The weather forecast looks great, the leaves are starting to change, bear hunting season is starting, and there’s more news and notices to be aware of for hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend.
- Crown Point: Fri 80° and partly cloudy, Sat 83° and sunny, Sun 84° and sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 61° and mostly cloudy, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 79° and mostly sunny
- Lake George: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 82° and mostly sunny, Sun 82° and sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and sunny, Sun 78° and mostly sunny
- Malone: Fri 78° and mostly sunny, Sat 79° and sunny, Sun 81° and mostly sunny
- North Creek: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and mostly sunny, Sun 80° and mostly sunny
- Saranac Lake: Fri 78° and mostly sunny, Sat 80° and mostly sunny, Sun 80° and mostly sunny
- Speculator: Fri 73° and mostly cloudy, Sat 79° and mostly sunny, Sun 78° and mostly sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 79° and mostly sunny, Sat 80° and partly cloudy, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
Although this weekend looks fantastic weather-wise, bear in mind that the days are shortening and the sun is setting earlier each day. Temperatures will be cooler towards the evening. Also, the weather can change at any time and you should still check a current weather report before heading out.
Wear or carry extra layers of non-cotton clothing, and carry a headlamp or flashlight on all hikes. Be sure to have fresh batteries and to carry extras.
The leaves are already changing colors in the Adirondacks! This means hiking is now quite popular, and will probably be even more so this weekend with the nice weather forecasted. Expect to encounter many people on trails and on waters every weekend through Columbus Day weekend.
Early bear hunting season opens on Saturday. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails. Please be aware that these are fellow outdoor recreationists who have a legal right to participate in these activities on the Forest Preserve. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare.
DEC forest rangers and others are currently searching for Alex Stevens in Indian Pass. The search efforts involve ground and helicopter activities. Hikers are asked to avoid all search operation activity.
Volunteer to Work on Panther Peak
The DEC is seeking 13 volunteers to work with the High Peaks Land Manager on the summit of Panther Peak from 10am to 2:30pm on Saturday, September 23rd. The work will include carrying and placing rocks on the summit as well as carrying some tools, signs, and small materials to the summit of the mountain and off the mountain at the end of the day. If you’re interested email Info.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although no rain is currently forecasted for this weekend trails remain wet and muddy, particularly along waterways, in low areas, and above 3,000 feet. Remember to walk through mud and water and not around it to protect trailside vegetation.
Temperatures will be cooler and winds stronger at the summits.
The fire danger is currently low. Please continue to practice campfire safety – never leave campfires unattended, and be sure campfires, coals, embers, and ashes are cool.
Bear Resistant Canisters
Overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks are required to use bear resistant canisters, and they’re encouraged elsewhere.
Seasonal Access Roads
Seasonal access roads consist of dirt, sand, gravel, and/or stone and typically have a rough surface. Four-wheel drive trucks, SUVs, or other high clearance vehicles are recommended for use on seasonal access roads.
Cold Brook Trail between Indian Pass and Lake Colden is no longer a designated trail and is not maintained. It has not been a designated trail since Tropical Storm Irene.
A crew of Student Conservation Backcountry Stewards and the DEC High Peaks Trail Crew are currently working on dismantling Marcy Dam. The work is expected to continue through 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 there working or not.
The trail across private lands to the summit of Owls Head is closed to public access on the weekends.
The lower gate on Gulf Brook Road is open to public motor vehicle use. Gulf Brook Road provides access to three interior parking lots 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 Flow is 2.5 miles beyond the gate and the Boreas Ponds is 3.5 miles away.
The DEC and Student Conservation Association Adirondack Programs have replaced the “Hitch-up Matildas” – the bridging on the cliff face along the lake – and Avalanche Lake Trail is open.
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 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 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.