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High Peaks Wilderness - Unit Management Plan

The High Peaks Wilderness Complex is comprised of three distinct, but interrelated units: the Ampersand Primitive Area, the High Peaks Wilderness, and the Johns Brook Primitive Corridor. While its topography varies considerably, the area is predominantly high mountain country, containing many of New York's highest peaks. The primary attraction is Mount Marcy, the state's highest peak at an elevation of 5,344 feet. The eastern portion of the wilderness is heavily used by recreationists. Western segments of the wilderness are more remote, receive substantially less use, and offer some of the best opportunities for solitude in the northeast.

For a description of recreational opportunities in the unit, please visit the High Peaks Wilderness recreation page.

Status of the UMP

The Department adopted a Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the High Peaks Wilderness in 1999. If you have questions about the UMP, please email us at

Download the UMP

High Peaks Wilderness Complex Unit Management Plan (PDF, 3.4 MB)
Environmental Impact Statement (PDF, 700 KB)

2018 Amendment - Management of New Lands

Since 1999, over 84,000 acres of land have been added to the High Peaks Wilderness, including portions of the Boreas Ponds Tract. The Department has completed a UMP amendment that proposes recreational facilities and opportunities within and adjacent to these recently-classified lands.

2018 Amendment to the High Peaks Wilderness Complex UMP (PDF, 6.3 MB)
Appendix D - Response to Public Comments (PDF, 1 MB)

2000 Amendment - Little Porter Mountain Trail Relocation

This amendment proposed the relocation of the Little Porter Mountain Trail to reduce the amount of private land crossed by the trail.

2000 Amendment to the High Peaks Wilderness Complex UMP (PDF, 1 MB)