After a couple of weeks of thunderstorms in the Adirondack Region we are actually looking at some pretty good weather this weekend – high 70s to low 80s, with mostly cloudy or partly cloudy, which means it won’t be brutally hot either. Although the trails have dried up from the recent rains, you can still expect to encounter some muddy trails in certain areas.
- Crown Point: Fri 85° and mostly sunny, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 73° and scattered showers
- Lake George: Fri 87° and mostly sunny, Sat 82° and partly cloudy, Sun 77° and showers
- Lake Placid: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and mostly cloudy, Sun 73° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 74° and scattered showers, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 73° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 79° and mostly cloudy, Sat 77° and partly cloudy, Sun 72° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 76° and scattered showers, Sat 75° and mostly cloudy, Sun 74° and mostly cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly cloudy, Sun 71° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 85° and mostly sunny, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and mostly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 75° and mostly cloudy, Sun 74° and mostly cloudy
Remember that temperatures will be colder and winds stronger at the summits.
While trails were wet and muddy last weekend, they have dried up quite a bit. However, still expect to encounter water and mud in certain locations, particularly in low spots and along waterways. Remember to walk through the mud and water, not around it, to prevent further erosion of trails. Some steep sections of trails may have experienced significant erosion due to recent heavy rains – rocks, gravel, and dirt in these areas might be unstable.
Water levels are currently above average for this time of year. Water crossings should be passable but you might need to get your feet wet.
Fire danger is currently low.
Thunderstorms are not currently predicted for this weekend in the Adirondack Region, but of course weather forecasts can and do change. If you encounter a thunderstorm rolling in avoid summits, water surfaces, and other open areas. Move to lower elevations, head to shore, or otherwise seek shelter. If you can’t get to shelter, find a low spot away from tall trees – find an area of shorter trees and crouch down away from the tree trunks.
Bear Resistant Canisters
Bear resistant canisters are required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, although recommended throughout the Adirondacks.
The bugs are out! Mosquitoes, deer flies, and biting midges (no-see-ums) are present throughout the Adirondacks. Follow these steps to ensure a comfortable hiking experience among our insect friends:
- Wear light colored long sleeved shirts and long pants
- Tuck shirt into pants
- Button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist
- Tuck the bottom of pant legs into your socks
- Pack a head net to wear when insects are abundant
- Use insect repellent with DEET
Practice Leave No Trace
Follow the “Leave No Trace Seven Principles:”
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
Specific Hiking Notices
All rock climbing routes are now open. Previously, the Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs were closed to allow peregrine falcons to nest.
Avalanche Lake Trail will be closed from August 15th through the 25th. The DEC and Student Conservation Association Adirondack Programs are replacing the “Hitch-up Matildas” – the bridging on the cliff face against the lake. Access through Avalanche Pass to the head of the lake and from Lake Colden to the outlet will be possible, but through the passage will be inaccessible. Plan alternate routes between Avalanche Camp and Lake Colden during this period. Also, the trail between Feldspar and Lake Arnold has some flooded sections, which do worsen during and after rains.
The high water bridge on the Calamity Brook Trail is unsafe, unusable, and should not be crossed. Crossing Calamity Brook, which is completely open at this time, without using the bridge will be difficult, especially with the high water levels. On warm and rainy days, water levels in the brook will be higher; plan accordingly. The East River Trail (aka the Opalescent River/Hanging Spear Falls Trail) can be used to access the Flowed Lands and Lake Colden. It’s an additional 3.7 miles one-way to reach the Flowed Lands using this route. The DEC will be working on stabilizing and repairing the high water bridge.
The Boquet Lean-To on the Dix Mountain Round Pond Trail is currently being repaired and has been moved away from the river by volunteers from the Adirondack 46ers. It’s not available for use; campers should use the designated primitive tent sites in the area.
The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook on the Phelps Trail between the Garden Trailhead Parking Area and Johns Brook Lodge broke in the spring of 2016 and the remains were removed. Materials were flown to the site so a new bridge can be built in 2017.
A trail reroute has been constructed around the flooded area on the North Trail to Giant Mountain just past the lean-to.
The trail across private lands to the summit of Owls Head is currently closed to public access and use on the weekends.
The High Peaks Information Center is now open.
Rock climbing routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs and Lower Washbowl Cliffs are now open.
The top landing on the Mt. Adams Fire Tower has been damaged by ice and wind. Fencing and railings were broken off and the tower stairs and landings are slippery. The top landing and the cab are closed to the public at this time. The DEC plans to repair the tower sometime this year.
Some sections of the trail between the Feldspar lean-to and Lake Arnold are underwater and impassable. Instead of taking the Lake Arnold/Feldspar Brook Trail, alternate routes are advised.
The first 1,500 feet of the Blueberry Hiking Trail in the western High Peaks has been closed. The trail now connects with the Blueberry Horse Trail approximately 0.3 miles east of the previous location (0.8 miles from Seward Trailhead). This reroute eliminates the need to hike through a large wet area, and also avoids hiking more than 120 feet of bog bridging.
The Blueberry Horse Trail between the Calkins Creek Horse Trail and Ward Brook Horse Trail in the western High Peaks contains extensive blowdown, is grown in with vegetation, and is also poorly marked. The trail is impassable to horses, making it impossible to complete the Cold River Horse Trail Loop. The DEC has worked to open up about 75% of the trail, and work on this trail is continuing.
The second bridge on the East River Trail to Allen Mountain and Hanging Spear Falls has been replaced. Please do not bounce on the bridge.
The bridge over Ouluska Brook on the Northville-Placid Trail has collapsed into the brook. If the water is low, crossing the brook is still possible. The Northville-Placid Trail has been rerouted around a beaver pond south of Plumley’s Point on the shores of Long Lake. The reroute passes the beaver pond higher up the slope and eliminates having to cross the beaver dam and the wet feet obtained when the water levels were high. Follow the blue NPT trail markers.
Beaver activity has flooded parts of Jack Rabbit Trail.
The Moose Creek Suspension Bridge between Shattuck Clearing and Cold River is now open.
The first and second footbridges on the Bradley Pond Trail are damaged and unusable. The stream can be forded/rock hopped.
Many of the herd paths found on Mount Marshall and some of the other trail-less peaks meander around the slopes of the mountain without reaching the peak. Those climbing these peaks should navigate with a map and compass rather than follow the paths created by others.
Fixed ropes, harnesses, and other equipment are often abandoned in the Trap Dike. Do not use any of these materials – they have been aged and weatherized, making them unsafe.
The Calkins Creek Horse Trail has two bridges out, making it impassable for horse-drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
The Interim Access Plan for the Boreas Ponds Tract has been developed, which identifies access and recreational opportunities including: five year-round parking areas and three seasonal parking areas, 3.2 miles of seasonal motor vehicle access on the Gulf Brook Road, 6.7 miles of roadway open to bicycling from Blue Ridge Road to the Boreas Ponds Dam, and approximately 25 miles of seven roadways open to horses and horse-drawn wagons. The public is prohibited from trespassing in and around the leased hunting camps.