Summer Update

Summer is here and the popular cliffs throughout the Park have been busy. The officers and board of the ACC have been working hard on many different fronts to keep reasonable access to many of these popular cliffs. Read some of the recent press at the link below:

https://www.adirondackalmanack.com/2019/06/climbers-coalition-pushes-back-on-high-peaks-parking-restrictions.html

What the Current Route 73 Roadside Parking Closure Means for Climbers:

  • Roadside parking for the Spiders Web is CLOSED! Use the Chapel Pond Outlet Campground just across the road from the approach trail or use any of the legal parking areas around Chapel Pond. If you must cross or walk along the road, please be diligent in watching for traffic!
  • Competition” for parking with hikers has been inadvertently created at the pullouts for Spanky’s Wall, the Beer Walls and the Case Wall. Every weekend since the 2019 closure has been implemented, hikers have been parking in what has traditionally been climber parking. To guarantee parking at these pullouts on the weekends plan on arriving early, typically before 9AM.

Some positive things have been happening within the parking closure area:

  • Registration Kiosks have been added at King Phillips Spring Wall, Spanky’s Wall, Jewels & Gems Cliff, The Upper Washbowl & Creature Wall, The Spider’s Web & Lower Washbowl and The Beer Walls. Please be sure to register every time you visit a cliff! Over time, and in partnership with the DEC, we will learn climber usage patterns which will help us in our charge to be recognized as a relevant user group. Relevant closures, Leave No Trace ethics, and other information will also be posted at these kiosks.
  • Privy’s and Outhouses have been added or repaired at King Phillips Spring Wall, Jewels & Gems Cliff and the Beer Walls. Please use these!
  • The first section of Spider’s Web and Lower Washbowl approach trails have been rerouted.  Please be sure to leave the old section of trail brushed in and use the new, reroute down the grassy berm. It reconnects with the original trail at the foot of the talus field.

Many have noticed and inquired about 2019 trail work days. Unfortunately there is some bureaucratic issues we are working around but be sure to keep your eye out for (hopefully) an autumn trail work event!

As always, please drop us a line if you have questions or concerns regarding all things climbing in the Adirondacks.

Climb safe, climb often and see you out there!

– Will & Allison