July 29, 2021 – Lake Placid, NY – ADK and DackMap are excited to announce an updated version of the cellphone application that includes real-time information for hikers visiting the High Peaks Wilderness. After announcing a partnership back in March, ADK and DackMap have worked together to improve the app so that it reaches Adirondack Park visitors well in advance of their arrival. The update includes:
- Online parking capacity for the following trailheads: Heart Lake Program Center, Marcy Field, the Garden, and Rooster Comb.
- A pilot program testing virtual trailhead check-ins for app users at the Heart Lake Program Center.
All of this comes packaged with an updated interface and a complete rollout of an Android version of the app. The update fits into a broader strategy that ADK has been taking over the last year to educate hikers while they are planning for their trips at home.
“In order to reduce impacts related to high use, we need to equip hikers with information before they arrive at the trailhead,” said Michael Barrett, ADK Executive Director. “This includes everything from Leave No Trace ethics to up-to-date parking capacities so hikers have the tools to make safe and smart decisions. DackMap is well-poised to fill this need.”
The check-in feature will allow users to review their hike and report any trail damage in the backcountry after they’ve scanned in at the trailhead. In order to maximize the reach of the updated application, ADK and DackMap engaged local partners, including the NYSDEC, ROOST, and the Town of Keene.
“Working with our local partners, DEC is undertaking comprehensive efforts to promote sustainable use as more New Yorkers head outdoors to explore and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of the Adirondacks,” said New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos. “To succeed in these efforts and safeguard this resource for future generations, it’s critical to work with partners like ADK to protect public safety and New York’s environmental gems. We applaud ADK and the new DackMap technology, which complements existing tools like trail registers, and bolsters outreach to promote sustainable use.”
DEC encourages hikers to continue to use trail registers, which provide Forest Rangers with critical information in the event of an emergency, and to visit DEC’s Love Our NY Lands webpage to learn more about how to practice responsible recreation when enjoying the outdoors.