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State closes High Peaks, Giant, Dix wilderness areas (update)

August 29, 2011
By MIKE LYNCH - Outdoors Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has closed all trails in the Eastern High Peaks, Giant Mountain and Dix Mountain wilderness areas in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, it announced today on its website.

The DEC bridge and trail washouts, blowdown of trees and floodingcreated dangerous conditions in these vast sections of the state-owned Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The trails will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage to trail and interior infrastructure, according to the DEC.

Among the bridges damaged is the Marcy Dam bridge, 2 miles by foot into the High Peaks, one of the state's most popular hiking areas. While the dam remains intact, the pedestrian bridge over it has been washed out.

Meanwhile, "DEC continues to assess damage to the trails and other backcountry recreational infrastructure," department spokesman David Winchell said Monday fromRay Brook.

"Assessment at the campgrounds are complete and clean up and repairs are underway," Winchell added. "All but 19 of the 45 campgrounds in the Adirondacks are open or will be open tomorrow morning. We expect to have most if not all of them open by Labor Day Weekend, though some of it will depend on weather power can be restored to the campgrounds or public roads open that access the campgrounds."



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