Friday, August 2, 2019

DEC Hiking Notice

Blue Mountain Wild Fores: The O’Neill Flow and Barker Pond Roads are open for public motor vehicle use.
Moose River Plains: Rock Dam Road is open for public motor vehicle use.
The shoulders of the road remain soft.
Please use caution when using the road.
Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest: Pumpkin Hollow Road is open for public motor vehicle use.
Highlighted Trip - Murphy-Middle-Bennett trail, Hope, NY

DEC recently rehabilitated a 250-foot stretch of the Murphy-Middle-Bennett trail. The 6.8-mile trail accesses Bennett Lake, Middle Lake and Murphy Lake, all which feature primitive camping opportunities along the trail. There is also a lean-to at Murphy Lake. On the northern end of the trail, users can connect with the Coulombe Creek Trail, the Willis-Wilcox Trail, and the East Stony Creek Trail. View map. The trail can be accessed from Creek Road Parking Area in Hope.
The trail is part of a network of 92 miles of trails in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest. The trail is also a designated route along the more than 550-mile Adirondack Trail Ride, a solo, self-supported bike-packing adventure through the Adirondack Mountains.
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, located in the southeastern Adirondacks, is comprised of approximately 125,000 acres of Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, and Warren counties. There are 92 miles of marked trails, 63 primitive campsites, and four lean-tos available for recreational opportunities in the wild forest. DEC encourages users to practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the Adirondacks to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and minimize impact on natural resources.
Creek Road Parking Area provides access to the campsites and lean-tos on Bennett Lake, Middle Lake and Murphy Lake. (43.30184°N, 74.19966°W)

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