The weather looks good this weekend! Check out the current trail conditions, fall foliage report, and notices to be aware of.
- Crown Point: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 82° and sunny, Sun 85° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 74° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and sunny, Sun 79° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and sunny, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 73° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and sunny, Sun 78° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 79° and sunny, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 79° and sunny, Sun 80° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 74° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and sunny, Sun 78° and partly cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 74° and partly cloudy, Sat 77° and sunny, Sun 78° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and sunny, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
Although this weekend is shaping up to be unseasonably warm remember that temperatures are significantly cooler in the morning, at night, and at summits.
Start your hike in warm layers and pack extra warm layers. Those hiking to higher summits should also pack a winter hat and gloves.
Campers should be aware of the cooler temperatures and pack warm clothes and sleeping bags rated for colder weather.
Properly Prepare for Your Hike
In addition to the temperature dropping the days are getting shorter, so make sure to plan your hike accordingly to ensure you have plenty of daylight for your trip.
Prevent hypothermia by dressing properly, staying dry, and adding or removing layers as needed to regulate your body temperature. Carry plenty of food and water. Eat, drink, and rest often. Being tired, hungry, or dehydrated makes your more susceptible to hypothermia. Pack extra noncotton, warm, and wind protectant layers including a hat and gloves for summits.
Always carry the following on any hike or paddle: water, a working headlamp or flashlight along with extra batteries, a map of the area, and food.
It’s also recommended to carry a pocket knife, duct tape to patch ripped jeans or broken poles, a space blanket, an emergency whistle, a first aid kit, and fire making tools.
Plan Ahead With Parking
Hiking continues to be a popular activity as we transition to fall. Parking areas and trailheads still fill up early. Plan to arrive early to get a parking spot and if one is not available, have an alternative hike planned.
Don’t park along roadways where no parking signs are present. You will be ticketed and it will be expensive. Be aware of slower vehicles entering and exiting parking areas as well as people crossing roads.
In particular, parking is not allowed on the shoulders of State Route 73 in the four-mile section between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb Trailhead.
If you get lost or injured, keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service call 911 or the DEC at 518.891.0235.
Fall Foliage Report
Check out the latest fall foliage report!
Current Trail Conditions
Trails are dry, though you might come across wet and muddy conditions in low areas and along water. Wear footwear suitable for hiking through wet and muddy areas. Please stay on the trails to protect trailside vegetation.
Pilot Hiker Shuttle
Now through Columbus Day Essex County the Whiteface-Lake Placid Hiker Shuttle is providing free rides Friday through Sunday to and from four stops which access six family-friendly hikes.
Fire danger is moderate in the Adirondack Fire Danger Rating Area and low in the Adirondack High Peaks and Upper Hudson Valley/Champlain Fire Danger rating ares.
Be safe with campfires.
Seasonal Access Roads
Seasonal access roads typically remain open until the end of the northern zone regular big game hunting season unless snow or other conditions warrant an early closure.
Seasonal access roads are zone 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.
Water Levels – For Boaters, Paddlers & Anglers
Due to the recent period of dry weather water levels in many rivers and streams are once again below average or low. Shallow sections of river and streams may be “bony” or otherwise too shallow to float through.
Water temperatures are cooling. Personal flotation devices are strongly recommended to be worn by all boaters, paddlers, and anglers.
For the Bikers
Trails are dry, though wet and muddy conditions may be encountered in low areas and along water. Please don’t ride on muddy trails – they’re 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.
Rock Climbing Routes
All Adirondack rock climbing routes are open. The DEC appreciates the cooperation of the climbing community during the closure period.
Big game, small game, and waterfowl hunting seasons are either open or will be open soon.
Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails. Please recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists with the legal right to participate in these activities on the Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands.
Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare. You can wear bright colors if it makes you feel safer.
Practice Leave No Trace
Follow proper trail etiquette to maintain minimal impact on the environment and natural resources of the Adirondacks.
Dogs Should be Leashed
If you’re hiking with your dog make sure to keep your pet on a leash. Wildlife is very active this time of year as the animals prepare for the upcoming winter.
Keeping your pet on a leash avoids startling wildlife or trampling habitats. It also protects your pet from negative encounters with larger wildlife, and from startling another pet who may be leashed.
Remember that others may not feel the same about your dog as you do, and a lot of adults and children fear these animals. Please be consider it of this and keep your pet close to you.
Ticks are still out and probably will be until the ground freezes or is covered with snow.
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 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. You may also want bear spray.
Please note that there continues to be high nuisance bear activity from the area at Marcy Dam through Avalanche Pass to Lake Colden and Uphill Lean-to/campsites.
Please report nuisance bear incidents to the DEC.
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.
Boreas Pond Tract
As of September 6th Gulf Brook Road is open to motor vehicle use to the Four Corners Parking Lot. Hikers and horseback riders may travel one mile between the parking lot to the Boreas Ponds dam. Hikers and horseback riders may also travel on any of the numerous miles of roadway.
Bicyclists may ride on Gulf Brook Road and the roadway to Boreas Ponds as far as the gate which is located 500 feet from the Boreas Ponds dam. Paddlers may carry one mile to access the water near the Boreas Ponds dam.
Or, paddlers can drop off canoes or kayaks and equipment at a waterway access site on LaBier Flow, 0.1 mile away from the Four Corners Parking Lot before parking. Paddlers may then paddle halfway down LaBier Flow and carry 0.3 mile to access the water near Boreas Ponds dam.
Campers can camp at large providing they are more than 150 feet away from any road, trail, or surface water.
High Peaks Wilderness
Garden Trailhead parking lot will remain closed until late September. Hikers can only access the Garden Trailhead using the shuttle from Marcy Field until then. Check the town of Keene for the shuttle schedule and additional information.
The Bradley Pond Lean-to has been repaired by volunteers from the Adirondacks 46ers.
The roadway on the 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 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 Biathlon 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 sustainably 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.
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 in the 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.
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.