We’re looking at a mix of spring and winter weather conditions in the Adirondacks this weekend, with snow, rain, and sleet all forecasted. Make sure to read up on the current trail conditions and check the weather report, then dress accordingly and bring the necessary supplies with you as you head out.
Rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow are all a part of the forecast this weekend. Check the weather report again before going out and plan for the conditions with proper footwear, clothing, and outerwear.
- Crown Point: Fri 52° and rain, Sat 37° and snow with brief sleet, Sun 32° and snow with brief sleet
- Indian Lake: Fri 37° and snow, Sat 31° and cloudy, Sun 29° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 47° and showers, Sat 36° and freezing rain, Sun 27° and freezing rain
- Lake Placid: Fri 45° and rain, Sat 30° and snow with brief sleet, Sun 29° and snow with brief sleet
- Malone: Fri 48° and scattered showers, Sat 29° and snow, Sun 30° and snow with brief sleet
- North Creek: Fri 50° and scattered showers, Sat 37° and freezing rain, Sun 27° and freezing rain
- Saranac Lake: Fri 46° and rain, Sat 31° and snow with brief sleet, Sun 30° and snow with brief sleet
- Speculator: Fri 47° and scattered showers, Sat 37° and freezing rain, Sun 27° and freezing rain
- Ticonderoga: Fri 46° and scattered showers, Sat 32° and snow with brief sleet, Sun 27° and snow with brief sleet
- Tupper Lake: Fri 45° and rain, Sat 33° and snow with brief sleet, Sun 31° and snow with brief sleet
Snow and ice remain present throughout most of the Adirondacks. However, low elevation, open areas have little to no snow. Woods, north facing slopes, and other shaded areas still have snow, particularly in the middle elevations of the central Adirondacks. Snow remains deep in the highest elevations.
The above freezing temperatures and rain in the forecast throughout the weekend is expected to reduce the amount of snow at all elevations.
There will of course be more snow and ice, stronger winds, and colder temperatures at the summits.
Compacted snow has turned to ice on many of the trails, creating “monorails” on the trails as the surrounding snow melts. Low elevation trails through open areas will be muddy and wet, and might be icy in the morning.
Walk on the monorails and through the mud and water to avoid post-holing in trailside snow, trampling vegetation, and eroding trails. Carry trail crampons on all hikes and use whenever the trails are icy.
High elevation trails have ice on top of deep snow. Carry climbing or mountaineering crampons and use them when warranted. Snowshoes should also be carried, as rains may soften the ice and snow.
Recent strong winds have resulted in a significant amount of blowdown on trails (fallen trees, limbs, and branches). This might cause hikes to take longer than usual. Please turn back if the blowdown is heavy.
Melting snow and recent rains have raised the water levels. Rivers and streams are flowing high and fast and stream crossings may be dangerous or impossible.
The water temperatures are very low, and people immersed in cold waters can lose the ability to think clearly and move quickly, even after just a short time in the water.
Anglers fishing from shore or wading in the water should wear a personal flotation device. Boaters and paddlers are required to wear personal flotation devices until May 1st.
No ice is considered safe at this time.
Snowmobile Trails and Seasonal Access Roads
All snowmobile trails are closed for the season and all gates on seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The seasonal access roads will remain closed until they have dried and hardened, and all necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.
Rock Climbing Route Closures
As of April 1st, all rock climbing routes on Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area are closed to allow peregrine falcons to mate and select nesting sites; this area is in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. Once the nest sites are identified the DEC will reopen routes that won’t interfere with nesting activities.
Practice Leave No Trace
Always adhere to the seven Leave No Trace principles to best preserve the Adirondack region we all love and to allow for an enjoyable outdoor experience for all visitors.
West Central Adirondacks
The DEC is seeking your input regarding public recreation at Perkings Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Tract. A public meeting is scheduled in Speculator on April 25th and comments will be accepted until May 11th. You can send your thoughts to R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov with PC/STF in the subject line.
The unpaved Northville Boat Launch Parking Area on State Route 30 is closed for mud season. The boat launch and parking area will reopen once the parking area has dried and hardened, and any needed repairs and maintenance are completed. There is currently open water by the boat launch, but Great Sacandaga Lake is still covered with ice. Fishing is prohibited in the open water by the boat launch until May 5th.
The bridge over Ouluska Brook has collapsed into the brook. Due to the low water conditions, crossing the brook is still possible.
The Erie Canal Bridge over Otter Creek in the Independence River Wild Forest has been damaged and is closed indefinitely.
High Peaks Wilderness
Be aware of ice falling from cliffs above Avalanche Pass.
Corey’s Road in the Western High Peaks is closed beyond the Calkins Brook/Raquette River Trailhead Parking. It will remain closed through mud season and will reopen when it has dried and hardened, and all maintenance and repairs have been completed.
The Cascade Lakes Day Use Area, located off State Route 73 between Lower and Upper Cascade Lakes, is closed until further notice due to the icy condition of the unmaintained entry road.
The trail through the Elk Lake Easement lands connecting to the High Peaks Wilderness is open once again. However, the Clear Pond Gate on the Elk Lake Road will remain closed through the spring mud season. This will add four miles to a roundtrip hike; plan accordingly.
South Meadow Lane is closed to public motor vehicle traffic until the end of spring mud season. Vehicles can park at the barrier just off the Adirondac Loj Road. Do not block the opening – it’s used for emergency access.
A large tree has fallen on the lean-to on the Mr. Van Ski Trail causing severe damage and rendering the lean-to 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 in the Upper Johns Brook Valley contain extensive blowdown. Please use caution when hiking around this area.
The Cold Brook Trail between Indian Pass and Lake Colden is no longer a designated trail and is not maintained. It hasn’t been a designated trail since Tropical Storm Irene devastated this trail in 2011.
A new section of the Bradley Pond Trail to Santanoni Mountain has been constructed near the beginning of the trail to avoid the two crossings which had unusable bridges. 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.
The Owl’s Head Trail across private lands to the summit is closed to public access and use on weekends, but is available for public use on weekdays.
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 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 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.
The use of wood burning stoves is prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks. The ban on campfires applies to any type of use of wood as fuel to protect the trees and other vegetation from being damaged.
Dix Mountain Wilderness
The trail through the Elk Easement lands connecting to the Dix Mountain Wilderness is open for public use once again; as mentioned in the High Peaks section, the Clear Pond Gate on Elk Lake Road is closed through spring mud season.
The Boquet lean-to on the Dix Mountain Road Pond Trail has been moved away from the river and repaired by volunteers from the Adirondack 46ers.
Giant Mountain Wilderness
A trail re-route has been constructed around the flooded area on the North Trail to Giant Mountain just past the lean-to.
The aforementioned peregrine falcon mating and nesting activity is taking place in the Giant Mountain Wilderness. Rock climbing routes are closed on Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area at this time.
McKenzie Mountain Wilderness
The first bridge on the Jackrabbit Trail between McKenzie Pond Road and McKenzie Pond is flooded and impassable. The stream isn’t safe to cross. Skiers and snowshoers should avoid this portion of the trail until further notice.
The portion of the Jackrabbit Ski Trail through this wilderness is popular with cross-country skiers. The use of segments of the trail which cross through private property is by permission of the landowner. Please respect the private property by staying on the marked trail and obeying posted signs. Anyone using this trail should wear skis or snowshoes, and snowshoers should avoid walking in ski tracks.
Sentinel Range Wilderness
Beaver activity has flooded some parts of the Jack Rabbit Trail.
Boreas Ponds Tract
The Adirondack Park Agency has approved the classification of the Boreas Ponds Tract, after nearly two years of discussion.
The lower gate on Gulf Brook Road is closed until the end of spring mud season.
The public is prohibited from trespassing in and around leased hunting camps.
Adirondack Mountain Reserve (Ausable Club)
The public easement agreement only allows for hiking on designated trails and roads. Don’t trespass on AMR lands and waters or participate in any unauthorized activities. Dogs are prohibited on the AMR.