ADK’s professional trail
crew working on the trail to Avalanche Lake
The muscle of the program, crew members have from one to three seasons of trails experience and typically range in age from 16 to the 20s. Most are in college, some are juniors or seniors in high school, but all are looking for a physically and mentally demanding position for the summer. The Adirondacks is a unique and challenging place to learn trail skills. That being said, our members make the best leaders. On average, two-thirds of the crew returns each season, so it’s apparent that they enjoy their work. Many of our first year members have already been involved in our volunteer trails program or as a volunteer in other trails-related settings.
ADK’s 24-member crew logged 14,713 hours, working on trails throughout the Adirondack and Catskill park. Some of their accomplishments include:
- 121 miles “patrolled” (all drainages cleared, all blowdown removed)
- 299 rock steps installed
- 212 feet of rock waterbars constructed
- 17 bridges installed, spanning 339 feet
- 142 feet of timber ladders assembled
- 628 cubic foot rock retaining wall constructed
- 41 miles of new trail installed
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