Memorial Day Weekend is a popular one for hiking! The DEC is encouraging visitors to the High Peaks to prepare adequately for their hiking adventure to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing.
The DEC is Planning Ahead for Holiday Weekend – And You Should Too
During the upcoming holiday weekend – May 24th through the 27th – DEC Forest Rangers will continue their Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) initiative to reduce the number of incidents in the Adirondack High Peaks region.
“New York’s magnificent Adirondack High Peaks offer world-class hiking opportunities for outdoor adventurers of all ages and abilities,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement. “I encourage everyone to enjoy these majestic mountains, but to do so safely and responsibly. Planning and preparation can go a long way toward ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience that is protective of our state’s natural resources.”
The Forest Rangers and Assistant Forest Rangers plan to promote proper planning and preparation by speaking with hikers at trailheads and other locations during Memorial Day Weekend.
Properly prepared hikers who have knowledge about backcountry practices are less likely to get lost or injured; planning ahead also helps reduce impact on natural resources. For example, if you have waterproof boots you will be able to stay on the trail walking through mud and water instead of having to go around. When hikers go off trail, they damage sensitive trailside vegetation.
Prepare for Your Hike With Adequate Clothing, Supplies & More
Here are some tips from the DEC before you head out:
Know your skill level and physical capabilities. Choose trails within your or your group’s ability. Inform someone of your travel plans and let them know where you’re going, your planned route, when you plan to return, and emergency numbers to call if you do not return at the scheduled time.
Wear base layers of moisture-wicking fabric to keep your skin dry.
Bring plenty of food and water. Eat, drink, and rest often to prevent exhaustion.
Pack a first aid kit, extra clothing, a fire starter kit, headlamp with extra batteries, and a trail map.
Keep an eye on the weather, and if conditions worsen, head back immediately.
In addition, we post a weekly hiking report in the Around the Region blog detailing current trail conditions, seasonal access roads that might be closed, and other vital information for hiking in the Adirondacks.