Leave No Trace: For the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness
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  by Allison Rettman, as published in the September/October 2008 issue of Adirondac Magazine
Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the Eastern High Peaks.
  • Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use, and visit in small groups.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

The Eastern High Peaks is a popular area, so concentrate use:

  • Walk single-file in the center of the trail, even when it's wet and muddy.
  • On alpine summits, step only on bare rock.
  • Camp in designated sites or lean-tos.

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Pack it in, pack it out! Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
  • Use existing outhouses or deposit human waste in catholes 6-8 inches (15-20cm) deep, atleast 200 feet (60m) from water, camp, and trails.
  • To wash dishes and yourself, carry water at least 200 feet (60m) away from streams or lakes. Scatter gray water to avoid concentrated deposits.

Leave What You Find

  • Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects a you find them.
  • Do not build structures or furniture, or dig trenches.

Use a Camp Stove

  • Campfires can cause lasting negative impacts on the backcountry and are prohibited in Eastern High Peaks.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters their behavior, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protected wildlife and your food by storing food, toiletries, and trash in bear-resistant food containers.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail (uphill hikers have the right of way.)
  • Let nature's sound prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

 

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