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Old 12-03-2020, 12:03 AM   #2
DSettahr
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Thanks for sharing this.

It would be really nice to see a longer stretch of maintained trail that traverses this area, providing another connection between the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness to the south and the Independence River Wild Forest to the north. A quick glance at the trail map shows that in combination with existing trails to the west that also link those two areas, this could open up some interesting options for longer (3-4 day) backpacking loops- a type of opportunity that, for all of the region's vast tracts of public land, the Adirondack Park is currently surprisingly in short supply of.

If you were to include the Otter Creek Horse Trail system further west (and a couple of short road-walking sections), even longer loops would be possible still with the creation of such a trail across this area.

Of course, this also assumes that those already-existing connector trails are even remotely well-maintained to begin with... which is certainly an assumption at best. I've done a few trips into the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness, but have spent very little time in the Independence River Wild Forest, so I'm genuinely not sure what the current state is of those trails.
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