Attention ADK hikers: The DEC and Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) have announced a pilot reservation system that will run from May 1 through October 31, 2021.
The New Reservation System: What to Know
Starting this May hikers will need to reserve one of the 70 available parking spots at the AMR parking lot for daily access to trails on the AMR property, as well as the Round Mountain and Noonmark Mountain trailheads that are accessed through AMR lands.
Reservations will be required and can be made up to two weeks in advance; no walk-ins will be permitted. You can make a reservation for the day or overnight, which includes overnight parking. It is not necessary to have a vehicle to make a reservation to hike.
The reservation website is hikeamr.org, which will go live on April 15 with reservations to start on May 1, 2021.
If You’re Arriving by Bus or Bicycle
Those who arrive to Keene Valley via Greyhound or Trailway bus lines may access trails with a valid bus ticket from within 24 hours of arrival. If arriving by bus you must check in at the AMR hiker parking lot, which is accessible between 5am and 7pm daily, with the exception of overnight parking.
Cyclists must check in at the AMR parking lot and produce a valid reservation. All bikes must be left at the hiker parking lot at a designated bike rack.
A Collaborative Effort for Safety & Sustainability
In recent years pedestrian traffic, illegal parking, and roadside stopping along Route 73 have created dangerous conditions for hikers and motorists. This new system was developed in partnership between the DEC and AMR with support from the DOT and Town of Keene to address these critical public safety issues.
“We are excited to announce this unique pilot reservation system, which will help protect visitors and our natural resources, while also ensuring equitable access and educating visitors about sustainable use,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement.
On the one hand, this may reduce the ability to spontaneously go hiking when you find the weather will be nice; hikers will need to plan head. On the other, a hiking/parking reservation system in the High Peaks has been a long time coming, and it will undoubtedly be a huge stress reliever to know that you’ll get your (legal and safe) parking spot before you make the drive to your destination.
What do you think about this new system?