As the leaves begin changing colors traffic in the Adirondacks High Peaks region becomes hazardous. And finding a place to legally park is nearly impossible. Several state agencies are hoping to alleviate the problem with a free hiker shuttle service to 6 trailheads.

Essex County is spearheading the project along with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Lake Placid’s Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, and the Olympic Regional Development Authority. The service will run September 13 through October 6, and again for Columbus Day Weekend, Friday through Monday. Round trip service will travel to the Whiteface Landing Trailhead, Copperas Pond Trailhead, Whiteface Mountain Ski Lodge, and Bear Den Trailhead at Whiteface Mountain.

Shuttles run approximately every 60 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and originate from two locations in Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort and Mirror Lake Park, across from the High Peaks Resort. The shuttles will stop departing from the resorts around 2:45 to make sure hikers have enough time to check out the scenery and not miss the last shuttle.

The 6 trails will feature Bear Den Mountain and the Stag Brook Fall trails. Here's more info on the shuttles and trails.

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