Trail Crew Volunteers
It is time to sign up for maintenance projects that Forty-Sixer crews will undertake in 2017. We have included a signup sheet (link below). Please use it for your email to Tom Fine at email@example.com. Come and join us as often as you can.
Joe, Sam, Tom and, Pete, Trailmasters
Download full trail maintenance schedule and fillable email-friendly sign-up form here
(Updated - Must fill document, save, and attach to email; May also fill and fax or snail-mail.)
2017 Trail Maintenance Schedule
Saturday May 13, Dix-Round Pond Drainage/Blowdown Sweep
We will clear blowdown from the trailhead to the summit of Dix and clean water bars along the route.
We will meet at the trail parking lot on Route 73 at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday May 27, Spring Meeting Work Day
This year is different. We are not working from the Loj. We will have one crew doing the spring sweep on the North Trail to Giant and the other crew will be doing the spring sweep of Dix from Elk Lake. The North Trail crew will meet at the trailhead parking lot, Route 9N at 7:30 a.m. The Dix crew will meet at Frontier Town at 7:15.
Saturday June 3, National Trails Day
The Trailmasters will be teaming up with the ADK for this event. You can join us by registering through the ADK.
Saturday June 10 & Sunday June 11, Boquet Leanto Move
Weekend 1 of the Boquet Leanto move. Moving the Boquet Leanto from its location near the river.
Saturday June 24 & Sunday June 25, Boquet Leanto Move
Weekend 2 of the Boquet Leanto move. Moving the Boquet Leanto from its location near the river.
Saturday July 22 & Sunday July 23, Women’s Only Weekend
We will stay at Sharp Bridge campground for the weekend, and work on projects on nearby trails.
Saturday August 19 & Sunday August 20, Putnam Pond Weekend
We will camp at a Putnam Pond campground and work with Brett. Campsites will be available Friday afternoon, so join us then if you can.
Saturday Sept 9 & Sunday Sept 10, Marcy Dam area work
We will be working on a variety of projects in the Marcy Dam area. Meet at the Loj parking area at 7:30 a.m.
Fall Meeting Trailwork
We will work on Saturday, the day of the fall meeting. We will meet at 7:00. We will send further details to those who have signed up.
Please sign up with Tom Fine [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] for each outing that you plan to attend. We rarely change a scheduled event, but if we do and you haven’t signed up, we can’t contact you about any change. In accordance with DEC policy, children under sixteen years of age cannot perform trail work.
If you have been avoiding climbing Iroquois because of the quagmires of mud, muck, and stagnant water along the Algonquin/Boundary/Iroquois ridge, you are in for a pleasant surprise! The spring the Adirondack Mountain Club's profesional trail crew [under the supervision of Andrew Hamlin (ADKT Trails Coordinator), Robert Daley (Forester 2, DEC), and Wes Lampman (North Country Operations director, ADK)] built a series of stringer bridges...Read more
Ranger Delbert Jeffery chose the summer of 2012 to tackle the much maligned Bradley Pond Trail which climbers travel to reach the just as often derided Santanoni Range peaks. He found in the 46er Volunteer Trail Crew the perfect partner for the task at hand.
We are talking here of a section of trail that starts once one leaves the private hunting club's gravel road some 1.8-miles from the trailhead's parking area. It stretches 2.6 miles mostly in what 46er Trail Master Pete Hickey appropriately calls "perpetual mud" all the way to the lean-to which sits north of Bradley Pond, its namesake (also known as Santanoni lean-to), under the shadow of Henderson Mountain.
In spring, 2012, a few sections were flagged and ready for re-routing. Later, by mid-summer materials had been delivered even though a long half-a-mile from the work site! On June 23 and 24, the 46er crew opened the new sections, a tedious job which involved cutting, leveling, blocking off the old trail with debris, installing trail markers and directional signs, etc., for a grand total of .5-mile!
The longer re-routed section is between the turn-off (at the often flooded Beaver Pond) for the Panther Brook herd path and the lean-to where the trail now sits on higher ground. During those two days and on September 15, the crew dug numerous drainage ditches and installed 240 feet of bog bridging. Needless to say, hauling the lumber to the site was the most challenging part of the assignment.
Our 46er crew will be back in 2013, as Ranger Jeffery is planning more re-routing. He has ordered the necessary materials not only for additional bog bridges but also for rebuilding the first rickety (unsafe) bridge and repairing the larger one spanning high above Santanoni Brook, which presently lacks a railing.