Not too much has changed since last week for hiking conditions in the Adirondacks and especially the High Peaks Region. Conditions can quickly change, so be prepared for for the weather to be colder and/or wetter than what’s in the forecast.
There is still ice and snow on trails. If you are going to be hiking above 3,000 feet in elevation, bring snowshoes, crampons, micro-spikes, or skis. Don’t walk on any ice, it’s not safe. This includes Avalanche Lake, the Flowed Lands, and Lake Colden! Trails below 3,000 feet may be muddy. Walk through the mud, not around it!
One of the best hiking safety tips we can offer is to make sure you let someone know where you will be hiking, and when you expect to be home. (You should be doing this year-round, every time you go hiking).
Be safe – don’t do anything risky in the back country, the mountains and trails will still be there on a nicer day!
Photo: Mike Tracy