Saranac Lake Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau announced that the village has secured easements from the Mt. Pisgah Ski Area to Old Lake Colby Road for use by cross-country skiers, hikers and mountain bikers.
The first easement extending about 4/10 mile from the ski area was granted by Saranac Laker James Hoyt and the other easement, about 3/10 of mile in length from the Hoyt property to Old Lake Colby Road was granted by Rabideau Corp., which is owned by the Mayor.
Said Rabideau, “We’ve been working on this first trail link for over a year and now, with a new cross-country ski season nearly upon us, we’ll be ready for it.”
Rabideau and fellow trustees hope to eventually link Mt. Pisgah on the north side of the village with the Dewey Mountain Ski area on the western edge as well as other parts of the community.
Rabideau commented, “This is all a work in progress and hopefully in the future, we can make that link, but it’s one step at a time and I can envision the next phase would be getting to the rail road track which is part of the Jack Rabbit Trail.”
The leases granted by Hoyt and Rabideau are “at will” and can be revoked by the landowners at any time. Further, no motorized vehicles, to include snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, will be allowed on the trails.
Said Rabideau, “It will be up to the trail users to respect the trails and take care of them so their use can be continued.”
Village Parks Director, Charles Martin, was already scoping the new trail this morning and plans to install trail markers sometime next week. The new Old Lake Colby Road trail will link to a system of new cross-country ski trails—designed by Local Olympic Champion Bill Demong—recently established upon the Mt. Pisgah grounds during the last year.