The weather looks good for hiking this weekend! However, high bear activity has been reported in a certain area of the Adirondack Region, and biting insects are still out – learn how to protect yourself and stay safe while out hiking.
- Crown Point: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 73° and partly cloudy, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 75° and sunny
- Lake George: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 77° and partly cloudy, Sun 81° and sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 69° and partly cloudy, Sat 69° and mostly cloudy, Sun 74° and sunny
- Malone: Fri 69° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and sunny, Sun 74° and sunny
- North Creek: Fri 74° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 76° and sunny
- Saranac Lake: Fri 71° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and sunny
- Speculator: Fri 73° and mostly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 75° and partly sunny, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 77° and sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 70° and partly cloudy, Sat 71° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and sunny
Remember to check the weather right before you leave, as weather conditions can and do change. It will be colder and windier at the summits.
Trails are drying up but you may encounter wet and muddy conditions in some locations, particularly in low spots and along waterways. Some steep sections of trails may have experienced additional erosion due to recent heavy rains – rocks, gravel, and dirt in these areas may be unstable.
Walk through the mud and water, not around it, to protect trailside vegetation and avoid erosion of trails. The DEC is reminding us that it’s not hiking or fun if your hiking shoes don’t get wet and muddy!
Water levels are still above average for this time of year. Water crossings should be passable but you may need to get your feet wet on larger brooks.
Bears & Bear Resistant Canisters
Bear resistant canisters are required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, although recommended throughout the Adirondacks.
The DEC has let us know that hikers and campers have encountered high bear activity in the Dix Mountain Wilderness. Bears have approached hikers in the area around Gill Brook, Indian Pass, Mount Colvin, Elk Pass, and Nippletop.
Fire danger is currently low.
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.