Two popular hiking challenges have been temporarily suspended by local chapters of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, parks, wild lands, and waters.
Two Adirondack Hiking Challenges Put on Hold During COVID-19 Pandemic
ADK’s Schenectady Chapter suspended the Northville-Placid Trail Challenge and the Club’s Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter suspended the Fire Tower Challenge. Both challenges are suspended until further notice.
The Northville-Placid Trail is still open, but any hikes completed after April 12, 2020 will not be recognized as counting towards the completion of the challenge until the Club announces otherwise. Fire towers managed by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are currently closed, although the trails remain open. Hikes of fire tower mountains cannot be applied toward the Fire Tower Challenge during the emergency closure period.
Hikers Encouraged to Visit Local Trails
Adirondack hiking challenges range from hiking multiple mountains or trails to hiking one continuous long trail, as with the Northville-Placid Trail Challenge. The challenges encourage exploration of the wide diversity of trails in the Adirondack Mountains, while also providing a fun way to excel as individual hikers. Participants typically receive a patch or a reward upon completion of the challenge.
Currently, both the DEC and ADK are asking hikers to stick to trails close to home and #recreatelocal during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Club’s Schenectady and Glens Falls-Saratoga chapters feel shutting down the challenges for the time being will help support those goals and discourage nonessential travel while New York State is on PAUSE.