You may have heard about the high temperatures predicted for this weekend in the Adirondack region – see what that means for your planned hike or camping trip and prepare accordingly.
Hot & Humid Weather This Weekend
Here’s the current forecast:
- Crown Point: Fri 94° and partly cloudy, Sat 96° and partly cloudy, Sun 93° and scattered thunderstorms
- Indian Lake: Fri 85° and partly cloudy, Sat 88° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake George: Fri 93° and partly cloudy, Sat 95° and partly cloudy, Sun 93° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 85° and partly cloudy, Sat 89° and partly cloudy, Sun 83° and scattered thunderstorms
- Malone: Fri 87° and partly cloudy, Sat 90° and partly cloudy, Sun 83° and scattered thunderstorms
- North Creek: Fri 88° and partly cloudy, Sat 90° and partly cloudy, Sun 87° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 85° and showers, Sat 88° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 83° and scattered thunderstorms
- Speculator: Fri 84° and partly cloudy, Sat 87° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 94° and partly cloudy, Sat 96° and partly cloudy, Sun 93° and isolated thunderstorms
The National Weather Service has declared a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the Adirondacks through Saturday. Hot and humid conditions are expected for Friday and Saturday. High temperatures will get up into the upper 80s and mid-90s. Heat index values will be in the mid to upper 90s.
There may be showers and thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday. Storms on Saturday have the potential to be strong to severe, and produce damaging winds and hail.
Remember that thunderstorms can pop up in the summer whether they’re forecasted or not. Avoid summits, water surfaces, and other open areas during thunderstorms. As soon as you’re first aware of an approaching thunderstorm move to lower elevations, head to shore, and seek shelter.
Avoid Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke
Wear sunscreen and hat. Slow your pace. Drink water and rest more often. Seek shade and avoid long periods in direct sunlight. If you do start to feel sick or uncomfortable take time to rest in the shade, drink lots of liquids, cool off, and then head back to the trailhead.
Please leave your dogs at home this weekend! Dogs are much more susceptible to overheating than humans.
Tips to stay hydrated: Drink 1 to 2 cups of water or a sports drink before beginning your hike. Limit your caffeine intake. Drink at least a quart of water per hour during the hike. Alternate between water and electrolytes or sports beverages. Drink more than you think is necessary.
Continuing to hike in a dehydrated state can lead to serious consequences, including heat stroke, muscle breakdown, and kidney failure. Rehydration is essential when you’ve completed your hike. Rehydration is enhanced when consuming fluids or foods contain sodium and potassium like bananas, citrus fruits, lemonade, and orange juice.
Current Trail Conditions
Expect to encounter wet and muddy conditions on trails, especially in low areas, long waterbodies, and after rain events. 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.
While preparing for your camping or hiking trip check area notices for active bear advisories. If there are active bears where you’re planning to go, either choose an alternative trip or thoroughly educate yourself on how to reduce your chance of a bear encounter with proper storage, disposal of food waste, and what to do if you happen to encounter a bear.
Find out where increased bear activity has been identified in the Specific Notices section below.
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.
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.
Plan Ahead for Your Hikes
Plan for any hike or camping excursion by thoroughly researching the trip beforehand. This way you can be sure to pack and prepare everything needed for a safe and enjoyable trip. You should also have an alternative plan (in case parking is full, there’s a bear advisory, etc). And, know what to do in an emergency.
Things to know before the hike:
- How long is the hike?
- How steep and difficult is the terrain?
- Are there water sources along the trail?
- Are there trail junctures and turn-offs along the hike and where are they located?
- What is the parking area like? Should I arrive early?
- What are the rules and regulations of the wilderness area I’m visiting?
Continue to Share the Roads
Remember that cyclists are utilizing the busy North Country roads training for the Lake Placid Ironman at the end of the month. Please be on alert when driving on roadways and double check shoulders before turning into parking areas, driveways, or onto other roads.
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.
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.
The following seasonal access roads are closed:
Moose River Plains Wild Forest: Rock Dam Road is closed.
Terry Mountain State Forest: Terry Mountain State Forest is closed.
Lake George Wild Forest: Gay Pond Road is closed.
Wilcox Wild Forest: Pumpkin Hollow Road is closed.
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.
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.
Blue Mountain Wild Forest/Township 19
The O’Neill Flow and Barker Pond Roads are closed through the weekend due to extremely muddy conditions.
Boreas Ponds Tract
Work on Gulf Brook Road has begun. The road is closed to motor vehicles on Monday through Thursday. Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders may use the road but use caution in active work areas and follow the instructions of staff. The road is open to Fly Pond Gate on Friday through Sunday.
High Peaks Wilderness
There has been increased bear activity at Marcy Dam and Feldspar. Avoid problems with bears by cooking early and securing the bear resistant canister immediately after taking food out. Consider bringing bear spray with you for unexpected close encounters.
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 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
Adirondack Mountain Reserve Conservation Easement Tract (AMR/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. Do not trespass on AMR lands and waters. Dogs are prohibited.
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.