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  The May - July Newsletter is Available On Website [2021-04-20]
  Mud Season Alert: Stay below 3,000 ft from May to Mid June [2020-04-20]
During spring mud season, trails are particularly vulnerable to erosion. The spring thaw creates mud that penetrates much deeper into the soil than the surface mud created by summer rains, and trails are thus more easily damaged by hikers' boots.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation institutes a voluntary trail closure in the Eastern High Peaks during this time of year that asks hikers to refrain from traveling above 3,000 feet.

Here’s a big way you can help: if you encounter a muddy patch on the trail, walk right through it! Skirting to the edges widens trails and creates even more mud, so help out your fellow hikers and stick to the trail. This is where good footwear comes in handy!

  Program: Alaska the Last Frontier on 4/21 7pm on Zoom [2020-04-20]
Alaska the Last Frontier focuses on the natural wonders of America’s 49th state. Peter travelled to Alaska twice in recent years. His 2016 trip included a plane flight that landed on a glacier below the summit of Denali, the highest peak in North America. In 2018, a helicopter landed in Chinitna Bay on the shores of Lake Clark National Park to photograph grizzly bears feeding on salmon.

Peter Benoit is a nature photographer based in Queensbury, NY. His photographs frequently celebrate life within the Adirondack “Blue Line” along with other regions of North American and Europe.

Zoom registration link: sspl.libcal.com/event/6341326

  New Banff Mtn Film Festival Films Available Every Month [2021-04-12]
A New Monthly Film Series of past Award Winners will be available each month through October, so check the link each month.

You can rent a program for an evening of short films. 4 programs are available, with a monthly program of award winners from prior years that changes every month These films are in addition to the original programs (Amber, Onyx) that are still available to rent through October 2021.
For more info about Banff and ADK's Relatonship, click Details

Go to Banff Site using our link, click Choose Films & Purchase Tickets

Our Chapter receives a portion of the revenue if you use our link.
  DEC & AMR to Pilot New Reservation System on Rt 73 [2021-04-15]
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) today announced the launch of a pilot reservation system that was developed in partnership to provide reliable access and address public safety at a particularly crowded corner on Route 73 in the town of Keene in the Adirondack High Peaks region. The reservation system, operated by AMR, will facilitate safer public access to trailheads through the AMR gate and for Noonmark and Round mountains and improve visitors' trip planning and preparation by ensuring they have guaranteed parking upon arrival.

DEC : Announcement Details

Adirondack Explorer: Questions and Answers

  Spring Cleanup at ADK Headquarters May 15, 9am to 2pm [2021-04-15]
Come join us to help spruce up the ADK HQ building for the busy summer season. We rake, put out the picnic table & parking lot timbers, maybe even stain a little bit of the building if weather allows. Dress for a mess and bring a rake and gloves if you want to. No worries if you don't want to rake, we can find other jobs for you.

Call Maureen (518-745-7834) if you have special skills or equipment to offer.

Coffee, muffins, donuts or scones, and lunch provided!

  Program: Historic Bridges of the Adirondacks May 19, 2021 7 pm on Zoom [2020-04-20]
Please join Steve Engelhart, the executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), for an exploration of the incredible variety of historic bridges found in the Adirondacks.

These include stone arch bridges in Keeseville and Ticonderoga; covered bridges in Jay and Edinburg; iron trusses over the AuSable, Hudson, Saranac, Raquette, Moose and Sacandaga Rivers; reinforced concrete, stone-faced spans in Keene, Piercefield and Black Brook; and the marvelous steel arch bridge over AuSable Chasm.

These bridges reflect fascinating changes in technology and transportation and also tell important stories about the growth and development of Adirondack communities. As bridges are among our most endangered historic resources, the program also looks at successful strategies for preserving these regional treasures. Registration is through the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Zoom registration: sspl.libcal.com/event/6341327

  Views From On High 2nd Revised 2021 Edition is Available [2021-04-11]
Views From On High 2nd Revised 2021 Edition is now available from ADK. New material includes extensive Catskill and Adirondack trail and fire tower updates through winter 2021 including:

  • Poke-O-Moonshine - New Ranger Trail with its hiker friendly stone steps, switchbacks and scenic reroute.
  • St. Regis: - New trailhead from Spring Bay of Upper St. Regis Lake. Combine a paddle trip with a fire tower hike.
  • Hunter: - We love loop hikes! So, we put together this very interesting route combining the Spruceton Trail and the Devil's Path for an 8.8 mile loop.
  • Red Hill - NYS Department of Environmental Conservation teamed up with New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the town of Denning, with support from the State's Environmental Protection Fund and constructed a new trailhead and information kiosk on Denning Road.

  • Purchase book: ADK Mtn Club Publications

  Recent Chapter Program Videos Available Online [2021-03-27]
  • Forest Pests Impact on Adirondacks: Video
  • Hiking Adrians Wall: Video
  • Modern Threats to ADK Waterways: Video
  Cathedral Rock Fire Tower Remains Closed [2020-11-23]
The Ranger School campus at Wanakena remains closed to the public until further notice. The closure remains in force even if the school is in academic recess.

During the campus closure, Cathedral Rock Fire Tower continues to be removed from the ADK Fire Tower Challenge.

The Ranger School is very appreciative of ADK's support and accurate and authoritative messaging. ADK and the ADK Fire Tower Challenge committee thank the hiking community for respecting The Ranger School's efforts to keep their campus safe.

  Executive Committee Election Results [2020-11-06]
The Chapter’s 2020 Annual Meeting was held on November 4th via ZOOM.  31 members participated in person and 26 voted by absentee ballot.
The following slate was approved unanimously:

  • Chair: Jen Shepherd
  • 1st Vice Chair: Laurie Williams
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Brian Coville
  • Treasurer: Steve Mackey
  • Secretary: John Caffry
  • Director (2021-2023 Term): Emily Kane
  Information on DEC Overnight Camps [2020-11-06]
DEC overnight summer camps were not held for 2020 due to CoVid 19. What the decision will be for Summer Camp 2021 is unknown at this time. If 2021 summer camp is held, the families who were awarded camp sponsorships for 2020 will take priority.

Families who may be interested in either DEC or ADK Teen Trails program are encouraged to apply and be put on our waiting list. This website will have the most current information.

View Education Page on this website.

  Ranger School suspends access to Dubuar Forest [2020-08-12]
We respect the decision of the SUNY-ESF Ranger School to suspend public access to the Dubuar Forest including the Cathedral Rock Fire Tower.

Effective Saturday, August 15, 2020, climbs to the Cathedral Rock Fire Tower will not be accepted toward completion of the ADK Fire Tower Challenge.

The Cathedral Rock Fire Tower exception will remain in effect until SUNY-ESF Ranger School restores public access.

All the best to Ranger School students, faculty, and staff for a successful school year.

  Goodnow Fire Tower in need of repair - Tower cab closed [2020-08-12]
The tower cab is currently closed for safety reasons -

The trail is open and the climb continues to be included in the ADK Fire Tower Challenge. Goodnow Fire Tower repair fundraising campaign is now open.

  DEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors [2020-06-27]
DEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab at a time,

Groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.
  ADK Fire Tower Challenge Resumed June 19   [2020-06-21]
All fire tower trail hikes on or after this date will count towards the patch awarded by the challenge. ADK encourages all hikers to follow the #RecreateResponsibly guidance listed in the news release to stay safe and healthy while recreating. Some fire tower trails are very popular, such as Hurricane and Arab, and should be avoided on weekends.

View News Release: adk-hiking-challenge-update
  Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area []
Fill out report if you hiked Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area. Have you hiked in the Pharaoh Wilderness Area? If you haven’t what you will find are beautiful lakes and ponds, quiet solitude, great backpacking, easy walking, and delightful swimming. When you come back, let us know what you found. We are particularly interested in flowers, animals, trail and lean-to conditions, and just about anything notable either good or bad. Your Glens Falls-Saratoga ADK Chapter has adopted the entire Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.
Please send send an email with the information to Jim Schneider at: metadatajim@gmail.com
  • Unusual Animals
  • Unusual Plants
  • Trail Conditions (blowdown, beaver activity, signs missing or incorrect, etc.):
  • Lean-to Conditions:
  • Other:
  • Or mail your report to:
    • Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area
    • Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter ADK
    • P.O. Box 2314
    • Glens Falls, NY 12801