Outdoors

Easy access to a remote Adirondack experience

LAKE CLEAR — One of the best things about the Adirondacks is how quickly you can get to a place that feels like the middle of nowhere, and the St. Regis Canoe Area offers plenty of opportunities to feel like that. So on a somewhat chilly morning recently, my wife and son met friends of ...

See a moose? Let us know, DEC says

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to report moose sightings as part of a multi-year project to study the Adirondacks’ largest animal. According to a map of 2018 moose sightings by town, the vast majority of moose sightings in New York occur within ...

APA will honor Canon, talk primitive campsites

RAY BROOK — The state Adirondack Park Agency board will hold its regular monthly meeting next Thursday and will honor a longtime critic of the agency in its annual tree planting ceremony. At 12:15 p.m., the APA’s annual tree planting ceremony will take place in honor of former ...

State steps up to monitor algae blooms

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has revamped the way people can find harmful algae blooms (HABs), and the department is encouraging the public to learn more about them as water and air temperatures warm. The DEC says HABs are increasing in number, with more than 400 ...

DEC reopens climbing routes where peregrines aren’t nesting

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the opening of numerous rock climbing routes now that it’s been determined where peregrine falcons are nesting. In an email, DEC wildlife staff said that all routes on the Upper Washbowl at Chapel Pond, the main wall at ...

New Van Ho hiking trail rerouted around Olympic venue construction

LAKE PLACID — The new Mount Van Hoevenberg East Trail, which opened last fall, has been temporarily rerouted due to construction at the nearby Olympic Sports Complex. “Hikers can park at the biathlon facility parking area in the complex and use a marked 2.9-mile detour bypassing the ...

Aquatic economy: Paddling industry has grown over decades

The paddling business in the Adirondack Park has expanded in recent decades, allowing for the activity to draw in tourists from around the world. June is Celebrate Paddling month, as declared by local stores that sell canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. They and the Northern Forest ...

Off-duty ECO helps bust illegal hunters

An off-duty state Department of Environmental Conservation officer recently helped bust a pair of hunters who were operating illegally in the Essex County town of Chesterfield. On the morning of Saturday, May 18, ECO Jeff Hovey received a call from an off-duty law enforcement colleague ...

DEC adopts rec plan for Oswegatchie easement

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has released its recreation management plan for almost 17,000 acres of private land with an easement allowing public access, most of which is inside the Adirondack Park. The RMP for the Oswegatchie Conservation Easement includes numerous ...

Soggy spring hiking on Snow Mountain

KEENE VALLEY — There’s certainly no shortage of hiking opportunities in the Keene Valley area, but Snow Mountain via Deer Brook offers essentially two hikes: one easy, and one a little more moderate. Starting out from the trailhead on state Route 73, the trail — marked with blue ...

Another Notch in the belt from the Sentinel Range

This peak is not officially named, but has gained a label from the rock climbers who love the walls it possesses. It does shadow Wilmington Notch, so I figure what better name than Notch Mountain? After a healthy 20-ounce coffee and a gas station burrito, which we may regret later, we ...

Celebrate Paddling: packed schedule, new race

SARANAC LAKE — The fourth annual Celebrate Paddling month will begin on Saturday as organizers release an almost daily schedule of canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard and guideboat-related events. The events are coordinated by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, MAC’s Canoe Livery, ...

DOT: Hoel Pond railroad washout fix in the works

SARANAC INN — Earlier this spring, a small stream flowing out of the St. Regis Canoe Area caused a major washout under the railroad tracks of the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. The state — which owns the corridor — has no set time frame for repairs, but a spokeswoman said a fix is ...

State begins Route 73 roadside parking ban

KEENE — The state has started installing “no parking” signs along Route 73 in the town of Keene, where multiple popular trailheads are located. The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday — after the Department of Transportation had already begun posting “no ...

Whiteface Bike Park opens June 15

WILMINGTON — The Whiteface Mountain Bike Park opens Saturday, June 15 for its 24th consecutive year. Whiteface Mountain Ski Center is one of the oldest lift-serviced mountain bike parks in the East and has trails from expert natural single track to beginner cruisers. The High Peaks ...

Bear spray can be difficult to purchase

RAY BROOK — In the summer of 2018, there were dozens of bear-related incidents in the North Country, including a recurring campsite raider that was eventually euthanized by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC advised campers and hikers that it may be prudent to ...

Billy’s Bald Spot and beyond 

I’ve been flirting with this hike for a while now, starting way back in the summer of 2014 when I was adventuring in the area over near Razorback Pond. We found the private trail at that time, but we were still a bit unsure if it was truly open to the public. Over the winter I did some ...