The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) will reopen the Adirondak Loj and Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake and the Johns Brook Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 8. The reopening of the lodges and campground coincides with the reopening of a number of hiking trails in Adirondack backcountry.
While Tropical Storm Irene left ADK’s north country properties largely unscathed, access roads to both properties were washed out. One lane of the Adirondack Loj Road was opened to local and official traffic last week, but the road remained closed to the public at DEC’s request. Crews from the town of North Elba Highway Department were completing work on the Adirondack Loj Road late Wednesday and planned to open it to the public on Thursday morning.
Following the storm, the Department of Environmental Conservation closed all trails in the eastern zone of the High Peaks Wilderness, as well as the Giant Mountain Wilderness and Dix Mountain Wilderness. On Wednesday, DEC announced that it would be reopening some trails in the eastern High Peaks and the Giant Mountain Wilderness, but was not yet reopening the Dix Mountain Wilderness.
Open trails in the High Peaks Wilderness include all trails from the Adirondak Loj trailhead, the Cascade Mountain trailhead, the Garden trailhead, the Rooster Comb trailhead, the Upper Works trailhead and the East River trailhead. Open trails in the Giant Mountain Wilderness include all trails starting from the trailheads on Route 9 and Route 9N. Giant Mountain may also be accessed via the Hopkin Mountain Trail from the Ranney Trailhead.
Switch to our mobile site