Bear Safety in the Adirondack High Peaks: Canisters Required

Bear canister and cookset
Average read time 1 min

Human-bear encounters are common in the high peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains. This has led the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to require non-pliable bear canisters to be used by backpackers in the Eastern High Pekas from April 1 And November 30.

Using a canister is not only a way to secure your food, but it will reduce the likelihood that Yogi will continue to return to high-use campsites. The trick is the canisters need to be used properly with a proper camp set-up.

Check out the video on Adirondack bear safety and how to use a bear canister in your campsite.

Related post: How to Hang a Bear Bag: The PCT Method

Join the Trailhead Newsletter, it’s Free!
The latest trips, tips, stories, news, and more, broadcasted to your inbox!
We respect your privacy. We will not sell or give your info to anyone!

NYSDEC and other resources on bear safety

Bear Resistant Canisters

Backcountry Information for the High Peaks Region

Reducing Human-Bear Conflicts