Although there’s no rain predicted for this weekend many trails are wet and muddy from recent showers. See what else you need to know for hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend with the weather report, trail notices, and more.
- Crown Point: Fri 70° and partly cloudy, Sat 72° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and mostly sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 65° and partly cloudy, Sat 68° and mostly sunny, Sun 69° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 76° and mostly sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 63° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and mostly sunny, Sun 66° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 66° and partly cloudy, Sat 68° and mostly sunny, Sun 69° and mostly sunny
- North Creek: Fri 67° and partly cloudy, Sat 69° and mostly sunny, Sun 70° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 65° and partly cloudy, Sat 67° and mostly sunny, Sun 69° and mostly sunny
- Speculator: Fri 65° and partly cloudy, Sat 69° and mostly sunny, Sun 68° and mostly sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 64° and partly cloudy, Sat 66° and mostly sunny, Sun 67° and mostly sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 65° and partly cloudy, Sat 68° and mostly sunny, Sun 69° and mostly sunny
Mud and water can be found on the trails thanks to recent rains, especially in low spots and along waterways. Remember to walk through the mud and water, not around it, to protect trailside vegetation.
High Bear Activity
High bear activity has been reported in the Eastern High Peaks, Dix Mountain Wilderness, and Giant Mountain. Bears have been approaching campers and climbers in the Chapel Pond area. Abide by the following to prevent a negative encounter with a bear:
- Store all food, toiletries, and garbage in bear resistant canisters (not bear hangs)
- Bear resistant canisters are required in the Eastern High Peaks and recommended elsewhere
- Cook and eat away from your campsite before dark
- Do not leave food unattended
- Consider carrying bear spray
Fire danger is currently low in most of the Adirondacks, but moderate in the eastern portion. Practice campfire safety – never leave campfires unattended and make sure fires, coals, embers, and ashes are cool.
Although there is no rain forecasted this weekend temperatures are lower than last weekend. Temperatures will be even cooler with winds stronger on the high elevation summits.
Mosquitoes, deer flies, and biting midges are present throughout the Adirondacks. Follow these steps to keep insects away from you as best as possible:
- 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
Seasonal Access Roads
Seasonal access roads consist of dirt, sand, gravel, and/or stone and tend to have a rougher surface than typical roads. If you’re using these roads in the Adirondacks you’ll need a four-wheel drive truck, an SUV, or another high clearance vehicle that’s recommended for use on seasonal access roads.
Rock Climbing Routes
All rock climbing routes are open except for on Sleeping Beauty Mountain to allow peregrine falcons to nest.
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
Avalanche Lake Trail is still closed, but will reopen on Saturday after the DEC and Student Conservation Association Adirondack Programs replace the “Hitch-up Matildas” – the bridging on the cliff face along the lake.
A crew of Student Conservation Backcountry Stewards and the DEC High Peaks Trail Crew will begin dismantling Marcy Dam on Monday the 28th. The work is going to continue into mid-September. This is the third year of a five year project to dismantle the dam in a way that minimizes the movement of sediments into Marcy Brook. The public is asked to stay out of the designated work areas and to not disturb equipment whether crews are working there or not.
The Lake Arnold/Feldspar Brook Trail is wet and muddy but passable.
The top landing on the Mt. Adams Fire Tower has been repaired. The fire tower, including the cab, are open to public use.
The bridge over Ouluska Brook on the Northville-Placid Trail has collapsed into the brook. Due to low water conditions, crossing the brook is still possible.
The trail across private lands to the summit of Owls Head is closed to public access and use on the weekends.
The first and second foot bridges on the Bradley Pond Trail are damaged and unusable. The stream can be forded/rock hopped on the downstream side of the bridge sites.
The lower gate on the Gulf Brook Road in the Boreas Ponds Tract is open to public motor vehicle use. Gulf Brook Road provides access to three interior parking areas along the road. The Gulf Brook Road Upper Parking Area is near a gate that bars public motor vehicles use beyond the parking area. LaBier Flower is 2.5 miles beyond the gate and Boreas Ponds is 3.5 miles. The public is still prohibited from trespassing in and around leased hunting camps.
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 has been moved away from the river and repaired by volunteers from the Adirondack 46ers.
The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook on the Phelps Trail between the Garden Trailhead Parking Area and Johns Brook Lodge is broken and unstable.
A trail reroute has been constructed around the flooded area on the North Trail to Giant Mountain just past the lean-to.
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.
Beaver activity has flooded parts of Jack Rabbit Trail.
The Calkins Creek Horse Trail has two bridges out, making it impassable for horse-drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
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.