Avoid most popular hiking trails in Adirondacks this fall

New York conservation officials are urging Adirondack hikers to stay off the most popular trails in the High Peaks region this fall and range into other parts of the six-million-acre park.

Growing numbers of hikers in the Adirondack Eastern High Peaks region are trashing trails, crowding summits and negatively affecting the experience for others.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says less populated routes offer equally great fall foliage and a less crowded backcountry experience.

Its suggested alternatives include Rocky Peak, where the East Trail in the Giant Mountain Wilderness ascends 6.7 miles and 3,600 feet from the trailhead on Route 9N to the summit.

Another is Baxter Mountain, with a mile-long trail in the Hammond Pond Wild Forest that ascends 725 feet from the trailhead on the State Route 9N to the top.

The DEC offers a total of 13 alternative, less-crowded hiking routes…

 

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