With the exception of some scattered showers here and there the weather is looking good for hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend! Here are the current trail conditions, weather report, and more.
Check Out the Weather Forecast
- Crown Point: Fri 82° and scattered showers, Sat 88° and mostly sunny, Sun 79° and mostly sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 87° and partly cloudy, Sat 91° and sunny, Sun 85° and mostly sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 72° and scattered showers, Sat 80° and mostly sunny, Sun 69° and scattered showers
- Malone: Fri 74° and showers, Sat 82° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and scattered showers
- North Creek: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 83° and mostly sunny, Sun 74° and mostly sunny
- Saranac Lake: Fri 73° and showers, Sat 81° and mostly sunny, Sun 70° and scattered showers
- Speculator: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and mostly sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 82° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 88° and mostly sunny, Sun 79° and mostly sunny
Daytime temperatures are regularly in the high 70s and 80s. Nighttime temperatures are still cool, especially in the higher elevations. Rain is common, but not as frequent or as heavy as it was in the spring. Temperatures will be cooler and winds stronger at mountain summits.
Always check the forecast again before you head out. Remember that thunderstorms can pop up during the summer at anytime, even if they’re not in the forecast. Avoid summits, water surfaces, and other open areas during thunderstorms.
As soon as you’re aware of an approaching thunderstorm move to lower elevations, head to shore, and seek shelter. If you’re 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.
Pro tip for hiking in the summer: Start early in the morning when temperatures are cool!
Be Aware of Parking Restrictions
The last thing you want to see after a rewarding hike is a parking ticket on your car. Remember that parking is prohibited on a four-mile section of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and Rooster Comb Trailhead. Parking is allowed at trailheads and other designated pull-offs.
Hikers planning to use the AMR parking lots and hike any of the nearby trails are recommended to identify alternate hikes before arriving, as lots fill quickly. If parking is full, be prepared to move on to your Plan B hike.
There are numerous hiking opportunities in the area beyond the High Peaks, or you could visit the High Peaks during the week when there is less demand.
Practice Leave No Trace
Follow proper trail etiquette to maintain minimal impact on the environment and natural resources of the Adirondacks.
Leave No Trace Hot Spot Events Coming Up
Speaking of Leave No Trace, The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and its Subaru Traveling Trainer team are partnering with ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club), the DEC, and other regional organizations to host a series of events focusing on the heavily-visited Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
The Hot Spot seeks to address the challenges associated with high concentrations of visitors to the region, including damage to alpine plants, trail erosion, human waste, and negative human/wildlife interactions.
The events are happening August 7th to the 14th and are free and open to the public.
Current Trail Conditions
Although the Muddy Trail Advisory has been lifted you can still expect to encounter wet and muddy conditions on trails, especially in low areas, along waterbodies, and after rain events.
Continue to wear footwear suitable for hiking through wet and muddy areas. Please protect trails and trailside vegetation by staying in the center of the trail and walking through mud and water, not around it.
Keep in mind that water levels increase during and immediately after significant rain events, and low water crossings might be difficult to cross.
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.
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 moose survival and reproductive rate.
Bear Resistant Canisters
The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks through November 30th; they’re highly encouraged elsewhere. All food, toiletries, and garbage should be stored in these canisters.
The fire danger is currently low.
Seasonal Access Roads
All but very few seasonal access roads are open. Seasonal access roads are dirt and gravel which can be rough. Roads may be narrow – use caution, drive slowly, and watch for oncoming vehicles. Four-wheel drive SUVs, pickup trucks, and other high clearance vehicles are recommended for driving on these roads.
For the Bikers
Trails are in good condition, however, you may encounter muddy trails or sections of trails. Please don’t ride on the muddy trails as they are easily rutted and damaged through use. If you’re leaving tracks, turn back.
Remember that electric powered bikes (e-bikes) are prohibited on all bike trails on the Forest Preserve.
Water Levels – For Boaters, Paddlers & Anglers
Water levels are in the average range, but due to saturated soils can rise quickly in smaller rivers and streams after significant rain events.
Personal flotation devices are strongly recommended to be worn by all boaters, paddlers, and anglers.
Docks have been installed at all boat launches.
Rock Climbing Route Closures
Some Adirondack rock climbing routes are closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sties.
Boreas Ponds Tract
Work on Gulf Brook Road continues to be delayed. The road will be open every day of the week to the Fly Pond Parking Area until further notice. The DEC will provide notice when the work starts, and the road will be open on Saturday and Sundays only.
High Peaks Wilderness
The Garden Trailhead Parking Lot is still closed. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the replacement of Johns Brook Road Bridge will not be completed until early September. Hikers will only be able to access the Garden Trailhead using the shuttle from Marcy Field until then. The Town of Keene website provides the shuttle schedule and additional information.
The trail to Little Porter Mountain from the Garden Trailhead is now closed. The portion of the trail crossing private land has been closed to public use by the landowner. Trespassing on those 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 Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail, which opened last fall, will be re-routed around the construction underway to make significant improvements to the Olympic Sports Complex facilities. Hikers can park at the Baithlon Facility parking area in the Complex and use a marked 1-mile detour bypassing the construction zone using roads, ski trails, and a temporary trail to reach the Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail.
It’s a 3.8-mile roundtrip hike from the parking area to the summit and back. 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 can also reach the summit using the traditional 2.4-mile (4.4-mile roundtrip) Mt. Van Hoevenberg West Trail which begins at the trailhead on Meadows Lane.
The roadway on Bradley Pond Trail has been washed out by the Harkness Lake Outlet approximately half a mile from the parking lot. Hikers will be unable to cross the outlet when water levels are high.
The Bradley Pond Lean-to has a 3-foot by 6-foot hole in the roof. The lean-to can still be used as long as it’s not raining. The DEC is working on a temporary fix and will fully repair the roof at some point.
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.
The Marcy Dam #4 Lean-to has been removed. A new Phelps Brook Lean-to has been installed off the Marcy Truck Trail. The lean-to was built by students from the Franklin-Essex-Clinton Counties BOCES Natural Resource Science Program. The students and volunteers from Lean2Rescue assembled the new lean-to. Follow signs from the bridge below Marcy Dam to the new lean-to.
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.
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 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
Dix Mountain Area/Eastern Zone of High Peaks Wilderness
The lands of the Dix Mountain Area are now part of the Eastern Zone of the High Peaks Wilderness. All regulations applicable to the Eastern Zone are now in effect, including by not limited to:
Group size: Groups should consist of no more than 15 hikers and no more than eight campers.
Bear-resistant canisters: These are required for overnight users between April 1st and November 30th. All food, toiletries, and garbage must be stored in bear-resistant canisters.
Glass containers: Glass containers are prohibited.
Giant Mountain Wilderness
All rock climbing routes on the Lower Washbowl Cliffs are closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. The routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs are open.
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.