DEC will increase access to Boreas

New York state government officials and news reporters paddle on Boreas Ponds in September 2012. In the background is the Great Range — from left, Basin, Saddleback, Gothics and Pyramid — in the High Peaks Wilderness. (Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

NORTH HUDSON — The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced in a press release that access to the Boreas Ponds tract within the High Peaks Wilderness Area will be more open to the public this summer as construction continues.

Gulf Brook Road, which provides access to the interior of the tract, is currently closed for mud season. The DEC said once the road dries and hardens, it will be open on weekends and the public can get within 2.5 miles of the ponds. The road will be closed to vehicle traffic during the week as DEC crews work to build parking and camping areas.

“Until the end of July, Gulf Brook Road will be closed to public motor vehicle use during the week while DEC crews conduct road work and other construction projects,” the release said. “Hikers, bicyclists, and horses will be allowed to use the road during the week but should use caution around construction sites and obey all instructions from workers.

“Beginning in August, motorists will be able to travel further on the Gulf Brook Road and access additional infrastructure. DEC will announce the availability of the additional access once the work is complete.”