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July 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News
NORTH CREEK, NY – Hundreds of bicyclists are expected to converge on the Adirondacks on Sunday, Aug. 14, for the Adirondack Mountain Club’s ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour.
Now in its sixth year, ididaride! is a 75-mile road tour through some of the Northeast’s most spectacular scenery. Riders will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Ski Bowl Park Pavilion in North Creek (Warren County) and cycle through the central Adirondacks, passing through Bakers Mills, Wells, Speculator, Sabael, Indian Lake and North River before arriving back at North Creek. There is also a 20-mile ride. A shuttle will take those riders and their bicycles to Indian Lake, and they’ll cycle back to North Creek.
The Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) has sponsored ididaride! since 2008, and it is becoming one of the most popular cycling tours in the Northeast. Last year, more than 300 people participated in the ride and even more are expected in 2011.
“This event gets more popular each year, with cyclists of all ages coming from as far away as California,” said Deb Zack, ADK’s director of membership and development. “If you love the Adirondacks, if you love to cycle, if you love a challenge, you’ll want to do the ride.”
After the ride, participants will enjoy an Apres-Ride Party with food, drink, music and prizes at the Ski Bowl Park Pavilion. Many North Creek merchants are offering great discounts on wining and dining on Main Street for all ididariders as well.
Proceeds from ididaride! Adirondack Bike Tour will help support ADK’s conservation and education programs. Also sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports, Cooperstown Brewing Co., Garvey Auto Group, Adirondack 2-Way Radio, WS Badger Co., Cascadian Farm, High Peaks Cyclery, Frederick Wildman and Sons, Whitewater Challengers, Stewart’s Shops, Cook’s Septic and Gore Bike Wear.
For complete details, including how to register, a description of the ride and lodging information, visit our Web site at www.adk.org or call Deb Zack at (518) 668-4447 Ext. 42.
June 24th, 2011 · No Comments · News
The NYSDEC rangers were quite busy this Spring with a bunch of search and rescues. We are very lucky to have this safety-net.
Quite the collection of incidents in this latest report, many related to sketchy conditions due to late-season snow, rain, and high-water.
- “Cotton almost Kills” unprepared hiker on Mt Marcy
- Snowmobiler hits log bridge – endo
- No Flashlight, washed-out bridge, makes for a long night.
- High water thwarts left-behind hiker on Mt Marcy
- Carrying exhausted-dog on Dix Mt causes same for owner.
- Slip ‘n Fall on Poke-o-Moonshine
- City-hikers bonk on Whiteface
- Trapped on the Dyke (this is a common story)
- Hurt leg at near Wallface – cool place, but tough for rescue
- Slipped-knot results in fall at Chapel Pond
- Another City-hiker, bonked on Algonquin Mt
- Blowdown adventure off the Sewards
- 4 year old lost for a couple hours at Sacandaga Lake
- Various kayakers encounter whitewater
- Father and son lost on Black Mt
- Black-fly Bike-crash
- Another leg-injury on Hadley Mt
- Unknown medical on Tongue Mt
June 20th, 2011 · No Comments · News
The Beaver Brook Trail System is comprised of approximately 3.6 miles of trails in the town of Wilmington, NY. The trails are open to mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Download: Beaver Brook Map and Info Sheet (PDF)
June 18th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News
Expands Mountain Bike Trail System in the Wilmington Area
The Beaver Brook Trail System officially opened today, adding 3.5 miles of mountain bike trails to the Wilmington area. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and its partners celebrated the opening of the trails at the Wilmington Whiteface Bike Fest, which includes four days of bike races, rides and other entertainment.
“This trail system expands on the Flume Trail system and, combined with other trails and facilities in the Wilmington area, demonstrates how DEC can partner with municipalities and organizations to develop outstanding recreational opportunities for the public and economic opportunities for local communities in the Adirondacks,” said DEC Regional Director Betsy Lowe.
Representatives and staff from DEC, the Town of Wilmington, the Wilmington Mountain Peddlers, and the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) were joined by the general public in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the trailhead in the Wilmington Wild Forest.
The Beaver Brook Trail System currently includes approximately 3.5 miles of trails for recreational activities in all seasons including mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The trails were designed to meet the specifications of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and include trails rated as easy, moderate and hard. An additional 3.5 miles of trails are proposed for the Beaver Brook Tract. These trails should be completed in the near future.
The Town of Wilmington has been involved in mountain bike trail development through the DEC’s unit management planning process and has contributed town resources to construct and maintain facilities at the Beaver Brook Tract and the Flume.
“This is very exciting to have the grand opening of the Beaver Brook Trail System,” said Randy Preston, Supervisor of the Town of Wilmington. “This project should serve as a model for other recreational projects in the Park. The partnership between the Town of Wilmington and DEC has been very positive and ongoing. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy the trails whether it be mountain biking or a walk in the woods, this is truly a beautiful spot which will add very nicely to our Town’s network of mountain bike trails. This joint partnership continues to secure our spot as a mountain bike destination.”
BETA volunteered many hours to help construct and maintain mountain bike trails in Wilmington, and lead trail building efforts at the Beaver Brook Tract.
“The trail development project at Beaver Brook in Wilmington has proven to be a great place for our local community of trail building volunteers to come together and build some great bike-friendly trails, said Matt McNamara of BETA. “It’s rewarding to see our collective efforts bearing fruit, and we’re excited to continue our work at Beaver Brook and elsewhere in the Whiteface region.”
The Wilmington Mountain Peddlers have been involved from the early days of trail development at the Beaver Brook Tract, and strongly advocated for mountain bike trails. The group has volunteered many hours to construct and maintain mountain bike trails in Wilmington under DEC’s Adopt-A- Natural-Resource program.
“The new Beaver Brook trail system represents just the latest step in trying to make Wilmington the mountain biking capital of the Adirondacks,” said Bert Yost of the Wilmington Mountain Peddlers. “ It could not have happened without the support of DEC, the local community including all of the volunteers, the Wilmington Mountain Peddlers, the Barkeater Trails Alliance, the Whiteface Mt. Regional Visitor’s Bureau, and all of the area businesses that have supports our efforts over the years. It’s a great new area with riding for all abilities including some fantastic vistas.”
Combined with the Flume Trail System, which opened in 2009, and the bike trails on the Whiteface Mountain Ski, which are connected to the Flume Trail System, there are now more than 20 miles of bike trails in the Wilmington area. This Wilmington area bike trail system was developed through the combined efforts of the DEC, Town of Wilmington, Wilmington Mountain Peddlers, Barkeater Trails Alliance, the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Trails Program.
May 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Adirondack News
The Hinckley Reservoir Picnic and Day Use Area will be opening on Friday, May 27, for the 2011 summer season, New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Judy Drabicki announced today. Located on Stormy Hill Road in the Town of Russia, Herkimer County, the DEC Hinckley Day Use Area is just a short drive from Utica, Rome and Herkimer.
“Hinckley Reservoir Picnic and Day Use Area is a local getaway spot on the edge of the Adirondack Park, with plenty of fresh air and clean water,” Drabicki said. “Our DEC staff have worked hard to get the site open and running and to provide these facilities to the public for yet another great year of summer outdoor fun.”
The roadways have been freshly paved and some of the out-buildings have been renovated. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors that Hinckley provides as well as opportunities for swimming, fishing, hiking or picnicking. The large pavilions provide great spots for larger groups, such as Boy Scout and Girl Scout field trips or barbecues, birthday parties or office picnics.
- Full staff, including life guards
- Large swimming area
- Picnic tables
- Public grills
- Volleyball court
- Basketball net
- Horse shoe pits
- Hiking and Biking trails
To help defray operational costs, the DEC charges day use fees of $10 per passenger vehicle and $50 per bus. Pavilions can be reserved for $50 per day. The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use area is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, through Labor Day. For more information please contact the Hinckley staff at (315) 826-3800 or DEC Herkimer Office at (315) 866-6330.
April 27th, 2010 · No Comments · News
Glens Falls, NY to Saint-Hyacinthe, QC
August 8 to 13, 2010
We’re expecting thousands of cyclists … in my backyard.
“To cycle this Grand Tour is to pedal toward an unforgettable paradise.”