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State plans Indian Ladder trail reopening

State plans Indian Ladder trail reopening

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State crews will chip away at a half-mile of cliff along the iconic Indian Ladder trail in Thacher State Park in a bid to reopen the trail later this summer.

Workers will remove “any loose surface material: from the cliff face that “may present a rockfall hazard,” according to a statement from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Last summer, a woman hiking along the trail was seriously injured when she struck by falling rocks, and the 2.5-mile trail trail has been closed to the public ever since.

“Crews (will) consist of experienced rope handlers and scalers, who are suspended along the slope edge to chip away loose rocks and debris,” according to the parks satement. “Depending on weather, this process and subsequent clean-up is expected to take approximately 4-6 weeks.

The trail “will will reopen once work is complete,” the statement continued. The work crews do similar work on gorges in state parks in the Finger Lakes region.

Source: Times Unition
State plans Indian Ladder trail reopening

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