Trans Adirondack Route thru-hikers: Keep your 2013 maps and Blue Line to Blue Line: The Official Guide to the Trans Adirondack Route current. Print these updates and bring them with you into the field.

>>> Northern terminus or southern terminus. Transportation for up to two hikers may be arranged to or from Friends of the Trans Adirondack Route Global Headquarters near Albany, New York. We ask for a $100 donation for the 200-mile ride (one-way) to or from the northern terminus, a $50 donation for the 60-mile ride (one-way) to or from the southern terminus. (Posted January 2015)

>>> Far North section, northern terminus area. Guidebook p. 89, 241. Map 1. There is public transportation to within 3.8 miles of the northern terminus on weekdays. From the Government Center at the intersection of Cornelia Street and Margaret Street in Plattsburgh, use Clinton County Public Transit – 518.561.1452 – to reach downtown Ellenburg. You'll be dropped off at Northern Adirondack Central School at 5572 Route 11. From the school, walk south to the nearby three-way intersection of Route 11 and two branches of Route 190 (Military Turnpike). Follow Route 190 southwest for 0.4 miles. Bear west – right – to stay on Route 190. Follow this road west for 2.5 miles. Turn south – left – onto County Route 2 (Brandy Brook Road). Follow this road south for 0.9 miles to the northern Blue Line marked by the "Ellenburg Center" sign. (Posted September 2018)

>>> Far North section, Lyon Mountain area. Guidebook p. 96-99. Maps 2, 3. If you don't want to trudge along the road walk section from downtown Lyon Mountain to Number 37 Road, you may walk the ten-mile section of the old D and H rail line. To gain permission to do so, thru-hikers must join the Outback ATV Riders Club, leasee, due to liability issues. Visit this not-for-profit ATV club – – to submit your membership application plus $25. Make note on your application that you're a Trans Adirondack Route thru-hiker.

As you hike through downtown Lyon Mountain, bear right off Route 374 and onto Belmont Avenue at the gas station. Belmont Avenue then turns into First Street where School Hill Road comes in from the left. Bear left onto School Hill Road. You'll see the rail trail on your left. Get on the rail trail here, which is 0.2 miles from Route 374. Walk ten miles to Number 37 Road. (Posted October 2018)

Updated maps of this section are here and here.

>>> Northern Mountains section, Saranac River area. Guidebook p. 102-103. Maps 5, 6. During the spring of 2019, a new 6.1-mile section that climbs 800 vertical feet and uses trails, off-trail travel, and state land boundaries will replace a 9.9-mile road walk. New route totals will be: 185 miles of trails (78%), 41 miles of roads (17%), 11 miles of off-trail travel (5%) – 237 miles total. Stay tuned! (Posted February 2019)

>>> Northern Mountains section, Silver Lake area. Guidebook p. 108-110. Map 6. Known as the Geese Relocation, this new section trades in 3.5 miles of road walking for 6.2 miles of woods hiking. Directions below cover from Union Falls Pond dam to the outlet of Taylor Pond, a distance of 8.4 miles with 900 vertical feet of climbing.

A grassy viewpoint near the dam and outlet of Union Falls Pond 43.2 miles into the route marks the end of Section One, Far North, and the beginning of Section Two, Northern Mountains. Leave this viewpoint on the south shore of Union Falls Pond and hike east on Alder Brook Road. Once you're on the other side of the Saranac River, Alder Brook Road becomes Union Falls Road. Hike 0.4 miles east on Union Falls Road and turn onto a dirt road, which leads south – right – off the pavement. This dirt road descends, turns a hard right, and then climbs to a pass at 1,530' to meet a red gate 0.6 miles from Union Falls Road. Behind this gate is land belonging to L. Douglas. Here you begin a 0.7-mile off-trail section to box around this property.

From the gate follow a bearing (adjusted for declination) of 176 degrees. Descend, cross a small wet area, and climb to "Gilpin Prow," the ridge that spills off Gilpin Hill to the east – your left. Descend from the prow, enter a flat area, and continue 200 feet across the flat area until you almost enter a spruce swamp. Here is a corner of Douglas's property, marked with a cairn.

Set a new bearing (adjusted for declination) of 86 degrees. Follow this bearing for 0.2 miles, along the way crossing a wet area choked with spruce. Pop out on an old road, which is a snowmobile trail, near another red gate. You have successfully boxed around Douglas's property. Turn south – right – on this snowmobile trail, and follow it for 0.5 miles to snowmobile trail junction CL6C. Turn southeast – left – to stay on the Trans Adirondack Route. A sign points you to Taylor Pond and Fern Lake. You are now on snowmobile trail C8.

Follow C8 for 1.2 miles. Here you meet "Rookery Pond" to the north – your left. C8 wraps around Rookery Pond and continues to an unsigned intersection. Here a trail leads north – left – down to Silver Lake. Stay northeast – straight – on the Trans Adirondack Route and C8. Immediately after this intersection, which is one mile from Rookery Pond, you cross a bridge.

Less than a half-mile of hiking leads you to another unsigned intersection. Here a trail leads north – left – down to Silver Lake. Stay east – straight – on the route and C8. Immediately after this intersection, C8 takes a hard right. Encounter another intersection. Here S81A leads southwest – right – to Taylor Pond. Stay on the route and C8 by continuing east – straight.

A five-minute walk leads you to snowmobile trail junction CL39C. If you head north – straight – you will stay on C8 and reach the intersection of Richards Road and Union Falls Road. Turn east – right – to get on snowmobile trail S81. A sign here points you towards the campground at Taylor Pond, your destination, 2.8 miles away.

S81 twists and turns to Bear Brook, which it crosses on a bridge. A two-minute walk beyond the brook is a T intersection. If you turn southwest – right – you hit Taylor Pond in 1,000 feet. Turn northeast – left – to stay on the route.

A three-minute walk leads you to another T intersection. If you turn north – left – you head to the north side of Carmel Mountain. Turn south – right – to stay on the route. A five-minute walk leads to you a split. If you turn southwest – right – you hit Taylor Pond in 1,000 feet. Stay south – straight – on the route.

The last intersection of the Geese Relocation is met. It's another split. If you turn south-southwest – right – you reach an enormous camping area on Taylor Pond in 1,000 feet. It's marked "Campground" on some maps. Stay south-southeast – straight – on the route.

Hike another 0.9 miles to reach the west end of Taylor Pond Campground, entering it at campsite number 8. Walk east through the campground, pass the caretaker’s cabin and boat ramp, and then cross the outlet of Taylor Pond. (Posted May 2017)

An updated map of this section is here.

>>> Northern Mountains section, Forestdale Road area. Guidebook p. 114-115. Map 7. Once you descend Catamount Mountain and T-bone Forestdale Road, turn east – left – on this road. After hiking 0.2 miles you'll see a yellow gate on the south – right – side of the road. Hike up this snowmobile trail to Cooper Kiln Pond Trail. This trail replaces a 2.1-mile cross-country section. (Posted December 2015)

An updated map of this section is here.

>>> Northern Mountains section, Connery Pond area. Guidebook p. 122-123. Map 8. A 0.3-mile-long public trail now doglegs around the private land next to Connery Pond. Use this trail instead of walking past the private residences. (Posted October 2018)

>>> High Peaks section, South Notch area. Guidebook p. 130-134. Map 9. The abandoned 1932 Olympic cross-country ski trail has become a tale of two trails. The first 1.3 miles are easy to follow. After that point, this trail is not worth searching for. At a point 1.3 miles from River Road, hike through the beaver meadow and wrap around the east – top side – of the large boulder, as described in the guidebook.

Once around the boulder, hike southeast a few hundred feet and then cross a small stream. Follow this stream upstream for a minute and encounter a drainage coming in from the southeast. Cross this drainage. Hike southeast up the left side of this drainage for 100 feet. Encounter scrap metal from old-time logging operations. Hike southeast – straight uphill – for 50 feet. Encounter an old stove: "Jewett's Fancy Boy." Continue southeast – climbing – for less than a quarter mile to "Split House Rock." This is an enormous boulder, split in half, perched at 2,190'. From Split House Rock, follow a bearing (adjusted for declination) of 148 degrees for one mile. This will have you reach the unnamed outlet of "South Notch Pond." Follow this unnamed stream from an approximate elevation of 2,400' to South Notch Pond at 2,600'. From this pond, continue into South Notch. (Posted October 2018)

An updated map of this section is here.

>>> High Peaks section, Mt. Van Hoevenberg. Guidebook p. 136-137. Map 10. A 1.7-mile-long trail now climbs to the top of this peak from the Olympic bobsled facility parking lot 0.9 miles from Route 73. This trail replaces the original 1.1-mile-long section of the route that ran from the parking lot to near the summit. That section used a combination of paved access roads and a hiking trail.

As you enter the Olympic bobsled facility parking lot, keep to the left. Once you pass the southernmost – farthest – section of the parking lot, pass through the entrance area, and turn a hard left steeply uphill on a service road. In this area on the east – left – side of this service road you will see a sign for Mt. Van Hoevenberg at a wooden staircase. This is just before this service road runs under a bridge that supports the bobsled run itself. Follow this trail for 1.7 miles – climbing nearly 1,000 vertical feet along the way – to a point just short of the true summit of Mt. Van Hoevenberg. At this point you T-bone another trail. Turn south – left – and reach the summit in a minute or two. From the summit, continue south towards South Meadow Road on the Trans Adirondack Route. (Posted December 2018)

>>> High Peaks and Cold River Country sections, High Peaks Wilderness Area. Guidebook p. 136-171. Maps 10-15. Since the inception of the Trans Adirondack Route, thru-hikers have been obligated to use bear-resistant food canisters when camping in the Eastern Zone of High Peaks Wilderness Area. This zone begins at the northern boundary of this wilderness area precisely at a footbridge in the low country of the 1.7-mile-long Van Hoevenberg East Trail, which was constructed in 2018. This zone is 20 miles long, includes 2,300 vertical feet of climbing, and ends at the crossing of the Hudson River near County Route 25. This crossing marks the end of the High Peaks section and the beginning of the Cold River Country section.

Beginning 2020, thru-hikers will be obligated to use bear-resistant food canisters when camping anywhere in High Peaks Wilderness Area. Thru-hikers will therefore be required to use these canisters across a distance of 49 miles (which includes 5,000 vertical feet of climbing), from the northern boundary of this wilderness area to its southern boundary at Tarbell Hill Lane. Bear-resistant food canisters are required nowhere else along the route. (Posted January 2019)

>>> High Peaks section, Opalescent River area. Guidebook p. 150-152. Map 12. The section between the former site of Gorge lean-to and paved County Highway 25 has become part of High Peaks Wilderness Area. You may camp anywhere in this area as long as it's 150 feet from trail, road, and water. A bear-resistant food canister is now required in this area since it's part of the wilderness area. (Posted January 2019)

>>> High Peaks section, Opalescent River area. Guidebook p. 150-152. Map 12. As of this writing, a new suspension bridge spans the Opalescent River. (Posted October 2018)

>>> Cold River Country section, Upper Works area. Guidebook p. 152-155, 156. Map 12. Once you cross the Hudson River, instead of hiking towards Route 25, follow an Open Space Institute trail to the Upper Works trailhead. This 0.8-mile-long trail, well-marked and well-signed, parallels the Hudson River and avoids the Route 25 road walk. (Posted October 2018)

>>> Cold River Country section, Duck Hole area. Guidebook p. 161-162. Map 13. The 1960 lean-to that stood at the outlet of Duck Hole has been removed. A replacement lean-to has been built next to Roaring Brook a half-mile north of Duck Hole. (Posted October 2018)

>>> Cold River Country section, Long Lake area. Guidebook p. 171-172. Maps 15, 16. A trail has been built to connect Three Brook Ski Trail (a side trail of the route) with Pavilion Road in the hamlet of Long Lake. Take this trail to enter or leave Long Lake for your resupply. Northbound thru-hikers, turn west – left – on either the south end (first intersection at 2,000') or north end (second intersection at 1,870') of Three Brook Ski Trail and hike west for either a mile or a half-mile, respectively, until you encounter a three-way intersection of Three Brook Ski Trail and the Pavilion Road trail. Hike the Pavilion Road trail west, then northwest, for a mile, cross under a power line twice, enter a clearing at the top of gravel Pavillion Road, descend on Pavilion Road, and T-bone routes 28N and 30 at South Hill Road and Mt. Sabattis Park. Turn east – right – to reach downtown Long Lake. Southbound thru-hikers just reverse these directions to leave the hamlet of Long Lake. (Posted August 2018)

>>> Big Wilderness section, Whitney Creek area. Guidebook p. 200. Map 20. Whitney Creek meadows should now be called Whitney Creek lake due to busy beavers. When you T-bone Whitney Creek, turn south – right – and bushwhack along the west shore of the creek for a quarter mile. Cross the creek on a beaver dam. The continuation of this Pilsbury Bay-to-French Louis Trail path is conveniently located on the east – far side – of the beaver dam. (Posted October 2018)

>>> Big Wilderness section, Piseco area. Guidebook p. 207, 247. Map 22. Casey's Corner at milepost 195 is closed. This means there's no resupply point between Long Lake (milepost 130) and the southern terminus (milepost 240). However, the Oxbow Inn a half-mile northeast of the former Casey's Corner serves excellent food. (Posted October 2016)

>>> Foothills section, Jockeybush Outlet area. Guidebook p. 219. Map 23. The southernmost cross-country section of the route, from next to the old dilapidated green cabin near Kennels Pond to Jockeybush Lake Trail, is marked with faded yellow paint blazes. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Tomany Mountain area. Guidebook p. 221. Map 24. As you descend towards Shanty Brook, cross two snowmobile trail bridges on C8, and then encounter a T intersection. Turn west – right. Within 50 feet, cross another bridge. Within another 50 feet, encounter a three-way intersection. Turn south – left – to stay on C8 and the Trans Adirondack Route, avoiding a snowmobile trail that climbs east – straight ahead. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Stewart Landing area. Guidebook p. 232-233. Map 25. You may actually come out on Stewart Landing Road at a point west of Stewart Landing, depending on if you turn left or right at a split on C8 as you near Stewart Landing Road. If you come out on this road at a point west of Stewart Landing (as your author did during his 2018 thru-hike), simply turn left – east – when you hit this paved road and walk a half-mile to Stewart Landing, then continue towards Glasgow Pond. (Posted October 2018)

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