LAKE PLACID NY — With the busy hiking season in the Adirondack region at hand, officials are urging hikers to use a new free shuttle service.

Fall is one of the busiest times of year on the Adirondack mountains and trails as families and guests visit the region from throughout the Northeast and around the world to enjoy the unparalleled splendor of the beautiful Adirondacks bursting with fall foliage.

To avoid parking shortages at trailheads, hikers can use the new free shuttle service. Leave your car at home or at your hotel and ride the shuttle to six nearby family-friendly hiking trails.

Beginning Sept. 13 and running through Oct. 6, and Friday through Monday during Columbus Day Weekend, Essex County will offer complimentary rides to and from the Whiteface Landing Trailhead, Copperas Pond Trailhead, Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge, and Bear Den Trailhead at Whiteface Mountain.

Essex County is undertaking this effort in collaboration with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Lake Placid’s Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the Olympic Regional Development Authority.

“Essex County is proud to take the lead in this endeavor to relieve overuse and overcrowding on our gorgeous trails,” Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman and Town of Willsboro Supervisor Shaun Gillilland said.

“By offering this transportation we hope that our hiking and back country enthusiasts will take advantage of the opportunity to explore the breathtaking trails less traveled.”

DEC supports Essex County’s efforts to provide hikers and other visitors with safe transportation to these trails, Commissioner Basil Seggos said.

“This pilot shuttle is part of DEC’s ongoing, comprehensive efforts to promote sustainable tourism in the High Peaks region and protect this irreplaceable resource,” Seggos said.

“The results of the pilot shuttle will inform our collective efforts to further expand a shuttle system in the future.”

ORDA President and CEO Mike Pratt said ORDA and Whiteface were excited to be a part of this shuttle program.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our two areas, Bear Den Mountain, and the Stag Brook Fall trails, while doing our part while helping to ensure the safety of families and all guests who visit the High Peaks during this exciting time of year,” Pratt said.

ROOST CEO Jim McKenna said the shuttle service will help expose visitors and hikers to new trails and vistas that they may otherwise miss.

“The six trails are varied and offer exceptional mountain and lake views,” McKenna said.

“The shuttle also provides a convenient and sustainable way for our visitors to enjoy our region during this fall season.”

The shuttle service has two departing locations in Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort (Shuttle stop 1) and Mirror Lake Park, across from the High Peaks Resort (Shuttle stop 2).

Service runs each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles are scheduled approximately every 60 minutes. The shuttle will stop transporting riders from Lake Placid after 2:47 p.m. to ensure hikers have enough time to enjoy their hike and not miss the last shuttle back to Lake Placid.

Visit https://www.lakeplacid.com/hiker-shuttle for shuttle map and full schedule.

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