Here’s the latest hiking and trail information for the Adirondacks.
Photo credit: Carl Heilman
Weather: Be prepared for warm and hot weather – loose, non-cotton clothing is recommended. Carry and drink plenty of water, rest often, and protect yourself from the sun with a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Temperatures are colder and winds are stronger at the summits.
Thunderstorms: Avoid the summits, open areas, and being on the water during thunderstorms. If a thunderstorm rolls in while you’re hiking, make your way to a lower elevation or otherwise seek shelter. Find a low spot away from tall trees; seek shorter trees, and crouch down away from the tree trunks.
Water: Water levels are average or below average in most rivers and streams, making water crossings fairly easy. Of course, water levels can rise quickly during and right after rain.
Mud: Trails may be wet and muddy along the water and in lower areas. Remain on trails and walk through the mud and water to avoid eroding vulnerable vegetation off trail.
Bear-resistant Canisters: As always, the use of bear-resistant canisters is recommended throughout the entire Adirondack region if camping, and is required in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
Wood Burning Stoves: Wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks; the ban on campfires applies to any type of use of wood as fuel.
State Route 73 Bridgework: The DOT is working on several bridges on State Route 73 between St. Hubert’s and Alstead Hill Road west of Keene. There is single lane with traffic lights and/or flaggers on most bridges – expect delays.
Boreas Ponds Tract: The purchase of this tract by the state has been completed, but the DEC is still developing an interim recreation plan. Access to the tract is limited to foot traffic only beyond the closed gate. The public is prohibited from trespassing in and around the lodge on Boreas Pond and the leased hunting camps.
High Peaks Wilderness:
Blueberry Horse Trail: This trail between the Calkins Creek Horse Trail and Ward Brook Horse Trail in the Western High Peaks contains a substantial blowdown, and is grown in with vegetation and is poorly marked. The trail is impassible to horses. The DEC is aiming to work on this trail in the fall.
Phelps Trail: The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook between the Garden and Johns Brook Lodge is broken and unstable.
Corey’s Road: Logging trucks are using this road. Be cautious of trucks when entering the road from trailheads.
Garden Trailhead Parking Area: There is a $7 a day fee for parking. An attendant is present 1pm to 7pm on Fridays, and from 7am until 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays until October 16th. The rest of the week, hikers are expected to pay the fee using the envelope and collection slot.
Garden Trailhead Shuttle: The shuttle operates between the Porter Mountain/Marcy Trailhead Parking Area and the Garden Trailhead from 7am to 7pm on weekedays and holidays through October 16th. A roundtrip costs $5.
Ward Brook Truck Trail: This trail is flooded due to beaver activity. There is no reroute around the water. If you hike this trial be prepared to walk through shin- to knee-deep waters.
Trail Near Uphill Lean-to: A 10-foot section of this trail along the Opalescent River above Lake Colden has been washed out due to heavy rains. Hikers may go around this area through the trees, but use caution when doing so.
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 down stream side of the bridge sites.
Mount Marshall: Many of the herd paths and some of the other trail-less peaks go around the slopes without actually reaching the peak. Navigate with a map and compass instead of following paths forged by others.
Trap Dike: Do not use the equipment abandoned here – it has been aged and weatherized to the point of being unsafe.
Calkins Creek Horse Trail: This trail has two bridges out, making it very difficult for horses and impassible for horse drawn wagons.
Dix Mountain Wilderness:
Adirondack Mountain Reserve (Ausable Club): The public easement agreement for this reserve allows only for hiking, snowshoeing, or skiing on designated trails and roads. Traversing the Lower or Upper Ausable Lakes is prohibited. Do not tresspass on AMR lands or waters or participate in authorized activities. Dogs are also prohibited on the AMR.
Giant Mountain Wilderness:
Mossy Cascade Trailhead: This trailhead is unavailable while construction is going on at the nearby State Route 73 Bridge over the East Branch Ausable River.
Chapel Pond Pass: All rock climbing routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs are now open. All rock climbing routes on the 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 work on this fire tower has been completed, but it is still closed to the public at this time.
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness:
Rock Climbing Routes: All rock climbing routes on the Labor Day Wall and Moss Cliff in Wilmington Notch are closed to allow peregrine falcons to nest.
State Route 86 Bridge Over the West Branch Ausable River: Construction is occurring until November 1st. Parking near the bridge will be restricted. Hikers accessing Whiteface Landing are discouraged from using the parking areas near the bridge – use the parking area along Route 86 near the Connery Pond Road instead.
Paddlers using that section of river are advised to find an alternative route, and are discouraged from paddling under the bridge.
Whiteface Brook Lean-to: Volunteers have reroofed this lean-to.