In an effort to alleviate parking problems and hiking crowds, the Adirondack Mountain Reserve in Keene is continuing with its reservation system. They started it last year and decided to keep it going.
What Needs to Be Reserved?
If you want to hike the Adirondack Mountain Reserve's twenty-seven miles of trails to the High Peaks destinations you will need to create an online account at hikeamr.org to reserve one of seventy daily spots.
When Can We Make Reservations?
The reservations are free and you can start making reservations on April 17th. Reservations can be made starting at noon up to two weeks prior to your visit and a minimum of twelve hours the day before. Each reservation is for up to eight people. The system will be in place from May 1st through October 31st.
What High Peaks Are at The Adirondack Mountain Reserve?
You can access about twelve High Peaks. They include Gothics, Lower and Upper Wolfjaw, Dial, and Nippletop. You can also get to Round and Noonmark and hike to waterfalls. There is a foot traffic path that allows for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing according to the Adirondack Explorer.
The main reason for the reservation system is to alleviate the parking headaches alongside the Adirondack Mountain Reserve. The DEC said last year's program provided reliable access and helped with public safety along the crowded Route 73 and Ausable Road.
According to the press release:
DEC and AMR continue to work together to adaptively manage the pilot to improve public safety, ensure equitable access, and promote sustainable use of this popular hiking destination.