangers to carry out those missions hasn’t. When Alex Stevens of New Jersey was last seen in the High Peaks Wilderness over Labor Day weekend, rangers and ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers think missing New Jersey man camped atop Wallface Mtn.

State forest rangers reported locating a campsite on the summit of Wallface Mountain with tracks and other signs leading from it, which they determined belonged to Alex Stevens. Yet still, the 28-year-old man from Hopewell, New Jersey, has not been found. A search for him continued for a ...

Scientists: Ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

NEW YORK — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already succumbed, and the toll may eventually reach more ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers think missing NJ man camped atop Wallface

State forest rangers reported locating a campsite on the summit of Wallface Mountain with tracks and other signs leading from it, which they determined belonged to Alex Stevens. Yet still the 28-year-old man from Hopewell, New Jersey, has not been found. A search for him continued for a ...

Brian Dubay of the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers says he remains optimistic in a search for Alex Stevens of New Jersey.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Search continues for hiker missing near Wallface Mountain

NEWCOMB — Although searchers are on their fourth day following a cold trail for a hiker who appears to have been inadequately prepared for the three days he planned to spend in the mountains, Forest Ranger Brian Dubay said Tuesday he’s always optimistic. Dubay addressed a press ...

Brian Dubay of the state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers says he remains optimistic in a search for Alex Stevens of New Jersey.
(Enterprise photo — Glynis Hart)

Searchers hope to find missing hiker

NEWCOMB — Although searchers are following a cold trail for a hiker who appears to have been inadequately prepared for the three days he planned to spend in the mountains, Forest Ranger Brian Dubay said he’s always optimistic. Dubay addressed a press conference at noon Tuesday at the ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers search High Peaks for missing N.J. man

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for the public’s help regarding a New Jersey man last seen nine days ago in the High Peaks Wilderness. DEC spokesman David Winchell said the man they are looking for, Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey, was last seen ...

Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey
(Photo provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

Rangers search High Peaks for missing New Jersey man

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for the public's help regarding a New Jersey man last seen nine days ago in the High Peaks Wilderness. DEC spokesman David Winchell said the man they are looking for, Alex Stevens, 28, of Hopewell, New Jersey, was last seen on ...