The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend – if you’re hiking, check out trail conditions and current notices.
Weather: Although the forecast looks good, remember that weather can change at any time. Wear appropriate clothing and check the National Weather Service Forecast before heading out. Trails may still be wet along water bodies – hikers should wear waterproof footwear and gaiters.
Weather in the High Peaks will be colder and winds will be stronger. Sight distance might limited in terms of getting a great view at the summit.
Muddy Trail Advisory Rescinded: Hikers may once again hike the high elevation trails in the High Peaks region! The DEC notes its appreciation to those hikers who avoided these trails for the last few weeks, thereby protecting sensitive vegetation.
Water Levels: Water levels are average, and are expected to continue to drop though the weekend as no rain is forecasted.
Bear-Resistant Canisters: The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, and is recommended throughout the Adirondacks.
Wood Burning Stoves: Wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks. The ban on campfires is applicable to any type of use of wood as fuel.
State Route 73 Bridgework: The DOT is still working on several bridges on State Route 73 between St. Hubert’s and Alstead Hill Road west of Keene. Expect single lane traffic on most bridges and plan for delays.
Boreas Pond Tract: This tract is limited to foot traffic only for the time being; motor vehicles, bikes, and horses are prohibited. The public is also prohibited from trespassing in and around the lodge around Boreas Pond and the leased hunting camps.
High Peaks Wilderness:
Blueberry Horse Trail: This trail between Calkins Creek Horse Trail and Ward Brook Horse Trail in the Western High Peaks contains extensive blowdown, vegetation has grown in, and the trail is poorly marked. It’s also impossible for horses to complete the Cold River Horse Trail Loop. The DEC is aiming to work on this trail in the fall.
Phelps Trail: The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook on this trail between Garden and Johns Brook Lodge is broken and unusable.
Corey’s Road: Logging trucks are being used – listen and watch for the trucks when on or entering the road from trailheads.
Garden Trailhead Parking Area: There is a $7 a day parking fee. An attendant is present between 1pm and 7pm on Fridays; and 7am to 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays until October 16th. The rest of the time hikers are expected to pay the fee using the envelope and collection slot.
Garden Trailhead Shuttle: The shuttle runs between the Porter Mountain/Mary Field Trailhead Parking Area and the Garden Trailhead from 7am to 7pm on weekends and holidays through October 16th. A roundtrip costs $5.
Ward Brook Truck Trail: This trail is flooded due to beaver activity just north of the junction with Northville-Placid Trail. There is no reroute around the water. If you go this way, you will need to walk through shin- to knee-deep waters.
Trail Near Uphill Lean-to: A 10-foot section of the trail along Opalescent River above Lake Colden was washed out from heavy rains. Hikers can get around this by going through the trees, but use caution.
Bradley Pond Trail: The first and second foot bridges have been damaged and are unusable. The stream can be forded/rock hopped most of the time on the downstream side of the bridge sites.
Mount Marshall: Many of the heard paths and some of the other trail-less peaks go around the slope of the mountain without actually reaching the peak. Those climbing here should use a map and compass; don’t follow paths forged by others.
Trap Dike: Do not use the abandoned equipment here – many of the materials are unusable and unsafe from weather and aging.
Calkins Creek Horse Trail: This trail has two bridges out, making it impossible for horse drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
Dix Mountain Wilderness:
Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) (aka Ausable Club): The public easement agreement only allows for hiking on designated trails and roads. Do not trespass on AMR lands, waters, or participate in unauthorized activities. Dogs are prohibited on the AMR.
Giant Mountain Wilderness:
Mossy Cascade Trailhead: Construction is preventing the use of the trailhead at this time.
Chapel Pond Pass: All rock climbing routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs are now open. All rock climbing routes on Lower Washbowl Cliffs remain closed to allow peregrine falcons to nest.
North Trail to Giant Mountain: Beaver activity has flooded this trail just past the lean-to.
Hurricane Mountain Wilderness:
Hurricane Mountain Fire Tower: The fire tower is closed to the public at this time as restoration efforts are underway.
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness:
Wilmington Notch: All rock climbing routes on the Labor Day Wall and Moss Cliff are closed to allow peregrine falcons to nest.
State Route 86 Bridge Over West Branch Ausable River: Construction is going on until November 1st. Parking near the bridge will be restricted. Hikers accessing Whiteface Landing are discouraged from using parking areas near the bridge – you can park instead in the parking area along Route 86 near the Connery Pond River.
Paddlers using that section of river are advised to find an alternate way and are discouraged from paddling under the bridge.
Whiteface Brook Lean-to: This lean-to has been reroofed thanks to Lean2Rescue and the Syracuse University Outing Club.