Parking in popular hiking areas of the Adirondacks has been a problem for several years now. The DEC continues to take action to keep hikers, bicyclists, and others safe. Here’s what you need to know about the new parking prohibitions on State Route 73.
Details of Parking Prohibition & When It Will Be Enforced
Parking will be prohibited on a four-mile stretch on the shoulders of both lanes of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and Rooster Comb Trailhead Parking Area. This restriction is for public safety reasons, mostly because hikers and bicyclists are forced to walk or ride in vehicle lanes when parked vehicles take up the shoulder of the road.
“No Parking” signs are being installed by DOT crews along the additional sections of the road. DOT crews expect to complete installing the signs no later than June 14th, at which time law enforcement agencies will begin enforcing the prohibition. Police officers will patrol the area.
Outdoor recreationists can still park at designated pull-offs at trailheads and at other locations.
Hikers and other motorists also cannot park on the following roads and streets: Au Sable Road, St. Huberts Road, Market Street, Adirondack Street, and Mason Young Lane in Keene Valley.
Discover New Hikes & Areas of the Adirondacks
The DEC encourages hikers to check out the many additional hiking opportunities in the Adirondack region that go beyond the High Peaks. Parking will be less of an issue, and you’ll come across fewer people on the trails. Plus, you still get amazing views and a similar experience to the High Peaks.
Please note – on the above list, some of the hikes are noted as being higher than 2,500 feet in elevation. The Muddy Trail Advisory is still in effect. Please continue to choose hikes under 2,500 feet in elevation until they lift the advisory. Poke-O-Moonshine (pictured above), Owl Head Lookout, and Catamount Mountain are great choices.