Editor’s Note 10/2/20: The Pinnacle Trail has re-opened for public use after a temporary closure. The trail has changed slightly, so be sure to follow the Lake George Land Conservancy disks. Hikers should not attempt to access a blocked section of the old trail.
The Pinnacle Trail in Bolton Landing is now closed per the Bolton Town Board, according to Warren County’s Facebook page. Read on to see what prompted this closure and what you can do recreate outdoors safely during this public health crisis.
Pinnacle Trail Closed Until Further Notice
Warren County posted yesterday, April 7th, about the Town Board’s decision to close the trail. This closure is in effect as of today, April 8th. They cited Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover saying the popular trail has been “overwhelmed with traffic.”
The small parking area is designed for four or five cars, but 30+ vehicles were parked there and along Edgecomb Pond Road on Monday. It’s become clear that it’s impossible to maintain social distancing regulations in the parking lot, at the trailhead, and at the summit.
The Board also believes that the traffic they’ve seen indicates the trail is attracting people from outside the region, which goes against the state’s instruction to recreate locally.
Recreate Responsibly on Trails Close to Home
Other hiking trails within Bolton Landing are still open. Hikers must maintain at least six feet of distance from each other on the trail and avoid each other in parking lots, trailheads, and summits. Hikers should choose trails close to their home.