“It was an old landfill. The town got Cheney Mountain many years ago and had it logged. Instead of just letting it sit here, we decided we might as well let the community utilize it.”
Next, they’ll create a perimeter trail and maybe a dog park, he said.
Moriah Deputy Supervisor Paul Salerno said they’ve been discussing what to do with Cheney Mountain since 2004.
“It was suggested we look into doing something with the property where the community could enjoy the spectacular views. Years later, it was decided by the town board that we would establish a hiking trail to the top of Cheney Mountain.”
The town presented Champlain Area Trails Executive Director Chris Maron with an award for helping create the new hike.
“This is an honor for the organization I work with, Champlain Area Trails. The town has a wonderful resource (in Cheney Mountain). There are other places to hike than the High Peaks. We have trails really close by.
“We need to thank all the people, all the volunteers, who came out and cleaned this up and made an attractive trailhead.”
He said CATS has created about 20 miles of new trails since its inception two years ago.
“We’ve been talking about it (creating new trails) for years, but rather than just continuing to talk about it, we decided to take action.”
Cheney Mountain is listed as hike No. 22 in the new trails brochure and map recently printed by CATS with help from the Essex County Department of Public Health’s Creating Healthy Places Program.
Jordan Craig drove down from Lake Placid to hike the new trail.
“I wouldn’t have missed it,” he said. “This is the newest one. I told my friends, (but) they wouldn’t come down — they said it’s going to be a rainy day.
“I think it’s neat.”
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