Although there is no serious snowfall forecasted for this weekend in the Adirondacks, snow and ice is present, especially at the higher elevations. Dress appropriately, bring extra supplies, and brush on up on the hiking notices and you’ll have a safe and fun time hiking.
- Crown Point: Fri 43° and partly cloudy, Sat 39° and cloudy, Sun 41° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 34° and cloudy, Sat 36° and cloudy, Sun 39° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 46° and partly cloudy, Sat 44° and cloudy, Sun 45° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 34° and cloudy, Sat 36° and cloudy, Sun 38° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 36° and partly cloudy, Sat 36° and cloudy, Sun 38° and mostly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 37° and partly cloudy, Sat 37° and cloudy, Sun 39° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 35° and cloudy, Sat 36° and cloudy, Sun 39° and mostly cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 35° and partly cloudy, Sat 36° and cloudy, Sun 38° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 35° and partly cloudy, Sat 34° and cloudy, Sun 36° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 35° and cloudy, Sat 37° and cloudy, Sun 39° and partly cloudy
Always keep in mind that weather conditions can and do change quickly. Check the weather again immediately before heading out, and prepare to spend an unanticipated night in the woods. Carry extra clothing, equipment, and supplies.
Below freezing temperatures, snow, and ice are present at all elevations. The snow cover is light and patchy. No significant snowfall is forecasted for this weekend.
Avoid hypothermia by staying warm and dry. Wear a waterproof outer layer, layers of noncotton clothing, and a hat and gloves or mittens.
You’ll especially want to be dressed warmly for the summits, where the winds will be stronger, and snow and ice will definitely be present.
It might be easy to forget that the days are getting shorter and it will be getting dark early. Bring a flashlight or headlamp for all hikes. Make sure you have fresh batteries and bring extras. Don’t rely on your cell phone as a flashlight, because it will drain the battery quickly and then you’d be unable to call for help.
Expect to encounter a variety of snow, ice, mud, water, and wet leaves on the trails. The lower elevation trials will be icy in the morning but will thaw by midday; ice will be present all day in the higher elevations.
Wet, icy, and snow-covered leaves can be slippery – use caution, especially on steep sections of trails.
Wear proper footwear, including traction devices, particularly on steep sections of trails and at water crossings where rocks may be covered with a layer of ice.
Expect to encounter blowdown (fallen or hanging trees, limbs, and branches) on trails from previous high winds.
Ice on Water
Ice is beginning to form on many waters. High elevation ponds may be iced over. However, ice will not bear the weight of a person at this time. Just because the ice can hold snow doesn’t mean it can hold a person.
The regular big game hunting season remains open through the weekend. Many small game and waterfowl hunting seasons are also open.
Keep in mind that you may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on the trails. Remember these are fellow outdoor recreationists, who have the legal right to participate in these activities. Hunting incidents involving nonhunters 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.
The trail through the Elk Lake Easement lands is closed to the public through the regular big game hunting season – this will add four miles to a roundtrip hike, so plan accordingly. The trail will reopen on Monday, December 4th. The Clear Pond Gate on Elk Lake Road will remain closed through the spring mud season.
A large tree has fallen on the lean-to on the Mr. Van Ski Trail causing severe damage. The lean-to is now unsafe and unusable. The DEC is working with partners to evaluate the extent of the damage and the requirements and timing of repairs.
Several sections of the Phelps Trail contain extensive amount of blowdown. Please use caution when hiking around this area. The high water bridge over Slide Mountain Brook between the Garden Trailhead Parking Area and Johns Brook Lodge on this has been replaced by the Adirondack Mountain Club Trail Crew.
Blowdown has been cleared from the Blueberry Horse Trail between Calkins Creek Horse Trail and Ward Brook Horse Trail in the Western High Peaks. The trail has been “brushed out” (trailside vegetation has been trimmed). The trail is once again passable to horses and riders, however, riders should take care near drainages and several stream crossings that will be muddy. The DEC plans to improve the trail tread of this route in the future.
The trail across private lands to the summit of Owls Head is closed to public access on the weekends. It is available for public use during the week. Please stay on the trail and avoid trespassing on private lands.
A new section of Bradley Pond Trail to Sanatanoni Mountain has been constructed near the beginning of the trail to avoid the two crossings, which had unusable bridges. The new 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
A trail reroute has been constructed around the flooded area on the North Trail to Giant Mountain just past the lean-to.
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.