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DEC warns visitors of leaf peepers, trailhead changes, black bears and trail projects

October 5, 2018
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Outdoors Writer ( , Lake Placid News

RAY BROOK - Bear activity in the High Peaks has decreased, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says, but it adds that visitors to the North Country should be on the lookout for slow drivers and trail improvement projects.

Most notably, at the Cascade Mountain trailhead, the DEC will close roadside parking areas beginning Thursday, Oct. 4 and going through Oct. 8 for the Columbus Day weekend. Hikers wishing to climb Cascade, Porter or Pitchoff mountains will need to park at the cross-country skiing parking lot at Mount Van Hoevenberg.


Leaf peeping

The DEC also gave some tips on enjoying fall foliage, whether on the road or on the trail.

"If driving on busy roads, do not slow down to look at the leaves," the DEC said. "This is unsafe for traffic behind you, as well as around congested parking areas. Find a safe pull over to view the leaves.

"Summits and trails will be busier. If the outlook or summit is smaller, be sure to allow space for everyone to experience the view."



There has been a large amount of bear activity this summer, and the DEC said in its weekly Outdoor Recreation Bulletin that while bear encounters have dwindled, all food and toiletries should be stored in a bear canister. Overnight visitors to the High Peaks are required by regulation to use canisters.


Trail, lean-to work

Also in the High Peaks, the Student Conservation Association's Adirondack Program recently replaced ladders and installed bog bridging in the Avalanche Pass area.

The SCA also completed a reroute of the Catamount Mountain trail near the summit.

Lean2Rescue rehabilitated two lean-tos on Eighth Lake, and removed a third from an island. The group also recently repaired and relocated the Cedar Point lean-to near Lake Colden. The new location is about 0.2 miles from the Opalescent River, and camping is prohibited at the former site.



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