The window is starting to close on the fall foliage in the area so get out there this weekend if you haven’t seen those beautiful leaves yet! Brush up on the other hiking notices, browse the weather report, and more before heading out.
- Crown Point: Fri 64° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and mostly cloudy, Sun 76° and rain
- Indian Lake: Fri 59° and sunny, Sat 63° and cloudy, Sun 71° and rain
- Lake George: Fri 66° and mostly sunny, Sat 72° and cloudy, Sun 79° and rain
- Lake Placid: Fri 60° and mostly sunny, Sat 62° and cloudy, Sun 71° and rain
- Malone: Fri 65° and mostly sunny, Sat 61° and showers, Sun 73° and rain
- North Creek: Fri 59° and sunny, Sat 65° and cloudy, Sun 72° and rain
- Saranac Lake: Fri 62° and mostly sunny, Sat 61° and showers, Sun 71° and rain
- Speculator: Fri 57° and sunny, Sat 63° and cloudy, Sun 70° and rain
- Ticonderoga: Fri 59° and mostly sunny, Sat 65° and mostly cloudy, Sun 70° and scattered showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 62° and mostly sunny, Sat 61° and scattered showers, Sun 70° and rain
Friday looks like the best day for hiking, with some clouds and showers predicted for Saturday and Sunday. While daytime temperatures aren’t too bad at the moment they will dip lower during the evenings, possibly to below freezing, especially in the high elevations. Temperatures will be colder at the summits as well.
Always keep in mind that weather conditions can and do change suddenly. Check the weather again right before heading out, wear or bring extra layers with you, along with extra food, first aid equipment, a flashlight, and extra batteries.
Foliage is very close to peak, at peak, or just past peak in the Adirondacks; the higher elevations are past peak. There is also significant leaf droppage, but, the leaves that are still on the trees are exhibiting some brilliant colors, so you can definitely still enjoy the foliage out there.
Minerva and Lake Placid are looking at peak foliage or close to peak foliage this weekend. Around Ticonderoga and Crown Point there is between 50% and 85% color change.
Trails are currently wet and muddy after recent rains, especially along waterways, in low areas, and in areas above 3,000 feet. Remember to walk through the mud and water and not around it to protect trailside vegetation.
Many trails are covered with fallen leaves. Be aware of wet or icy leaves which can be quite slippery, particularly on steep sections of trails.
Many big game, small game, and waterfowl hunting seasons are either currently open or are opening soon. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while out on the trails. Please recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists who have a legal right to participate in these activities. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare.
Fire danger is low. Continue to practice campfire safety and never leave campfires unattended.
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 Lake Arnold/Feldspar Brook Trail is wet and muddy but passable.
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 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 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.