Temperatures are getting much cooler but you can still have an enjoyable weekend hiking in the Adirondacks! See what you need to know regarding the weather, updated trail notices, and more.
- Crown Point: Fri 64° and partly cloudy, Sat 48° and mostly cloudy, Sun 55° and showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 57° and cloudy, Sat 46° and mostly cloudy, Sun 53° and rain
- Lake George: Fri 63° and scattered showers, Sat 50° and partly cloudy, Sun 56° and showers
- Lake Placid: Fri 56° and cloudy, Sat 45° and mostly sunny, Sun 50° and showers
- Malone: Fri 52° and cloudy, Sat 44° and mostly cloudy, Sun 54° and showers
- North Creek: Fri 59° and showers, Sat 45° and mostly cloudy, Sun 52° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 56° and scattered showers, Sat 46° and mostly cloudy, Sun 51° and showers
- Speculator: Fri 57° and scattered showers, Sat 46° and mostly cloudy, Sun 51° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 58° and showers, Sat 43° and mostly cloudy, Sun 49° and showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 55° and scattered showers, Sat 46° and mostly cloudy, Sun 52° and showers
Daytime temperatures are going to be cool while nighttime temperatures might get to below freezing, particularly in the higher elevations. Abide by the following to stay dry and warm:
- Wear or bring extra layers of non-cotton clothing.
- Wear or bring gloves and a hat.
- Wear or bring rain gear (being cold and wet leads to hypothermia).
Also, carry a flashlight with you and bring extra batteries. Don’t rely on your cell phone as a flashlight – that can drain the battery and then you’d be unable to call for help.
Trails are wet and muddy and you should expect to encounter blowdown (fallen or hanging trees, limbs, and branches). Snow and ice might be present on higher elevations and in the morning in middle and lower elevations.
There will be wet and muddy conditions along waterways, in low areas, and above 3,000 feet. Use caution when hiking on fallen leaves that might be wet or icy.
Remember to stay on the trails, walking through mud and water and not around it to protect trailside vegetation.
Temperatures will be colder and winds stronger on high elevation summits. Carry a non-cotton jacket, sweater, or fleece with you, along with a winter hat and gloves or mittens.
Fire danger is still low. Continue to practice campfire safety.
The regular big game hunting season is currently open. Many small game and waterfowl hunting seasons are open or will be open soon. Hikers should remain aware that they may encounter hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while out on the trails.
Please remember these are fellow outdoor recreationists who have a legal right to participate in these activities. Hiking 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.
Some seasonal roads have been opened for the big game hunting season. These roads may close before the end of hunting season if snow accumulations warrant it.
Practice Leave No Trace
When out and about hiking and camping please abide by the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
Bear Resistant Canisters
Bear resistant canisters are required when camping in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and are highly recommended elsewhere.
A new section of Bradley Pond Trail to Santanoni Mountain has been constructed near the beginning of the trail. The new trail section leaves the old trail just as the trail leaves the gravel road and crosses Santanoni Brook on a newly constructed bridge, and then joins the old trail a short distance later. This project was created to avoid unusable bridges.
The project was a combined effort of NOLS Alumni Service, Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program, SCA High Peaks Backcountry Stewards, DEC High Peaks Trail Crew, Adirondack 46ers Volunteer Trail Crew, NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Moriah Shock Camp crews, and DEC Lands & Forest staff.
The high water bridge over Calamity Brook has been repaired. Although it leans slightly, it is usable for crossing. The lean will be corrected at a later date. The repairs were completed by SCA High Peaks Backcountry Stewards, a DEC Forest Ranger, and the DEC High Peaks Wilderness Land Manager.
The trail through the Elk Lake Easement lands connecting to the High Peaks Wilderness is closed to the public through the regular big game hunting season. It 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.