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High Peaks trails sustain significant storm damage

Monday, August 29, 2011
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— The eastern High Peaks region of the Adirondacks saw extensive damage to its back-country trail system from Hurricane Irene, including the washing out of the footbridge at Marcy Dam, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The bridge is a link used by many hikers heading into the High Peaks.

"It got pushed right over the dam," said DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell.

Forest rangers are in the backcountry today, Winchell said, assessing damage and looking for any stranded campers or hikers who may have ignored Friday's advisory to stay out of the Adirondack wilderness because of the wind and rain that lashed the mountain region on Sunday.

While details of the damage are still being discovered, "we know there was extensive trail erosion and loss of bridges" throughout the popular trail system, Winchell said.

 
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