Heading to the Adirondacks for some hiking this weekend? Here’s what you need to know about current trail conditions and specific notices.
Hikers are still advised to avoid trails above 2,500 feet due to wet, muddy, icy, and snowy conditions.
Remember, even though the weather is warming up, higher elevations can still be covered in melting snow and ice, leading to wet and muddy conditions. By staying on the lower trails you will help avoid further erosion in the thin, vulnerable soil.
Trails in the lower elevations should be dry and firm, although mud and water may be present along bodies of water. All hikers should wear waterproof footwear and gaiters. Walk straight through the mud and water – don’t go off trail to avoid it, as you may damage trailside vegetation.
Water levels are below average for this time of year, but will rise with the forecast of rain. Water temperatures are cool. If you’re boating or padding you should wear a flotation device at all times.
Mosquitoes and black flies are out – follow these steps to reduce your chances of encountering these biting insects: wear light colored long sleeves and pants, tuck shirt into pants, button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist, tuck bottom of pant legs into socks, bring a head net to wear when insects get thick, and use an insect repellent with DEET (follow label directions).
If camping, bear-resistant canisters are required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness. All food, toiletries, and garbage must be stored in bear-resistant containers. Make sure campfires are out completely with wood, coals, embers, and ash cool.
Phelps Trail: The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook between Garden Trailhead Parking Area and Johns Brook Lodge is broken and unusable.
South Meadow Lane: Road is open to public motor vehicle use.
Connery Pond Road: Road is open to public motor vehicle use.
Garden Trailhead Parking Area: A fee is being charged for parking by the Town of Keene. The shuttle between the overflow parking area at Marcy Field and the Garden Trailhead will not be operating this weekend.
Whiteface Landing Trail: Trail has been rerouted to avoid private camps on Connery Road. The new route starts at the small parking area just before the private gate. Please respect private property and stay on trails.
Connery Pond/Whiteface Landing/West Branch Ausable River: Construction is underway at the State Route 86 Bridge over the West Branch Ausable River about three miles north of Lake Placid and is expected to continue until November 1st. Parking near bridge is restricted. Hikers accessing Whiteface Landing are asked not to use the parking areas near the bridge.
Paddlers using that section of the river are advised to find an alternate takeout. Paddlers are discouraged from paddling under the bridge during construction period. Entering the construction site or staging area is not allowed. Anyone parking near the bridge should use caution when pulling out of the area. Pedestrians should use the marked crosswalk.
Corey’s Road: The road is now open to public motor vehicle traffic. Logging operations are going on in this area; be alert to logging trucks.
Elk Lane Road: Clear Pond Gate on this road is open.
Ward Brook Truck Trail: This trail is flooded due to beaver activity north of the junction with Northville-Placid Trail.
Lake Colden to Marcy Trail: A 10-foot section of trail near Uphill Lean-to along the Opalescent River above Lake Colden was washed out from heavy rain. Hikers can get around this by going through the trees, but use caution.
Bradley Pond Trail: The first and second foot bridges on this trail are damaged and unusable. The stream can be forded/rock hopped on the downstream side of the bridge sites.