If you’re planning on hiking over Halloween weekend in the Adirondacks wear or bring extra clothes with you – the weather is getting cooler, particularly at the summits. See which day rain is predicted for and brush up on the hiking notices.
- Crown Point: Fri 60° and sunny, Sat 66° and mostly sunny, Sun 60° and rain
- Indian Lake: Fri 62° and sunny, Sat 68° and mostly sunny, Sun 53° and rain
- Lake George: Fri 65° and sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 64° and rain
- Lake Placid: Fri 54° and partly cloudy, Sat 62° and mostly sunny, Sun 54° and rain
- Malone: Fri 54° and partly cloudy, Sat 66° and mostly sunny, Sun 50° and rain
- North Creek: Fri 56° and mostly sunny, Sat 61° and mostly sunny, Sun 56° and rain
- Saranac Lake: Fri 55° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and mostly sunny, Sun 53° and rain
- Speculator: Fri 54° and mostly sunny, Sat 59° and mostly sunny, Sun 54° and rain
- Ticonderoga: Fri 54° and sunny, Sat 62° and mostly sunny, Sun 56° and rain
- Tupper Lake: Fri 55° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and mostly sunny, Sun 51° and rain
Daytime temperatures are cool – cooler than last week – while nighttime temperatures may get to below freezing, especially in the high elevations. Rain is predicted for most areas on Sunday, and the rest of next week is expected to be rainy or cloudy, so get out there while it’s still nice out!
Plan accordingly for the weather by wearing or carrying extra layers of non-cotton clothing. Carry a headlamp or flashlight on all hikes; do not rely on your cell phone as a flashlight. Be sure to have fresh batteries and carry extras.
Weather forecasts can and do change quickly so don’t forget to check the weather again right before heading out.
Temperatures will be cooler with winds stronger at summits.
Expect to encounter wet or muddy trails after recent rains, particularly along waterways, in low areas, and above 3,000 feet. Some recent heavy winds have caused broken limbs and downed trees across trails or hanging over trails.
Many trails are covered with leaves that can be wet or icy – use precaution. Do stay on the trails though, walking through mud, water, and leaves, and not around them to protect trailside vegetation.
Fire danger is now low (was moderate last week). Continue to practice campfire safety. Remember that fallen leaves can be great fuel for wildfires, so remove leaves from the ground within 10 feet of a campfire. Never leave campfires unattended.
The regular big game hunting season is open. Many small game and waterfowl hunting seasons are currently open or are opening soon. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while out hiking. Please remember these are fellow outdoor enthusiasts who have a legal right to participate in these activities. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are very 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 are currently closed to the public. 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.