I have had so much interest in this series I thought I would encourage people to submit what trail they think should be built. Let's keep this conversation going and, if you would like, share a trail in the Saranac Lake area that you think might be appropriate for one or more outdoor recreation uses. Once I have completed posting my ten trails (and an additional blog post or two wrapping up my thoughts on the topic) I will start posting trails submitted that I think are appropriate. You can make your submissions by sending them to me HERE. Let me hear from you.
Trail #6 - Saranac Lake to Mountain View
This is a route recommended by Naj Wikoff in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise August 14th. You can read his piece on it HERE. It makes so much sense to create this as a bicycle trail before we worry about the Adirondack Scenic Rail line. It has virtually all the features of what has been proposed for the Saranac Lake to Old Forge route and it is available now! I have bicycled and X-C skied sections of it. It needs surfacing for bicycles but we could get a 28 mile trip to Mountain View and on to Malone with minimal cost. It is a trail that would be easy biking, hiking, and X-C country skiing. It is already a popular snowmobile line.
Since this is such a long route I have provided three maps. You can click on each one to get a close up view.
6. Saranac Lake to Mt. View
From the Harrietstown Road north of Saranac Lake to Mountain View via the old railroad bed/Power line right of way
It already exists as a snowmobile trail and could readily be turned into a multi-purpose year around trail.