Last weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) sent out an advisory asking people to avoid Adirondack backcountry trails because of flooding and other storm impacts. As of Wednesday, November 6th, that advisory remains in effect for the Adirondacks as the DEC continues to assess the damages around the region.
Avoid Traveling into the Adirondack Backcountry
In a recent bulletin, the DEC announced they are assessing the safety of hiking trails and the state of roads/other state facilities that may have been impacted by the extreme weather conditions.
The storm on Thursday, October 31st, affected many Adirondack towns and counties, resulting in impassable bridges and washed out roads and seasonal access roads. In addition, backcountry trails have infrastructure damage, washed out bridges, and downed trees, which make for unsafe hiking conditions.
The DEC is asking the public to contact the organization and local agencies before they visit to confirm whether or not the roads are passable and the trails safe. Until the advisory ends, it’s recommended that you postpone your trips into the Adirondack backcountry.
However, if you are in the region and notice any damage, please report it to the DEC’s Region 5 office at “R5.Info@dec.ny.gov.”