However, even they could not provide a current net total of the trail mileage in the park. Neil Woodworth, ADK's Executive Director explained, "It is difficult to provide an accurate number, possibly the (DEC's) Unit Management Plans could shed some light on it. Rather than creating new trails, we are rerouting old trails or providing new connector trails for recently acquired lands."
Woodworth mentioned projects such as new trails to the summits of Lyon Mountain and Mt. Adams near Tahawus, as examples of ADK's redesigned trails. These routes now incorporate a series of switchbacks to combat trail erosion, and lessen the pitch of the climb.
These are new trails, but the cumulative affect has very little change in the overall total mileage. It seems that we are not loosing trails, however we aren't gaining any either.
Next week, I hope to have a more complete answer to the perplexing question of how the addition of over a million acres into the Adirondack Forest Preserve, has not changed the trail mileage in more than 40 years?
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org