We have received many phone calls and emails from customers and friends expressing concern over how the Mountaineer has fared since Irene came through on Sunday. Thank you all for reaching out to us. The Mountaineer was very lucky, suffering only minor water damage. Our Garage Sale down the street as well as the nearby businesses and homes were not so fortunate, with extensive flooding and damage in both Keene Valley and Keene. The community is pulling together and helping to get everyone back on their feet–spirits are high but there’s a lot of work ahead.
For those of you with plans to come to the area, here’s the current situation: Travel throughout the region is mostly possible with some exceptions. Route 73 is closed south of Keene Valley, and traffic coming from I-87 is being detoured though Elizabethtown. While you can reach Keene Valley from the detour, the Chapel Pond area is not accessible. Route 73 is open from Keene Valley to Lake Placid. The other notable road closure in the area is route 9N between Keene and Jay.
The DEC has closed all trails in the Eastern High Peaks, Giant and Dix Wilderness areas. They have not stated how long the trail closures will be in effect, but it will be at least through Labor Day and likely longer. If you were planning a hiking trip in the High Peaks you’ll need to come up with alternate activities, but that doesn’t mean you need to cancel! Local stores, restaurants and lodging will be open this weekend and could use your business now more than ever.