New York officials urge hikers to stay off most popular trails

TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2015 FILE PHOTO

Adirondack High Peaks, including snow-capped Mount Marcy, the state’s highest summit, rear center, are reflected in Boreas Pond in North Hudson, N.Y.

(Mary Esch/AP)

ALBANY — New York conservation officials are urging Adirondack hikers to stay off the most popular trails in the High Peaks region this fall and range into other parts of the 6 million-acre park.

The Department of Environmental Conservation said less used routes offer equally great fall foliage and a less crowded back-country experience.

Its suggested alternatives include Rocky Peak, where the East Trail in the Giant Mountain Wilderness ascends 6.7 miles and 3,600 feet from the trailhead on Route 9N to the summit.