The Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley will be Closed for Summer 2019
Press release from the Town of Keene:
The Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead – one of the main access points to the eastern High Peak Wilderness – will be closed to public motor vehicles during the spring and summer of 2019 due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. Construction of the replacement bridge, located in Keene Valley, Essex County, will begin as soon as weather and road conditions allow and is expected to last through the summer. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to pass the bridge once construction is started through completion of the project.
Hikers and backpackers may gain access to the Garden Trailhead by parking at Marcy Field Parking Lot and using the Town of Keene Shuttle. The bus will transport hikers between the parking lot and the trail head. This will be the only means for accessing the Garden Trailhead during the closure period.
The Town of Keene plans to operate the Shuttle from 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week. The cost will be $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). However, due to the current lack of bus drivers this schedule may be reduced. Please check the town website for up-to-date shuttle schedules.
The Town is working closely with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) to help inform hikers and provide them with information about the closure, the shuttle, and alternative hikes in the area.
The Town recognizes that this is a major disruption during the nicest hiking weather, but the bridge replacement is a critical public safety issue. The current bridge is in such poor shape that plow trucks, fire trucks, and ambulances cannot use it.
Please respect the closure, no parking signs, and private property. Don’t park or walk on private property to gain access. There will be posted No Parking areas along Adirondack St., Market St., and Johns Brook Rd. Illegally parked cars will be towed.
The Town of Keene appreciates the public’s patience and understanding in this matter. Please see our website for shuttle information and other hikes in the Keene area.
2019 GARDEN/JOHNS BROOK VALLEY HIKER SHUTTLE SCHEDULE
The Garden Parking Lot in Keene Valley will be closed Summer 2019 and cars must park at Marcy Field. Parking for hiker access to the Johns Brook Valley via the Garden Parking Lot will be from Marcy Field.
The Johns Brook Bridge is being replaced this construction season and there will be no through traffic for cars or pedestrians.
Hikers can park at Marcy Field and ride the shuttle to the Garden trailhead. The cost will be $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). The shuttle will run from 7 am until 7 pm, and the town intends to run the shuttle seven days a week. There may be interruptions to the schedule if the town can’t hire enough bus drivers to staff the schedule. If you have a CDL with a bus endorsement and want to work part-time in a beautiful setting, please contact the supervisor.
The town is working closely with the DEC and Adirondack Mountain Club to help inform hikers and provide them with access in spite of the temporary closure. The town recognizes that this is a major disruption during the nicest hiking weather, but the bridge replacement is critical. The current bridge is in such poor shape that the town can’t run plow trucks over it safely. Please respect the closure and don’t park or walk on private property to gain hiking access. Illegally parked cars will be towed. Town Employees and DEC Rangers will monitor the lot during the week.
The shuttle schedule below will commence as soon as the bridge is closed. The exact date the bridge is to close is determined by the weather. This page will be updated as work progresses toward the closure of the bridge.
Monday: Shuttle Closed
Tuesday: Shuttle Operating 7 am to 7 pm
Wednesday: Shuttle Closed
Thursday: Shuttle Operating 7 am to 7 pm
Friday: Shuttle Operating 7 am to 7 pm
Saturday: Shuttle Operating 7 am to 7 pm
Sunday: Shuttle Closed