Trans Adirondack Route thru-hikers: Keep your 2013 maps and Blue Line to Blue Line: The Official Guide to the Trans Adirondack Route guidebook current. Print these updates and bring with you into the field, or mark up your maps and guidebook before heading out

>>> Far North section, northern terminus, p. 89, 241: 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 clintoncountypublictransit.com -- 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 to stay on Route 190. Follow it for 2.5 miles. Turn south on County Route 2 (Brandy Brook Road). Follow this south for 0.9 miles to the northern Blue Line marked by the "Ellenburg Center" sign on the west side of this road. (Posted September 2018)

>>> Far North section, Lyon Mountain area, p. 96-99: If you don't want to trudge along the road walk section from downtown Lyon Mountain to Number 37 Road (if hiking southbound), you may walk the 9.3-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 of the old rail line, due to liability issues. Visit this not-for-profit ATV club at -- outbackridersinc.org -- to submit your membership application. Make note on your application that you're a Trans Adirondack Route thru-hiker. (Posted June 2016)

>>> Northern Mountains section, Silver Lake area, p. 108-110: 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 (you missed this road if you continue down Union Falls Road another 0.2 miles and encounter a decrepit green house on the right). This dirt road descends, turns a hard right, and then climbs to a pass (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. When you cross Gilpin Prow, the top of Gilpin Hill is to the east – your left. Keep on your bearing, 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 marked with a cairn and flagging.

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. It's named for the great blue heron population it hosts. 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. Do not go this way. 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. The southern terminus of the Trans Adirondack Route is 185 miles away. (Posted May 2017)

>>> Northern Mountains section, Forestdale Road area, p. 114-115: Southbounders, 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. Southbounders, descend this snowmobile trail from Cooper Kiln Pond Trail to Forestdale Road. This trail replaces the 2.1-mile cross-country section. (Posted December 2015)

>>> High Peaks section, South Notch area, p. 130-134: The abandoned 1932 Olympic cross-country ski trail has grown over greatly during the past few years. This trail is difficult to follow once it leaves the unnamed tributary (2,070') of Roaring Brook. Southbounders should take a bearing from the wetland (2,600') west of South Notch (2,850') to the upper reaches of the unnamed tributary of Roaring Brook (a bearing of west-northwest). Follow the tributary down until you meet up with the ski trail that runs next to it. The ski trail crosses the brook at 2,070'. Then you're back on the route headed to River Road. (Posted June 2014)

>>> High Peaks section, Opalescent River area, p. 150 to 152: The section between the former site of Gorge lean-to and paved County Highway 25 is public land. The guidebook states it's private land. You can camp anywhere in this section as long as it's 150 feet from trail, road, and water. This area, the MacIntyre East Tract, is not part of High Peaks Wilderness Area. A bear-resistant food canister is not required here. (Posted May 2016)

>>> Cold River Country section, Long Lake area, p. 171-172 : A trail has been built to connect Three Brook Ski Trail (a side trail of the route) with the south end of Pavilion Road in the hamlet of Long Lake. Take this trail to resupply in Long Lake. Northbound thru-hikers, turn west – left – on either the south end (first intersection at 2,000' elevation) or north end (second intersection at 1,870' elevation) 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 until you hit a power line. Cross under the power line, descend on Pavilion Road, and T-bone Route 28N and 30 at South Hill Road and Mt. Sabattis Park. Turn east – right – towards downtown Long Lake. (Posted August 2018)

>>> Big Wilderness section, Piseco area, p. 207, 247: 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). (Posted October 2016)

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

>>> Foothills section, Tomany Mountain area, p. 221: Northbounders, snowmobile trail C8 T-bones a wide, well-defined path that goes straight uphill. This is Tomany Mountain Trail. There's no sign here. Continue uphill on Tomany Mountain Trail, which shares tread with C8, for less than 500 feet. At this point, look right for a less-defined trail, which is the continuation of C8. Continue on C8. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Stewarts Landing area, p. 232-233: Northbounders, cross Sprite Creek and T-bone paved Stewart Landing Road. Continue up this paved road for 0.3 miles until you see a Dead End road sign. Turn left to leave Stewart Landing Road and then hike on a narrow dirt road with signs that say "Forest Preserve." Pass some campsites. To your right are signs for C8. Private property signs are straight ahead. C8 is marked with a sign reading "No Motorized Vehicles." Continue north on C8. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Glasgow Pond area, p. 236-237: Northbounders, once you cross the outlet of Glasgow Pond you encounter a four-way intersection. Take the sharpest left possible, which heads along the pond's north shore. (Posted April 2014)


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