State steps up parking enforcement in Adirondack High Peaks

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) Adirondack High Peak hikers beware: The state is stepping up parking enforcement in the area.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that at least 70 parking tickets were issued last weekend in the High Peaks and Giant Mountain wilderness areas.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and local police have increased patrols along a 4-mile stretch of Route 73, where roadside parking is now prohibited.

The state recently announced new parking restrictions along the winding and heavily traveled route. The restrictions come as the DEC is encouraging hikers to visit other areas of the Adirondacks.

A representative of the rangers union told the newspaper that enforcing parking restrictions near trailheads has had a "disastrous" impact on rangers' day-to-day operations.

Each ticket carries a $250 fine along with court fees.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)