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, and soon they will be used for grazing and haying again, in an agreement with a neighboring organic dairy farm. The lower forest on the lower slope will be maintained to buffer 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 purchase possible by donating two-thirds of the land value. Adirondack Land Trust is raising funds for our stewardship endowment to help cover the cost of the property's perpetual care. We are working with neighbors to encourage use of the land as a sugarbush for maple syrup production and to explore re-introduction of grazing on the uplands as a way to keep the spectacular view clear.
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If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to: Adirondack Land Trust, PO Box 130, Keene, NY 12942.