Trans Adirondack Route hikers: Consult the updates below to keep your 2013 maps and Blue Line to Blue Line: The Official Guide to the Trans Adirondack Route guidebook current. Simply print these updates and bring with you into the field, or mark up your maps and guidebook before heading out.

>>> Far North section, Lyon Mountain area, p. 96 to 99: If you do not want to trudge along the road walk section from downtown Lyon Mountain to Number 37 Road (if hiking southbound), you may now walk the 9.3-mile section of the old D and H rail line instead. To gain permission to do so, thru-hikers must join the Outback ATV Riders Club, leasee of the old rail line, due to liability issues with the owner of said rail line. Visit this not-for-profit ATV club at -- www.outbackridersinc.org -- to submit your membership application. Make note on your application that you are a Trans Adirondack Route thru-hiker. (Posted June 2016)

>>> Northern Mountains section, Silver Lake area, p. 108 to 110: Known as the Geese Relocation, this new section of the Trans Adirondack Route trades in 3.5 miles of road walking for 6.2 miles of woods hiking. New and improved directions below cover from Union Falls Pond dam to the outlet of Taylor Pond, a distance of 8.4 miles with 900 vertical feet.

A grassy viewpoint near the dam and outlet of Union Falls Pond 43.2 miles into the route marks the end of Section One, Far North, and the beginning of Section Two, Northern Mountains. Leave this grassy viewpoint on the north shore of Union Falls Pond and hike east on Alder Brook Road, crossing the Saranac River at the dam. Once you are on the other side of the Saranac River, Alder Brook Road becomes Union Falls Road. Hike 0.4 miles down Union Falls Road and turn onto a dirt road, which leads south – right – off the pavement (you missed this road if you continue down Union Falls Road another 0.2 miles and encounter a decrepit green house on the right). This dirt road descends, turns a hard right, and then climbs to a pass (1,530 feet) to meet a red gate 0.6 miles from Union Falls Road. Behind this gate is land belonging to L. Douglas. Here you begin a 0.7-mile off-trail section to box around Mr. Douglas's property.

From the gate follow a bearing (adjusted for declination) of 176 degrees. Descend, cross a small wet area, and then climb to "Gilpin Prow," the ridge that spills off 1,657-foot Gilpin Hill. When you cross Gilpin Prow, the top of Gilpin Hill is to the east – your left – and seventy vertical feet above you. Keep on your bearing, descend from the prow, enter a flat area, and continue 200 feet across the flat area until you almost enter a spruce swamp. If you followed your bearing well, you will find the corner of Douglas's property here. It is marked with a cairn and flagging on a fir.

At the property corner set a new bearing (adjusted for declination) of 86 degrees. Follow this bearing for 0.2 miles, along the way crossing a wet area choked with spruce. Pop out on an old road, which is a snowmobile trail. If you followed your bearing well, you will pop out at another red gate. You have successfully boxed around Douglas's property.

Turn south – right – on this snowmobile trail, and follow it for 0.5 miles to snowmobile trail junction CL6C. Turn southeast – left – to stay on the Trans Adirondack Route. A sign here points you to Taylor Pond and Fern Lake. You are now on snowmobile trail C8.

Follow C8 for 1.2 miles. Here you meet "Rookery Pond" to the north – your left. It's named for the great blue heron population it hosts. C8 wraps around the east end of Rookery Pond and continues to an unsigned intersection. Here a trail leads north – left – down to Silver Lake. Stay northeast – straight – on the Trans Adirondack Route and C8. Immediately after this intersection, which is one mile from Rookery Pond, you cross a small snowmobile bridge.

Less than a half-mile of hiking leads you to another unsigned intersection. Here a trail leads north – left – down to Silver Lake. Stay east – straight – on the Trans Adirondack Route and C8. Immediately after this intersection, C8 takes a hard right.

Encounter another intersection. Here S81A leads southwest – right – to Taylor Pond. Stay on the route and C8 by continuing east – straight.

A five-minute walk leads you to snowmobile trail junction CL39C. If you head north – straight – you will stay on C8 and reach the intersection of Richards Road and Union Falls Road near the Silver Lake Mountains trailhead. Do not go this way. Turn east – right – to get on snowmobile trail S81. A sign here points you towards the campground at Taylor Pond, which is 2.8 miles away.

S81 twists and turns its way down to Bear Brook, which it crosses on a snowmobile bridge. A two-minute walk beyond the brook is a T intersection. If you were to turn southwest – right – you would walk 1,000 feet down to Taylor Pond where Bear Brook enters it. Turn northeast – left – to stay on the route.

A three-minute walk leads you to another T intersection. If you were to turn north – left – you would end up on the north side of Carmel Mountain. Turn south – right – to stay on the route.

A five-minute walk leads to you a split. If you were to turn southwest – right – after a 0.2-mile walk you would reach Taylor Pond. Stay south – straight – on the route.

The last intersection of the Geese Relocation is met. It's another split. If you were to turn south-southwest – right – after a 0.2-mile walk you would reach an enormous camping area on Taylor Pond, this area marked "Campground" on some maps. There are two fire rings, two privies, and two picnic tables there. Stay south-southeast – straight – to stay on the route.

Hike another 0.9 miles to reach the west end of Taylor Pond Campground, entering it at campsite number 8 where there is a trail register. To stay on the route, walk east through the campground, pass the caretaker’s cabin and boat ramp, and then cross the outlet of Taylor Pond. The southern terminus of the Trans Adirondack Route is 185 miles away. (Posted May 2017)

>>> Northern Mountains section, Forestdale Road area, p. 114 and 115: Southbounders, once you descend Catamount Mountain and T-bone Forestdale Road, turn left (east) on this road. After hiking 0.2 miles you will see a yellow gate on the right (south) side of the road. Enter the woods here to hike on this new snowmobile trail, which leads to Cooper Kiln Pond Trail. This snowmobile trail replaces the 2.1-mile cross-country section that ran through this trail corridor. Southbounders, follow this new snowmobile trail from Cooper Kiln Pond Trail down to Forestdale Road. (Posted December 2015)

>>> High Peaks section, South Notch area, p. 130 to 134: The 1932 Olympic cross-country ski trail has grown over greatly during the past few years, and maintenance is not allowed. This abandoned trail is difficult to follow once it leaves the unnamed tributary (2,070') of Roaring Brook and climbs towards South Notch. Southbounders should take a bearing from the wetland (2,600') west of South Notch (2,850') to the upper reaches of the unnamed tributary of Roaring Brook (a bearing of west-northwest). Follow the tributary down until you meet up with the ski trail that runs next to it. The ski trail crosses the brook at 2,070'. Then you are back on the route headed to River Road. (Posted June 2014)

>>> High Peaks section, Opalescent River area, p. 150 to 152: The section of the route between the former site of Gorge lean-to and paved County Highway 25 is now public land. The guidebook states it is private land, yet this section is now within the MacIntrye East Tract. You can camp anywhere in this section as long as it is 150 feet from trail, road, trailhead, and water. The MacIntyre East Tract is not part of High Peaks Wilderness Area. Therefore, a bear-resistant food canister is not required. (Posted May 2016)

>>> Big Wilderness section, Piseco area, p. 207, 247: Casey's Corner at milepost 195 is now closed. This means there is no good resupply point between Long Lake (milepost 130) and the southern terminus (milepost 235). (Posted October 2016)

>>> Foothills section, Jockeybush Outlet area, p. 219: The southernmost cross-country section of the route, from right next to the old dilapidated green cabin near Kennels Pond to Jochybush Lake Trail, is now marked, at least part of the way, with yellow Dept. of Environmental Conservation paint blazes. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Tomany Mountain area, p. 221: Northbounders, snowmobile trail C8 T-bones a wide, well-defined path that goes straight uphill. This is Tomany Mountain Trail. There is no sign marking it as such. Continue uphill on Tomany Mountain Trail, which shares tread with C8, for less than 500 feet. At this point, look right for a less-defined trail, which is the continuation of C8. Continue on C8. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Stewarts Landing area, p. 232 and 233: Northbounders, cross Sprite Creek and T-bone paved Stewart Landing Road. Continue up this paved road for 0.3 miles until you see a Dead End road sign. Turn left to leave Stewart Landing Road and then hike on a narrow dirt road with signs that say "Forest Preserve." Pass some campsites. To your right are signs for C8 and private property signs are straight ahead. C8 is marked with a sign reading "No Motorized Vehicles." Continue north on C8. (Posted April 2014)

>>> Foothills section, Glasgow Pond area, p. 236 and 237: Northbounders, once you cross the outlet of Glasgow Pond you encounter a four-way intersection. Take the sharpest left possible, which heads along the pond's north shore. (Posted April 2014)


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