In all seasons, on Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths, photographers pull over at the spot where the Mackenzie Range and Whiteface Mountain burst into view, "offering an utterly magnificent vista," as Bill McKibben wrote. The Adirondack Land Trust protected this stunning panorama in 2016 when it purchased 238 acres, including roadside fields.
These fields were historically used for agriculture. The Adirondack Land Trust will keep the property in order to keep the meadow open to protect the view and future grazing and haying potential. The lower slope is covered by forest that buffers the water quality of Twobridge Brook and Bloomingdale Bog, the third-largest boreal peatland in New York State.
The moon and sun rise over Whiteface Mountain's ridgeline. At day's end, sunlight bathes the mountains—part of the draw of an evening trip to Donnelly’s Soft Ice Cream just down the road. Panoramic vistas are rare along the tree-lined roads of the Adirondack Park interior, and this is one of the best you can find without climbing a mountain.
A generous landowner made this purcahse possible by donating a third of the value. Adirondack Land Trust is raising $170,000 to cover the remaining share of the purchase cost and related transaction expenses, and to endow the property's perpetual care.
For information on how you can help, contact Nancy Van Wie, director of philanthropy, at (518) 817-9244 or email@example.com.