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Hiking the Trans Adirondack Route

Trans Adirondack Route

First snowfall at Flowed Lands

Long-distance hikers are seeking tierra nueva: something beyond the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, and other long-distance venues that may have had their wilderness experiences degraded.  The “new land” these hikers seek can be found in Upstate New York, a place where long-distance hiking is not even a blip on the radar.  Less than two years old, the 235-mile Trans Adirondack Route has seen only four traverses despite a dozen attempted thru-hikes.

The Trans Adirondack Route pieces together approximately 40 different footpaths, 35 segments of roads, and nine sections of cross-country travel.  The footing is nearly as varied as the ecological attractions, which include 55 bodies of water, three summits, and five life zones. Millions of trees are passed along the way.  It’s a wild trek that crosses five wilderness areas and eight wild forests, all of them set within the Adirondack Park, the largest park and forest preserve in the Lower 48.  But enough talk and enough numbers.  Let’s see what the Trans Adirondack Route looks like.

Trans Adirondack Route

Backpackers along Avalanche Lake

Trans Adirondack Route

Lake Placid from Whiteface Mountain

Trans Adirondack Route

Rubble of iron industry dam at Flowed Lands


Trans Adirondack Route

Shelter in West Canada Lake Wilderness Area

Trans Adirondack Route

Upland plateau near northern terminus

Trans Adirondack Route

Snowmobile bridge over Sand Lake Outlet

Trans Adirondack Route

Union Falls Pond, Whiteface Mountain in background

Trans Adirondack Route

High Peaks from Mount Van Hoevenberg

Trans Adirondack Route

Long Lake, largest body of water on the route


This post was contributed by Erik Schlimmer, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador and founding member of Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route.


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5 Responses to Hiking the Trans Adirondack Route

  1. Paul Mags March 13, 2015 at 12:05 am #

    I’d like to do this route someday….

  2. Wired March 13, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    It’s definitely on my list! Thinking of pairing it with a trip out east also doing all the 4,000 footers one fall.

  3. Ted March 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Just moved to NY from SoCal and can’t wait to explore the Adirondacks. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  4. karl hafner March 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    This I have to do. Its my backyard. Have been where the photos where taken more than once. That leanto I can’t count how many times I’ve stayed there. Its near french louie’s cave.

  5. aklags March 19, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    where can one find the info on this trail, is there an official route map or anything available yet?

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