SARANAC LAKE - Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced Thursday that the village has secured easements that will allow cross-country skiers, hikers and mountain bikers to use a new trail that connects Mount Pisgah Ski Center to Old Lake Colby Road.
The first easement, which runs about four-tenths of a mile from the ski area, was granted by Saranac Lake resident James Hoyt while the other easement was granted by Rabideau Corp., which is owned by the mayor. It runs about three-tenths of a mile from the Hoyt property to Old Lake Colby Road.
"We've been working on this first trail link for over a year and now, and with a new cross-country ski season nearly upon us, we'll be ready for it," Rabideau said in a news release.
This map shows the route of a new trail that will connect Old Lake Colby Road to Mount Pisgah Ski Center.
(Village of Saranac Lake image)
Rabideau said he and the village board hope to eventually link Mount Pisgah, located on the north side of the village, with the town of Harrietstown-owned Dewey Mountain Recreation Area, on the western edge of the village, as well as other parts of the community.
"This is all a work in progress, and hopefully in the future we can make that link, but it's one step at a time," Rabideau said. "I can envision the next phase would be getting to the railroad track which is part of the Jackrabbit (cross-country ski) Trail."
The leases granted by Hoyt and Rabideau are "at will" and can be revoked by the landowners at any time. No motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed on the trails.
Village Recreation Director Charles Martin plans to install trail markers sometime next week, Rabideau said.
He said the new trail will link to a system of new cross-country ski trails - designed by local Olympic champion Bill Demong - and mountain biking trails built on the Mount Pisgah property over the past year.