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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.

A Unit Management Plan (UMP) for the High Peaks Wilderness was completed in June 1999. If you have comments or questions about the UMP, please email us at r5.ump@dec.ny.gov.

Download the UMP

High Peaks Wilderness Unit Management Plan - PDF (3.4 MB)