Adopt a Highway

Lady ADK46er bagging trash along the highway - Adopt a Highway.
Lady ADK46er bagging trash along the highway – Adopt a Highway.

We, as 46ers, are constantly looking for ways to give back to the communities that are home to the mountains we love. Being a 46er is more than just hiking to the top, and back down again, of all 46 high peaks. A 46er is a friend and steward of the mountains. This is apparent when you take a look at the various ways and amounts of time, energy, and money we donate to give back to the trails and the surrounding areas.

The 46ers have adopted 3 two mile long sections of highway on Route 73. In order to fulfill our adoption agreement, it is necessary for us to complete 4 cleanup outings each year. Our first outing was on April 29, 2021. It was a huge success. In just one of our 2-mile sections, 5 dedicated volunteers collected 15 bags of garbage! We had a lot of friendly and happy motorists honking, waving, and giving us a thumbs up as they drove by. We left with a feeling of accomplishment and pride.

Are you willing/able to help us on one or all of our upcoming outings?

For more information or to get onto our volunteer list, email Lee at

The 2022 dates for clean up will take place on:

  • April 28th
  • May 26th
  • June 14th
  • July 21st
  • August 18th
  • September 15th
  • October 12th
  • November 10th

For years, people have asked for ways to give back during the week because they often work the weekend shifts and have less availability on weekends; well, here is your chance! Our cleanup schedule will take place on weekdays in an effort to avoid weekend traffic in the area.

Keeping safety in mind, the Adirondack 46ers have purchased 2 reflective safety highway signs, one for each end of the adopted section we are working on. These signs will help keep us all safer to help alert oncoming drivers that a litter crew is ahead. Hard hats, safety vests, orange garbage bags and litter grabber tools are all supplied.

We will have a supply of nitrile examination gloves; however most people decide to bring their own work gloves. Another safety related item: you are required to wear long pants, no shorts. We would really hate to have to inform a volunteer that they could not participate because they showed up wearing shorts. Also, while the NYSDOT recommends leather shoes or boots rather than sneakers, please make sure that whatever footwear you have is closed toe with your heel covered.

Please take note that in 2020, the 46er Executive Board of Directors adopted a new Sexual Harassment prevention, and Code of Conduct policy. Beginning in 2021, ALL volunteers will now be required to take the approved online training AND sign the 46er Sexual Harassment and Code of Conduct policy yearly PRIOR to attending volunteer activities.

If you are considering volunteering, please allow yourself enough time to complete the training, which takes approximately 45-50 minutes, so that information can be submitted and entered into our database for reference at each event. Training certificates and signed policies will not be accepted by leaders at events. The Executive Board recently approved that you will earn 1 hour toward your Conservation Service Award (CSA) for completing the online training if both your certificate and signed policy are submitted. Screenshots of training certificates AND signed policies can be sent to activity leaders or emailed directly to our database coordinator at

The link to the approved online training and policy: We have adopted this policy to protect not only our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, but also the club that we love. We appreciate your efforts to give back to the mountains.

Our Adopt-a-Highway mission is to leave the sides of the road looking beautiful! Will you lend us a hand?

ADK46ers Adopt a Highway - full trash bag along the guardrail
ADK46ers Adopt a Highway - full trash bag along the guardrail
ADK46ers Adopt a Highway litter crew ahead sign
Two ADK46ers participating in an Adopt a Highway cleanup

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