If you’re looking forward to a gorgeous fall foliage hike over Columbus Day Weekend in the Adirondacks you’re not the only one. You’ll definitely want to check out the following information from the DEC on their preparations for the holiday weekend.
Temporary Lower Speed Limits
Perhaps the most significant precaution to note is a temporary 45 mile per hour advisory speed limit on the following roads: State Route 73 on either side of Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead in Keene, State Route 73 on either side of Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff Mountain Trailheads in North Elba and Keene, and State Route 3 on either side of the Ampersand Mountain Trailhead in Harrietstown.
There will be electronic variable messaging boards and other signs indicating the temporary lower speed limits.
Parking at Adirondack Loj Trailhead
Parking lots at Adirondack Loj Trailhead will fill early in the day. Parking is prohibited along a portion of the road north of the entrance of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s facility. A message board at the beginning of the road will inform hikers when there’s no more parking.
We can expect increased presence of police officers and DEC forest rangers out to enforce these speed limits, parking restrictions, and other traffic laws. Additional forest rangers will be posted at trailheads and other locations.
Make Use of Shuttles
The DEC encourages hikers to use the free Lake Placid to Whiteface Hiker Shuttle during the holiday weekend. The shuttle transports hikers to four shuttle stops accessing six family-friendly hiking opportunities along State Route 86 from 7am to 7pm.
There is also the Town of Keene’s Garden Hikers Shuttle that goes between the Marcy Field Parking Lot and the Garden Trailhead. This shuttle also operates from 7am to 7pm and is $10 roundtrip ($13 Canadian).
Check Out Hikes Outside the High Peaks
Columbus Day Weekend is a great time to explore other, less popular hiking spots. The DEC provides a list of their recommendations for hikes that provide a similar experience to the High Peaks, including picturesque views.
Stay Safe & Abide by Hiking Etiquette
Columbus Day Weekend is Friday, October 11th through Monday, October 14th.
It’s more important than ever to help protect the Adirondack Park by abiding by trail etiquette like staying on the trails to avoid damaging vegetation and keeping dogs on leashes. Properly prepare for your hike with the correct gear and clothing. And, follow the Seven Principles of No Trace to minimize your impact on wilderness and wildlife.