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Old 08-14-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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High Peaks Regulations and Guidelines

  • No use of any motorized equipment.[1]
  • Sign-in at all trail registers.[1]
  • Carry out what you carry in. Practice "leave no trace" camping and hiking.[3]
  • Observe and enjoy wildlife and plants but leave them undisturbed.[3]
  • Removing plants, rocks, fossils or artifacts from state land without a permit is illegal.[3]
  • The storage of personal property on state land is prohibited.[3]
  • Skis or snowshoes required when there is snow-cover of 8 inches or more.[1]
  • Do not mark trails with plastic ribbons, paint, blazes or other devices, cut or clear trails, or mark summits.[1]

Group Limits
  • Day-use: maximum of 15 people.[1]
  • Overnight: maximum of 8 people.[1]
  • Affiliated groups exceeding the maximum limits must divide into smaller groups and maintain a separation distance of at least 1 mile at all times.[1]

  • Use pit privies provided near popular camping areas and trailheads. If none are available, dispose of human waste by digging a hole 6"-8" deep at least 150 feet from water or campsites. Cover with leaves and soil.[3]
  • Do not use soap to wash yourself, clothing or dishes within 150 feet of water.[3]
  • Drinking and cooking water should be boiled for 5 minutes, treated with purifying tablets or filtered through filtration device to prevent instances of giardia infection.[3]
  • No disposal of food in any water body.[1]

  • Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area: Requires pets to be leashed on trails, at primitive tent sites, at lean-to sites, at elevations above 4,000 feet, or areas where the public congregates.[1]
  • Valid and current rabies inoculation for any dog.[1]

Camping Location
  • No camping above 4000 feet.[1]
  • Camping between 3500 and 4000 feet is limited to designated sites.[1]
  • Primitive tent site provides space for not more than three tents, designed to accommodate a maximum of eight people. A primitive tent site shall be designated by an official department sign or disk.[1]
  • Tents must be within 15 feet of official camping sign or disk at primitive campsites.[1]
  • Camping is allowed only at designated sites or at locations at least 150 feet from any road, trail, or water source.[3]
  • Tents (including hammocks) are not allowed inside lean-tos. Around lean-tos, camp at least 150 feet from the lean-to unless there is a "Camp Here" marker.[2]

Camping Duration
  • Open camps (lean-tos) may not be occupied by the same person or persons for more than three successive nights or for more than 10 nights in any one calendar year, provided others wish to use such camps.[4]
  • Stays of more than three days in one place require a permit.[3]

  • Observe quiet hours between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.[1]
  • Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area: Requires the use of Bear Canisters between April 1 – November 30.[1]
  • Western High Peaks Wilderness Area: Take reasonable steps to keep food, toiletries and garbage from bears. [1]
  • No camp structure other than tents, tarps, lean-tos, or those composed of snow.[1]
  • Lean-tos cannot be used exclusively and must be shared with other campers.[3]
  • Primitive campsites are first-come-first-served, and cannot be reserved. It is proper etiquette to share your campsite for one night if a second camper or group of campers arrives after dark especially if there is rain, cold or strong winds. In the morning the second group should pack up and move on to find another location.[2]
  • The enclosure of the fronts of open camps is prohibited, except by tying canvas or nylon tarpaulins in place or erecting snow walls. The use of wood, nails, screws or other fasteners is prohibited[4]
  • Glass containers are prohibited.[1]
  • Do not use an audio device which is audible outside the immediate area of a campsite.[1]

  • Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area: not permitted.[1]
  • Western High Peaks Wilderness Area: permitted below 4000 feet. Must be 150 feet from any road, trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water OR at a primitive tent site or lean-to site.[1]
  • Fires should be built in existing fire pits or fireplaces if provided. Use only dead and down wood for fires. Cutting standing trees is prohibited. Extinguish all fires with water and stir ashes until they are cold to the touch. Do not build fires in areas marked by a "No Fires" disk. Camp stoves are safer, more efficient and cleaner.[3]

Bear Mitigation
  • Use of bear canisters is encouraged.[5]
  • Pack a minimal amount of food.[5]
  • Cook away from your campsite. Choose an area at least 100 feet away from your sleeping area.[5]
  • Cook and eat before dark.[5]
  • Be neat and clean while cooking.[5]
  • Keep food in storage containers.[5]
  • Avoid leftovers.[5]
  • Never leave food unattended.[5]
  • Do not wear clothing to bed that was worn while preparing or eating meals.[5]

Bear Canisters
  • Food, toiletries and garbage must fit inside the canister whenever you leave it unattended, throughout the entire trip.[6]
  • Store the canister at least 100 feet from the campsite and 100 feet from the cooking area.[6]
  • Store the canister on level ground in an area where it will not be obviously visible to a passing bear.[6]
  • Hanging canisters is not recommended. Bears in this region that are able to get the canister out of a food hang will be able to carry it away using the rope tied to it. The shape of the canister alone makes it more difficult to carry away.[6]
  • Do not store canisters in carrying case or attached to your backpack overnight (bears may carry away your pack with the canister).[6]
  • Do not store canisters in or near water. Canisters are not watertight and do not float.[6]

1. ^"High Peaks Wilderness Area Regulations"
2. ^"NY State Primitive Camping Rules and Guidelines"
3. ^"NY State General Camping Rules and Guidelines"
4. ^"NY State Lean-to Regulations"
5. ^"NY State Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts Guidelines"
6. ^"NY State Bear Canisters Guidelines"

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