We’re currently on the cusp of summer and fall, so you’ll definitely want to check out the weather report and brush up on supplies to bring with you for hiking or camping. Read on to see what you need to know for recreating in the Adirondacks this weekend.
The weather will be cooler and less humid this weekend. Keep in mind the sun is starting to set earlier and rise later.
- Crown Point: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 66° and partly cloudy, Sun 67° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 72° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and mostly sunny, Sun 60° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 81° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and mostly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 71° and mostly sunny, Sat 60° and partly cloudy, Sun 60° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 59° and mostly sunny, Sat 60° and sunny, Sun 61° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 73° and partly cloudy, Sat 64° and mostly sunny, Sun 60° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 72° and mostly sunny, Sat 61° and partly cloudy, Sun 61° and partly cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 73° and partly cloudy, Sat 64° and partly cloudy, Sun 59° and mostly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and mostly cloudy
Nighttime temperatures are forecasted to be in the high 30s and low 40s for most of the Adirondack region, excepting the southern Adirondacks where they’ll be in the 40s and low 50s.
Hikers should start packing long pants and a jacket or fleece pullover with them on their trips. Campers should pack extra layers of clothing, a winter hat, and gloves.
Temperatures will of course be cooler at the summits, and winds will be stronger.
Trails may be muddy in some locations, especially in low spots, along water bodies, and in drainages. Avoid damaging hiking trails, trailside vegetation, and habitats.
Wear water-resistant hiking boots and let them get muddy. Stay in the center of the trail and walk through the mud and water.
Environmentally Friendly Camping
Be a more environmentally friendly camper by using these packing and preparation tips:
- Bring reusable containers for storing leftovers to ensure no food goes to waste.
- Prior to your trip, re-pack any food you are bringing along in reusable containers.
- Reusable cooking utensils and reusable or recyclable dishes cut down on the amount of trash generated.
- Bring reusable mugs, cups, or bottles, that can easily be rinsed or washed to cut down on plastic waste. If it’s necessary to use plastic, remember to recycle those items.
- Consider using biodegradable/earth-friendly dish soap, sponges, and water basins. Do your dishes at least 150 feet away from any body of water.
- Bring non-toxic sunscreen and bug spray that won’t harm waters, plants, and wildlife.
Also remember to pack extra baggies to ensure you’re able to carry out all trash, including food scraps. Things like apple cores and banana peels that are tossed into the woods are often found by wildlife and can adversely affect wildlife eating and survival patterns. This can also attract larger wildlife, like black bears, to more populated trail areas.
Please help to keep the trails wild and beautiful, protect wildlife, and reduce wildlife conflict by always carrying out what you carry in.
Practice Leave No Trace
Follow proper trail etiquette to maintain minimal impact on the environment and natural resources of the Adirondacks by following the seven principles of leave no trace.
The fire danger has gone from low last week to moderate this week. Be safe with campfires. DEC forest rangers have responded to a number of wildfires started by campfires that were not properly extinguished.
Stream Crossings & Water Levels
Use caution around steep, shallow, rocky streams and rivers. These are considered “flashy,” which means water levels can rise quickly and after a heavy rainfall. Water levels will also drop quickly after the rain has stopped.
Despite some recent rain, water levels remain low to very low in most streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. Boaters and paddlers should be alert for objects on or below the surface that are typically covered by deeper water.
Nuisance bear activity has subsided in the Eastern High Peaks. However, hikers and campers should still follow practices to avoid negative encounters with bears.
If you are approached by a bear:
- Don’t throw your pack at them – if they’re rewarded with food they continue this behavior
- Raise your arms over your head to look bigger and yell loudly at the bear as you slowly back away (don’t run away)
- If available, bang rocks or metal objects together for noise
- Use bear spray if all else fails
The use of bear resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness until November 30th, and is encouraged throughout the Adirondacks.
Bugs are out and about in the Adirondacks, including black flies, mosquitoes, and no-see-ums (biting midges) – the black flies are particularly bad right now. Follow these steps to minimize the nuisance of biting insects:
- Wear light-colored clothing
- Wear long sleeve shirts
- Tuck shirts into pants
- Button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist
- Wear long pants and tuck the bottom of pant legs into your socks
- Pack a head net to wear when insects are thick
- Use insect repellent with DEET
Electric bicycles (e-bikes) of any class are not allowed on trails or roadways where public motorized access is prohibited.
Adirondack Classic Race (aka The 90 Miler)
The annual long distance paddling race takes place this weekend. You can expect to encounter hundreds of paddlers on the Adirondack Canoe Route between Old Forge and Saranac Lake as follows:
- Friday (Old Forge to Blue Mountain Lake): waters include First through Eighth Lake of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, Brown Tract Inlet, Raquette Lake, Marion River, Utowana Lake, and Blue Mountain Lake.
- Saturday (Long Lake to “The Crusher” Boat Launch near Tupper Lake): waters include Long Lake and the Raquette River.
- Sunday (Fish Creek Campground to Saranac Lake) waters include: Fish Creek Ponds, Upper Saranac Lake, Middle Saranac Lake, Lower Saranac Lake, First Pond, Second Pond, Saranac River, Oseetah Lake, and Lake Flower.
Lake Placid Ironman 70.3
The triathlon race takes place this Sunday. Travelers in the area should use caution and expect delays. Road closures will affect roadside parking areas on Route 73 between Lake Placid and Keene, as well as roadside parking areas between Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Ausable Forks. Temporary road closures will begin at 5am approximately as follows:
- Route 73 south/eastbound between Lake Placid and Keene from 5am to 12pm
- Route 9N northbound between Keene and Jay from 6am until 1:30pm
- Route 86 westbound between Jay and Wilmington from 7am to 1:30pm
- Route 86 northbound between Wilmington and Lake Placid from 7am to 2pm
- Haselton Road will close in both directions between Bilhuber Road and silver Lake Road from 7am to 1am
High Peaks Wilderness
SCA Adirondack Corps will be working on the Marcy Dam removal project beginning Monday the 10th with a planned completion date of Wednesday the 19th. Hikers are asked to stay away from rigging areas and follow flagging and signage for minor detours around the work site.
This is the fourth year of a five-year project to lower the dam spillway and allow Marcy Brook to return to a natural condition.
The lands of the Dix Mountain Wilderness are now part of the High Peaks Wilderness. The DEC will be changing signs, webpages, and regulations to eliminate the Dix Mountain Wilderness and transition to the High Peaks Wilderness.
Group size regulations are in effect in the former Dix Mountain Wilderness. Groups should consist of no more than 15 hikers and no more than eight campers.
The DEC is undertaking a multi-year, comprehensive effort to promote sustainable tourism and address public safety in the Adirondacks, focused on the State Route 73 corridor between Exit 30 of the Northway and Lake Placid.
The DEC has piled materials for improving campsites along South Meadow Lane in the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Trailhead Parking Area. Vehicles should park in the nearby pull offs along South Meadow Lane until the work is complete.
The Cedar Point Lean-to has been repaired and relocated by Lean2Rescue volunteers. The lean-to is now located on the southeastern shore of Lake Colden, off the trail about .2 miles from the Opalescent River. Camping is prohibited at the former lean-to site.
A primitive campsite with two tent pads has been developed in the Slide Brook Area south of Dix Mountain by volunteers from the NOLS Northeast Adirondack Service Expedition. The site is west of the trail just before the crossing of slide brook.
The Kagel lean-to has been relocated and reroofed by the Adirondack 46er Volunteer Trail crew. The lean-to is located a few hundred feet away from its previous location on a sustainable site away from the brook.
Camping is prohibited at the former location of the Boquet lean-to north of Dix Mountain and the open area adjacent to the trail.
The Bradley Pond lean-to has a 3-foot by 6-foot hole in the roof. The lean-to can still be used, but should be avoided if it’s raining. The DEC is developing a temporary fix for the 2018 season and will fully repair the roof during the offseason.
The trail to Little Porter Mountain from the Garden Trailhead is closed. The portion of this trail crossing private land has been closed to the public by the landowner. Trespassing on these lands is now prohibited. The summit of Little Porter Mountain can still be accessed from the Marcy Field Trailhead or the Cascade Mountain Trailhead.
Group size limits are now in effect on the lands in the former Dix Mountain Wilderness. Groups should consist of no more than 15 hikers and no more than eight campers.
Now through October parking at the Garden Parking Lot costs $10 ($13 Canadian) per day. A town of Keene attendant will be at the lot from 7am until 7pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Paying the fee is a self-serve process during the week.
Cold Brook Trail is not a designated DEC trail and is not maintained.
Blueberry Horse Trail is passable to horses and riders, however, riders should use caution near drainages and several stream crossings that will be muddy. The DEC is planning to improve the trailhead of this route in the future.
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.
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; don’t follow the paths created by others.
The Calkins Creek Horse Trail has two bridges out, making it impassable for horse drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
Giant Mountain Wilderness
A trail reroute has been constructed around the flooded area on the North Trail to Giant Mountain just past the lean-to.
Sentinel Range Wilderness
Several sections of the Pitchoff Mountain Trail, including the segment to “Balanced Rocks,” are severely eroded. These areas are challenging to navigate. Please use caution and turn back if it’s too difficult for your party to safely cross.
Beaver activity has flooded some parts of the Jack Rabbit Trail.