Hiking over Father’s Day Weekend in the Adirondacks? The Muddy Trail Advisory is still in effect, and there’s more info to read up on before heading out. Have an enjoyable weekend!
Current Weather Forecast
- Crown Point: Fri 66° and scattered showers, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 74° and showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 57° and rain, Sat 72° and partly cloudy, Sun 70° and showers
- Lake George: Fri 68° and cloudy, Sat 84° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and showers
- Lake Placid: Fri 57° and showers, Sat 71° and partly cloudy, Sun 70° and showers
- Malone: Fri 64° and showers, Sat 74° and cloudy, Sun 72° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 59° and rain, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 71° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 56° and showers, Sat 72° and mostly cloudy, Sun 71° and showers
- Speculator: Fri 56° and rain, Sat 71° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 66° and mostly cloudy, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 74° and showers
While temperatures are warming and there are more sunny days, it continues to be cooler and wetter than usual. Mud and water are present on seasonal access roads and trails.
Thunderstorms can pop up at any time even if they’re not forecasted. As soon as you’re aware of an approaching thunderstorm move to lower elevations, head to shore, or otherwise seek shelter. If caught outside in a thunderstorm, find a low spot away from tall trees, seek an area of shorter trees, and crouch down away from tree trunks.
Trail Conditions – Still Muddy
The Muddy Trail Advisory is still in effect. Please avoid high elevation mountain summits and trails above 2,500 feet until the advisory is lifted. Steep trails with thin soils can be dangerous to hike and are susceptible to erosion. Snow and ice are still melting on the high elevation trails.
Mud and water are present on most trails. Protect trails and trailside vegetation by walking through mud and water and not around it.
Trails will continue to be wet and muddy this weekend with some rain forecasted – this can create slippery and unstable conditions in the higher elevations and on steeper sloping trails. Wear durable, waterproof hiking boots and bring trekking poles for extra stability while hiking through mud.
Water levels are high. Low water crossings may be problematic or impossible to cross.
Parking Restrictions on Route 73
Parking is now prohibited on a four-mile section of State Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb Trailhead. The DEC has been ticketing violators and the fines are hefty. Park in designated pull offs and parking areas only.
If you get lost or injured keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 518.891.0235.
Seasonal Access Roads
Most seasonal access roads are open while a few remain closed for mud season. Seasonal access roads are dirt and gravel which can be rough. Four-wheel drive SUVs, pick-up trucks, and other high clearance vehicles are recommended for driving on these roads. Roads may be narrow – use caution, drive slowly, and watch for oncoming vehicles.
For the Boaters, Paddlers & Anglers
Water levels are higher and water temperatures colder than usual for this time of year. Paddlers, tubers, and waders should expect to encounter strong currents on rivers. A group of paddlers on the Batten Kill in Washington County were unable to avoid a tree that had fallen the river (aka a strainer) due to the strong currents.
Personal flotation devices (lifejackets) are strongly recommended to be worn by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers. People immersed in cold waters can lose the ability to think clearly and move quickly after only a short time in the water.
Docks have been installed at all but a few boat launches where high water levels are preventing installation.
Bear Advisories & Bear Canisters
While preparing for your camping or hiking trip, check area notices for bear advisories. If there are active bears present where you are planning to go, either choose an alternative trip or thoroughly educate yourself on how to reduce your chance of a bear encounter with proper food storage, disposal of food waste, and then what to do if you happen to encounter a bear.
Bear resistant canisters are the most effective means for preventing bears from obtaining food while you’re camping. Black bears in the High Peaks Wilderness have regularly defeated bear resistant canisters made of clear plastic. Choose a dark coated bear canister where food is not visible inside.
The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the High Peaks Wilderness between April 1st and November 30th. All food, toiletries, and garbage must be stored in bear-resistant canisters.
Black Fly & Mosquito Season
Bug season is here. Black flies and mosquitoes are present in large numbers.
Wear light colored long sleeves and long pants. Tuck shirts into pants, button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist, and tuck the bottom of pant legs into your socks. Pack a head net to wear when insects are thick. Use an insect repellent with DEET and follow the label directions.
What to Know About Campfires & Firewood
Fires should be built in existing fire pits or fireplaces if provided. Use only dead and down wood for fires. Cutting standing trees is prohibited. Extinguish all fires with water and stir ashes until they are cold to the touch.
Do not build fires in areas marked by a “no fires” disk. Camp stoves are safer, more efficient, and cleaner. Fires are prohibited in the High Peaks Wilderness.
New York State regulations prohibits importing untreated firewood into New York as well as prohibits untreated firewood grown in New York to be transported 50 miles from its source or origin. This is extremely important, because you could be unknowingly transporting firewood infested with invasive species – this is one of the primary ways invasive pests and diseases spread to new areas.
Buy firewood locally from a campground or nearby vendor. If you choose to transport firewood within the state you’ll need to have a receipt indicating the firewood’s source, which must be within 50 miles of your destination.
Please Report Moose Sightings
The DEC is asking us to report moose sightings and observations. The DEC and its research partners use these public sightings as indices of moose distribution and abundance in New York.
This is part of a multi-year research project to obtain information on the status of New York State’s moose population, health of the moose, and the factors that influence mooose survival and reproductive rate.
The fire danger is currently low.
For the Bikers
Most trails are dry and rideable, but some remain closed due to wet and muddy conditions. Don’t use the muddy trails – they are easily rutted and damaged through use. If you are leaving tracks, that’s a sign to turn back.
Remember that electric powered bikes (e-bikes) are prohibited on all bike trails on the Forest Preserve.
Rock Climbing Routes
Some Adirondack rock climbing routes are closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites.
Practice Leave No Trace
Follow proper trail etiquette to maintain minimal impact on the environment and natural resources of the Adirondacks.
Vanderwhacker Wild Forest
Wolf Pond Trail and Wolf Pond Lean-to are open to public use. The 2.3-mile Wolf Pond Trail may be accessed from the Boreas River/Wolf Pond Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Road near the bridge over the Boreas River.
The gently rolling and easy to navigate trail crosses Wolf Pond Brook and proceeds northeast. The trail ends at the outlet of Wolf Pond and the new lean-to is located up a short spur trail on the southwestern side of the pond.
Wolf Pond provides scenic views of the High Peaks and surrounding mountains as well as excellent fishing opportunities. The 59-acre pond is home to stocked wild strain brook trout.
Aldrich Pond Wild Forest
All seasonal access roads, including Streeter Lake Road, are open to public motor vehicle access.
Boreas Ponds Tract
The DEC will be working in June and July to provide additional access and recreational infrastructure. Gulf Brook Road will be open Saturday and Sunday this upcoming weekend to the Fly Pond Parking area.
Until work is completed the road will be open to motorists on weekends only. The road will be open to hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders during the week but be cautious around construction areas and obey all instructions from workers.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest/West Canada Lakes Wilderness
All seasonal access roads, except for Rock Dam Road, are open to public motor vehicle use.
Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement Tract
All seasonal access roads are now open to public motor vehicle use.
Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Tract
All seasonal access roads are open to public motor vehicle use including the first two miles of Robbs Creek Road.
High Peaks Wilderness
Hikers seeking to use the Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail, which opened last fall, will be rerouted around the construction underway to make significant improvements to the Olympic Sports Complex facilities.
Hikers can park at the Biathlon Facility parking area in the Complex and use a marked 2.9-mile detour bypassing the construction zone using roads, ski trails, and a temporary trail to reach the Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail approximately one mile below the summit.
Expect to encounter trail workers along the trail to the summit of the mountain as they complete the final touches on the sustainability designed and recently opened trail.
Hikers may also reach the summit using the traditional route – the 2.2-mile Mt. Van Hoevenberg West Trail which begins at the trailhead on Meadows Lane.
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.
The Garden Trailhead Parking Lot is closed. Hikers can access the Garden Trailhead using the Town of Keene’s Shuttle from Marcy Field. Currently the shuttle only operates on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Town of Keene posts the shuttle schedule and additional information on their website.
The public is prohibited from walking, biking, or driving on the alternate route that the shuttle takes. When the shuttle is not operating, hikers are encouraged to hike other trails in the area.
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
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.