RAY BROOK - Gates on snowmobile trails on Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Franklin County are now open.
That's according to state Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Betsy Lowe.
DEC typically waits until there is a foot of snow cover before opening the gates in order to protect the trail surface, the riders and natural resources adjacent to the trail.
Gates are now open on trail sections C7B between the village of Saranac Lake and Lake Kushuqua and C8 between county Route 26 in the town of Franklin and the Blue Mountain Road in the town of Waverly.
There are some changes including some major reroutes due to logging operations on both the Santa Clara Tract and Sable Highlands conservation easement lands. Due to logging operations on the Santa Clara Tract, the Madawaska Road and Conversation Corners Road will be closed to snowmobiles and the Snowmobile Corridor C8 will be rerouted.
Signs on the trails instruct snowmobilers on which routes are open this winter. A map of the open routes in that area can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/71219.html. Portions of these routes may be plowed from time to time so riders should be cautious and aware of motor vehicles that may be on the road.
Trail maps, trail conditions and other information regarding snowmobiling may be found on the Franklin County Tourism Web site at www.gosnowmobile.com.