A year after Tropical Storm Irene washed out bridges, closed hiking trails and created new slides in the Adirondack High Peaks, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has released an expanded and completely revised guidebook to the region.
“Adirondack Mountain Club High Peaks Trails,” the 14th edition of a guidebook ADK first published in 1934, is a comprehensive guide to hiking trails throughout the High Peaks region, the northeastern quadrant of New York’s Adirondack Park. The new edition reflects changes wrought by nature over time as well as those arising from subsequent work to reopen and reroute trails.
This completely revised, expanded and updated guide includes popular trails up Mount Marcy and Algonquin Peak as well as those for small, beloved hikes such as Mount Jo and Coon Mountain. “High Peaks Trails” is designed to be used with the new edition of National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated Map 742, “Lake Placid/High Peaks,” and the eastern side of National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated Map 746, “Saranac/Paul Smiths.” (ADK’s pocket-sized map, “Trails of the Adirondack High Peaks Region,” is available as well.)
Guidebook editors Tony Goodwin and David Thomas-Train have added numerous new trails, including popular hikes up the massive, isolated Lyon Mountain in the north and small, steep Cheney Mountain in the east, and well as the Champlain Area Trail System. As always, each ADK guide supplies complete information on rules and regulations, how to find the trailhead, where to park, mileages, elevation gains and heights, and all essential navigational information. Each trail is keyed to indicate its location on Trails Illustrated maps 742 and 746.
The High Peaks region comprises all of the Adirondack peaks with elevations over 4,000 feet, as well as numerous other mountains under 4,000 feet, and includes the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Keene, Keene Valley and Newcomb. The guidebook is divided into the following geographic sections: Keene Valley, St. Huberts, Heart Lake, Northern, Eastern, Southern and the Champlain Valley.
“High Peaks Trails” is volume 1 in ADK’s new Forest Preserve Series of guidebooks covering the Adirondacks and Catskills. Volume 2 is “Eastern Trails,” volume 3 is “Central Trails,” volume 4 is “Western Trails,” volume 5 covers the Northville-Placid Trail, and volume 6 is “Catskill Trails.” The new “Eastern Trails” guide, edited by David Thomas-Train, is also currently available, with other new editions slated for release later in 2012.
ADK has worked closely with National Geographic to update its five-map Trails Illustrated Map series covering the entire Adirondack Park. ADK staff and guidebook editors supplied updated trail and terrain information and proofed and reviewed every map to provide the best and most up-to-date outdoor recreation information. Maps include hiking trails, boat put-ins and launches, parking areas, trail distances, appropriate use information (including ski and snowshoe trails), and latitude/longitude and UTM grids for use with GPS navigation devices. The maps are large-format, two-sided and completely waterproof.
“High Peaks Trails” is 280 pages and is available in paperback for $19.95 at book and outdoor supply stores, at ADK stores in Lake George and Lake Placid, through mail order by calling (800) 395-8080 or online at http://www.adk.org. The “High Peaks Trails and Map Pack” (includes Trails Illustrated Map 742) sells for $26.95. ADK’s pocket-sized map, “Trails of the Adirondack High Peaks Region,” sells for $7.95.
The Adirondack Mountain Club, founded in 1922, is a 28,000-member nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the New York State Forest Preserve and other parks, wild lands and waters through conservation and advocacy, environmental education and responsible recreation. ADK publishes more than 30 titles, including outdoor recreation guidebooks and maps and armchair traveler books and conducts extensive trails, education, conservation and natural history programs. Profits from the sale of ADK publications help underwrite these programs.
For more information, contact ADK, 814 Goggins Road, Lake George, NY 12845; (518) 668-4447; or visit ADK’s website at www.adk.org.