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Getting Around in the high peaks

It’s no secret we all love the Adirondacks. The allure of wild lands beyond the communities is irresistible to many, and this has become increasingly noticeable with the uptick in hikers seen around the entire Adirondacks. To help lessen impacts, certain strategies have been implemented to help hikers ensure a parking spot and to help motorists safely navigate the Route 73 corridor where some trailheads into the High Peaks are located. More info on parking reservations.

Town of Keene Hiker Shuttle 

The Town of Keene Shuttle, also known as the "Garden Shuttle," transports hikers from Marcy Field to The Garden will run on weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Indigenous People's Day weekend. Some of the hikes accessible from this shuttle are:

  • Big Slide

  • Haystack (the High Peak) via The Garden

  • John Brooks Lodge

  • Gothics via The Garden

  • Saddleback via The Garden

  • Basin via The Garden

  • Upper and Lower Wolfjaws via The Garden

The cost is $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). The fee collected will go to support road and parking lot maintenance, porta-potties, and front county stewards staff. Pets are not allowed on the shuttle; certified service animals are permitted.

Essex County Route 73 Shuttle (Marcy Loop)

The Essex County Route 73 Shuttle (Marcy Loop) route will run along Route 73, starting at Marcy Field and ending at the Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and then turning around. The shuttle will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 23 through Oct. 8, and will also run the same schedule on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. The final loop providing return trips to Marcy Field will begin at approximately 6 p.m. There is no cost associated with riding the shuttle and no fee for parking at Marcy Field. Download the map and schedule.

Some of the hikes accessible from this shuttle are:

  • Giant via the Ridge Trail

  • Giant via Roaring Brook Falls

  • Giant's Nubble

  • Rooster Comb

  • Roaring Brook Falls

  • Chapel Pond

  • Giant's Washbowl

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