I am sorry to say, things look bad for the Adirondack backcountry as a result of Hurricane Irene’s recent visit.
What follows is the latest damage report from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).
- The access Road to Adirondak Loj is closed and impassible.
- Interbrook Way, which provides access to The Garden, is closed at the bridge crossing
over Johns Brook.
- New York State Route 73 is blocked and closed as a result of a wash out northeast of St. Huberts.
- Marcy Dam – as noted earlier, the footbridge crossing the dam is washed away.
Marcy Dam - flush boards are damaged, extent unknown.
Marcy Dam Truck Trail – there are 4 major washouts and the trail is impassible by ATV although the vehicle bridges remain intact.
- Klondike Notch Trail – the first bridge on the western end has been washed downstream to the South Meadows Trail.
- Van Hoevenberg (Mt. Marcy) trail has washouts 1-3 ft deep.
- Avalanche Pass Trail from Marcy Dam - Marcy Brook jumped its bank and
is rerouted. There is widespread damage to the foot trail.
- There are widespread landslides of varying degrees throughout the region. There are new
slides on Colden, the Trap Dike, Wright, Skylight, Basin Armstrong, Upper and Lower Wolf Jaw Mts, Dix, Macomb, Giant and Cascade.
- Many existing slides have widened and/or lengthened.
- The Duck Hole Dam has failed and one half of it has washed away. The pond is dewatered.
- Calamity Trail from Lake Colden is impassible south of the McMartin Lean-to.
- Suspension Bridge over Opalescent on Calamity Brook Trail is missing railings.
- An aerial survey indicates Mt. Adams and Hurricane Mt. fire towers are intact.
- Trails in Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area, Dix, Giant and Hurricane units are being signed closed and trail heads flagged off as crews reach trail heads.
- Trail assessments of the Hurricane Mt. Wilderness Area are currently underway.