Give Back to the Mountains 2022

Adirondack 46ers Trailhead Steward Training Agenda

Sunday, April 24th, Saturday, May 7th and Saturday, June 11th – you only need to attend one session


Adirondack Educational Center conference room
711 State Route 3
Saranac Lake

8:00 am: Gather, complete paperwork, distribute uniform shirts*
9:00 am: Introductions and Why we are here / NYS DEC Forester/ Q&A
10:00 am: NYSDEC Forest Ranger/ Q&A
11:00 am: LNT/hikeSafe – consistency of messaging is important
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Authority of the Resource/ Interacting with the public/Common Questions
2:00 pm: Your responsibilities/review of the handbook and site locations/Demos
3:00 pm: Supporting and recognizing your work service award hrs, fb page/Q&A
4:00 pm: Dismissal

*If you have a shirt you would like to return for a different size, please bring it with you.

Please complete the Sexual Harassment online training, and read and sign the sexual harassment policy prior to this class.

Trailhead Steward Training for Volunteers!

CLICK HERE for more info! If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for training information, please send an email to:

Looking for a way to give back to the mountains? Become an ADK 46er Steward!

The 46er Trailhead Steward Program (TSP) is a collaborative effort involving the Adirondack 46ers, the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The program focuses on “education, conservation and information” to/for the general hiking public, in an effort to improve the sustainability of the High Peaks trails and improve the hiking experience for all.

trailhead steward patch

Beginning in June 2017, 46er volunteer Trailhead Stewards were stationed at the Cascade Trailhead on Route 73 (between Keene and Lake Placid) on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (through Columbus Day), between the hours of 8AM and 4 PM. Our volunteers (2-4 scheduled each day) spoke with those heading out (and returning from) their hike regarding DEC rules and regulations, “Leave No Trace” hiking principles, and safety/preparedness concerns.

Over the course of the season, our volunteers encountered more than 13,000 human hikers and more than 600 canine hikers at the trailhead. They provided information on rules and regulations (such as dogs on leash), alternate hikes, hiking safety and preparedness, preservation of the resource…and yes…even how to properly dispose of poop!

To become a 46er Trailhead Steward, you must be a registered/completed 46er, complete a one-day training program, and be willing/able to volunteer at least two full days during the season. These days can be two consecutive days (a weekend, for example), or they can be single days on different weekends. And, of course, you can volunteer as many days as you like! An added bonus is that TSP volunteers receive 8 hours of Conservation Service Award credit for each day served.

Interested in joining us? Please email Joe Ryan, (#3787) TSP volunteer coordinator, at the email shown below.

The next training session (required prior to service) will be announced. (More information will be provided as it becomes available.)

Meet you at the trailhead!

Joe Ryan
Volunteer Coordinator
46er Trailhead Steward Program

Recommended Hikes Outside The High Peaks

Click Recommended Hikes Outside the Adirondack High Peaks for the English language PDF download version.

Click Recommended Hikes Outside the Adirondack High Peaks – French (Randonnées Recommendées Au Lieu Des Adirondack High Peaks) for the French language PDF download version.

Thank You Yvon Daigle #6264 for French Translation of LNT, hikeSafe Materials!

The trailhead steward program gratefully acknowledges the time and effort of Yvon Daigle #6264 for translating the LNT and hikeSafe materials into French for us. The numbers of visitors to the Cascade Trailhead that were French speaking encouraged us to seek someone who could translate this important information. Yvon willingly volunteered to spend his time preparing the documents for distribution at the trailhead. We thank him for his time and effort in making this happen.