The weather is warm, the leaves are turning, and it’s going to be a great weekend for hiking in the Adirondacks! See what you need to know before embarking on your hike.
- Crown Point: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 86° and sunny, Sun 91° and sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 82° and sunny, Sun 85° and sunny
- Lake George: Fri 82° and partly cloudy, Sat 89° and sunny, Sun 93° and sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and sunny, Sun 85° and sunny
- Malone: Fri 76° and sunny, Sat 82° and mostly sunny, Sun 85° and sunny
- North Creek: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 83° and sunny, Sun 87° and sunny
- Saranac Lake: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 82° and mostly sunny, Sun 86° and sunny
- Speculator: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 82° and sunny, Sun 86° and sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 71° and partly cloudy, Sat 79° and sunny, Sun 84° and sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 82° and sunny, Sun 86° and sunny
While the weather looks fantastic for hiking remember that the days are getting shorter and temperatures are cooler in the morning and in the evening; temperatures will also be colder and winds stronger at the summits.
Wear or bring extra layers of clothing along with a flashlight and extra batteries, and check the weather report once more before you head out.
The weather may be unseasonably warm but the leaves are still changing. Lake Placid and the higher elevations of the High Peaks are expecting near peak conditions this weekend with up to 85% color change. Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake are looking at around 65% color change.
Because of the great weather and foliage we’re having the High Peaks are expected to be populated. Consider checking out lesser used areas of the Adirondacks outside the High Peaks, where you’ll still be able to enjoy the foliage.
It is currently early bear hunting season. Hikers should be aware they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment. Please remember that these are fellow outdoor enthusiasts who have a legal right to participate in these activities. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare.
Trails are still wet and muddy, especially along waterways, in low areas, and above 3,000 feet. Walk through the mud and water, not around it, to prevent further erosion of trails.
Fire danger is low. Continue to practice campfire safety, never leaving fires unattended, and making sure all fires, coals, embers, and ashes are cool.
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 on these roads.
Bear Resistant Canisters
Overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks are required to use bear resistant canisters, and they’re encouraged elsewhere.
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 new bride is expected to be built by the end of this year.
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.