Thinking about hiking this weekend? You still might be able to spot some foliage in certain areas of the Adirondacks and the weather is looking pretty favorable! There are a couple of trail closures and additional information hikers will want to check out before heading out.
- Crown Point: Fri 64° and sunny, Sat 72° and sunny, Sun 71° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 60° and sunny, Sat 72° and mostly sunny, Sun 71° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 65° and sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 71° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 57° and mostly sunny, Sat 70° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 59° and sunny, Sat 61° and showers, Sun 73° and rain
- North Creek: Fri 61° and sunny, Sat 73° and mostly sunny, Sun 71° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 60° and sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and partly cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 61° and sunny, Sat 70° and mostly sunny, Sun 70° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 61° and sunny, Sat 68° and sunny, Sun 67° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 59° and sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and partly cloudy
The weather is looking pretty nice for hiking this weekend! Do remember weather conditions can change suddenly, so check the weather again right before heading out and dress in layers (or bring extra non-cotton clothing with you). Nighttime temperatures will get very cool quite quickly, especially in the high elevations.
Bring a headlamp or flashlight with you with extra batteries; do not rely on your cell phone as a flashlight. The batteries will drain quickly and you’ll be unable to call for help if you need to.
Temperatures at the summits, of course, will be cooler.
Leaves are past peak in most of the High Peaks region, particularly in the higher elevations. Lower elevations around Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington are reported to have the best color, although the leaves on the mountain itself are past peak.
Trails have been fairly wet but are now drying thanks to good weather and the loss of leaves on trees. Expect to still encounter wet and muddy conditions along waterways, in low areas, and above 3,000 feet.
Use caution when hiking on fallen leaves – leaves can be wet or icy.
With the drier conditions fire danger has gone from low last week to moderate this week. Fallen leaves are good fuel for wildfires, so remove leaves from the ground within 10 feet of a fire and continue to practice campfire safety.
The regular big game hunting season opens on Saturday. Many small game and waterfowl hunting seasons are open or will be open soon. Be aware that you may run into hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while out hiking. Remember that these are fellow outdoor recreationists who have a legal right to participate in these activities. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare.
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 these roads.
Bear Resistant Canisters
Bear resistant canisters are required when camping in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and are highly recommended elsewhere.
Practice Leave No Trace
When out and about hiking and camping please abide by the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
The two trails through the Elk Lake Easement lands connecting to the High Peaks Wilderness and the Dix Mountain Wilderness will be closed to the public on Saturday, October 21st. The trails will remain closed throughout regular big game hunting season and will reopen on Monday, December 4th.
The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook between the Garden Trailhead Parking Area and Johns Brook Lodge on the Phelps Trail has been replaced by the Adirondack Mountain Club Trail Crew.
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.
The Lake Arnold/Feldspar Brook Trail is wet and muddy but passable.
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 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 bridge 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.