March 10

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
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Upland plateau near northern terminus
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Snowmobile bridge over Sand Lake Outlet
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Union Falls Pond, Whiteface Mountain in background
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High Peaks from Mount Van Hoevenberg
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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.