22 New Slides are Reasons to Visit the Backcountry
Irene left some 22 new slides up in the mountains. That means new vistas, changed trail routes and new backcountry skiing options.
The Town of Keene has a new, greatly improved, website with a lot more information than the old one. Check it out here. Here is the new link to hiker parking and shuttle information. On Jan 1, the Town will have a new zero-sort recycling center.
Recovery from the flooding caused by Irene continues, even after three years. Hulls Fall Road, the Keene footbridge and the Marcy Field swimming hole dam remain to be fixed. Work on Gulf Brook in Keene will continue. There will be more work to restore John's Brook. All the bridges on Rt 73 from I-87 to Lake Placid will be replaced over the next 2 years. It takes a long time to put a small town back together after a flood!
If you are staying in a B&B, please note some changes. One place was torn down and is now the site of the new firehouse in Keene. Another in Keene Valley is closed, and for sale, as the owner passed away. Actually, another Keene Valley B&B is for sale too, and it remains open for guests. So, make your reservations early since there are not as many beds as there were before the flood.