It’s going to be wet out there this weekend! The Adirondack region is looking at a lot of rain, particularly on Saturday, with a flood watch in effect. Find out everything else you need to know.
The Weather Report: Rain & Clouds
- Crown Point: Fri 71° and showers, Sat 59° and rain, Sun 70° and cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 64° and rain, Sat 63° and showers, Sun 64° and cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 74° and rain, Sat 68° and showers, Sun 72° and cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 64° and rain, Sat 66° and rain, Sun 66° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 58° and rain, Sat 60° and rain, Sun 69° and cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 67° and rain, Sat 59° and showers, Sun 65° and mostly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 64° and rain, Sat 67° and rain, Sun 67° and mostly cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 65° and rain, Sat 63° and showers, Sun 63° and cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 71° and scattered showers, Sat 56° and rain, Sun 71° and cloudy
Hiking in wet weather where temperatures can change drastically based on elevation can easily cause hypothermia if you’re unprepared. Wear a rain jacket and bring extra layers to change if you become too wet or cold. Wear rain pants to keep your legs dry and warm. Pack extra wool socks in case your boots soak through to keep your feet dry and warm as well.
Be aware of how you’re feeling on the trail. If you begin to shiver, have chills, or feel disoriented, turn around and head back to the trailhead.
Flood Watch in Effect
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of the Adirondacks starting Friday evening and going through Sunday morning.
We can expect moderate to heavy rainfall Friday into Saturday on already saturated soils, along with snowmelt in higher elevations. This will lead to sharp rises in many local rivers and streams.
Most main stem rivers are expected to crest during the day Saturday into the first part of Saturday night. Be aware that low water crossings that are passable in the morning may not be passable when you return in the afternoon.
All anglers, paddlers, and hikers should monitor weather forecasts before and while recreating.
The Snow Cover
There is now little to no snow cover in the Adirondacks. Patchy snow can be found in wooded areas, especially along north facing slopes. Snow may also be found in ravines and other locations that receive little sunlight.
Deep snow can still be found in the higher elevations with 1 to 2 feet of snow present above 3,000 feet in the High Peaks Region.
Ice on Water & Water Temperatures
Some waters are completely open. However, thin and broken ice can be found on others. No ice is safe at this time!
Rain and melting snow have raised water levels, and rivers and streams are flowing high and fast.
Current Trail Conditions
Heavy rain this week makes trails extremely wet and muddy in low elevations. Stream crossings may be impassable due to high water levels. Snow and ice are still present above 2,500 feet. Wear waterproof boots and gaiters, and be prepared to turn around if conditions worsen.
Always walk through the mud and not around it. This keeps the pressure in the center of the trail which is designed to take the use. By walking around mud or puddles, trailside vegetation becomes damaged or removed and softer portions of the trail erode which can create unwanted wider trails. Widening trails means less habitat for wildlife and insects, and more damage to tree roots and vegetation.
Icy conditions are present in high elevations and on exposed bedrock and rocky summits. Carry traction devices.
Monorails also exist in the high elevations. Monorails come about when a heavy use trail compacts the snow into a solid rail up the middle of the trail. As the surrounding soft snow continues to melt away, the monorail becomes narrower, icier, and harder to traverse.
It can take quite a bit of focus and energy to hike across monorails for a lengthy period of time. Hike on monorails to avoid damaging trailside vegetation in high elevations. Wear crampons for safety on ice.
Fire danger is currently low. The statewide ban on open burning is in effect across New York State until May 14th.
Seasonal Access Roads
All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will be reopened after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.
You can find more info on specific road closures below under Specific Notices.
The water temperatures are very cold. Lifejackets are required by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers until May 1st. People immersed in cold waters can lose the ability to think clearly and move quickly after only a short time in the water.
Wear proper footwear and using a hiking stick with a carbide tip to access the water.
Be aware that on Saturday water levels are expected to rise throughout the day. Monitor the levels to ensure your safety.
For Rock Climbers
Effective Monday, April 1st, some Adirondack climbing routes are closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites.
Debar Mountain Wild Forest
The following roads are closed for mud season: Debar Meadows Road, Debar Pond Road, and Debar Trailhead access (from Meacham Lake Campground).
Santa Clara Conservation Easement Tract
The following roads are closed for mud season: Madawaska Pond Road, Vandewalker Road, Pinnacle Road, and 4-Mile Road.
Titusville Mountain State Forest
The following road is closed for mud season: Elephant Head Road.
Terry Mountain State Forest
The following road is closed for mud season: Terry Mountain Road.
Essex Chain Lakes Complex
The following roads are closed for mud season: Cornell Road, Deer Pond Road, Chain Lakes Road North, Drakes Mill Road, and Chain Lake Road South.
High Peaks Wilderness
Spring conditions exist from the trailheads to 2,500 feet elevation. Above 2,500 feet elevation ice and snow ridges (monorails) are present on trails. There’s 1 to 2 feet of snow present above 3,000 feet elevation.
The following roads are closed for mud season: South Meadow Lane, Corey’s Road, and Elk Lake Road beyond Clear Pond Gate.
The Garden Trailhead Parking Lot is closed for spring and summer 2019. This is one of the main access points to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness. It will be closed due to the replacement of the Johns Brook Bridge. Work will begin on installing the replacement bridge.
The Marcy Dam #4 lean-to has been removed. A new Phelps Brook lean-to has been installed off the Marcy Truck Trail. A lean-to was built by students from the Franklin-Essex Clinton Counties BOCES Natural Resource Science Program.
The new Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail is open for public use. The 1.7-mile trail climbs 920 feet from the trailhead in the Olympic Sports complex to the 2,940-feet summit of the mountain in the High Peaks Wilderness.
Parking is prohibited on the shoulders of both lanes of State Route 73 in the vicinity of Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead and the Ausable Club Road (south). The parking prohibition supports DEC’s multi-year comprehensive effort to promote sustainable tourism and address public safety in the Adirondacks.
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.
Camping is prohibited at the former location of the Boquet Lean-to north of Dix Mountain and the open area adjacent to the trail.
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 working on a temporary fix for this, and will fully repair the roof during the off season.
The trail to Little Porter Mountain from the Garden Trailhead is closed. The portion of the trail crossing private land has been closed to public use 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.
Private landowners have once again agreed to allow hiking on the Owls Head Trail during the week. Parking at the trailhead and hiking the trail are prohibited on weekends.
Cold Brook Trail is not a designated DEC trail is not maintained.
Blueberry Horse Trail is 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 trailhead of this route int he future.
The bridge over Ouluska Brook on the Northville-Placid Trail has collapsed into the brook. During 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 rather than follow the paths created by others.
Fixed ropes, harnesses, and other equipment are often abandoned in the Trap Dike. Due to age, weatherizing, and wearing of these materials they are unsafe and should never be used.
The Calkins Creek Horse Trail has two bridges out, making it impassable for horse drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
Saranac Lake Wild Forest
In 2019 the Department of Transportation will be replacing the culvert on State Route 30 at Spider Creek. Spider Creek is the waterway that flows out of Follensby Clear Pond to Fish Creek Ponds. During the construction, watercraft will not be able to pass through the culvert.
A temporary canoe carry to bypass the culvert may be established, but people visiting the area should consider using existing canoe routes that avoid this culvert entirely. The culvert may be closed for the entire 2019 construction season. When construction is complete, the culvert can be used once again for paddling.
Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Herkimer, and Oneida Counties
All mud gates to trails and seasonal access roads on forest preserve, state forest, and conservation easement lands are closed dude to spring thaw and muddy conditions. The DEC will reopen the roads once any necessary maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic.
Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) (aka Ausable Club)
Parking is prohibited along the Ausable Club Road and at the trailhead.
The easement agreement provides for public hiking only on designated trails and roads. Don’t trespass on AMR lands and waters or participate in any unauthorized activities.
Dogs are prohibited.
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.
Boreas Ponds Tract
Gulf Brook Road is closed for mud season.