Mother’s Day Weekend is upon us, and if you were planning to hit the trails and enjoy the outdoors in the Adirondacks, be sure to check the weather forecast! Continue to #RecreateLocal, stay safe, monitor the weather and read up on these hiking notices before you head out.
Check the Weather Forecast
While weather predictions have been a little bit, well, unpredictable this year, snow is expected to fall across the North Country Friday night into Saturday, with most places receiving a couple of inches. Visit the National Weather Service for more information.
- Crown Point: Fri 53° and mostly cloudy, Sat 43° and partly cloudy, Sun 53° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 53° and scattered showers, Sat 35° and snow showers, Sun 45° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 63° and scattered showers, Sat 44° and mostly cloudy, Sun 55° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 43° and mostly cloudy, Sat 40° and snow showers, Sun 49° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 44° and cloudy, Sat 40° and snow showers, Sun 49° and cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 47° and scattered showers, Sat 38° and partly cloudy, Sun 48° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 42° and mostly cloudy, Sat 34° and snow showers, Sun 44° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 44° and mostly cloudy, Sat 35° and snow showers, Sun 43° and cloudy
- Speculator: Fri 44° and mostly cloudy, Sat 36° and mostly cloudy, Sun 46° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 53° and mostly cloudy, Sat 43° and mostly cloudy, Sun 53° and partly cloudy
Stay Safe, Recreate Responsibly
While indoor spaces and restrooms at State Parks and DEC’s public facilities are closed, many parks, grounds, forests, and trails are open during daylight hours every day.
State parks, lands, forests, and facilities are monitored by Park Police, Forest Rangers, Environmental Conservation Police Officers, and other staff. Physical distancing will be incorporated to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
The DEC and State Parks are encouraging New Yorkers to stay safe and be smart about outdoor recreation at this time. Use common sense, practice social distancing, and #RecreateLocal.
Current Trail Conditions
Trails are still a mix of mud, ice, and snow. Mud and ice are present at low to moderate elevations. Ice and deep snow are present in the higher elevations. Trail crampons should be carried on all hikes, and snowshoes should be carried on high elevation hikes.
Water levels in streams and rivers are high, currents are swift, and water temperatures are extremely cold.
Continue to Sign In at Trailheads – With Precautions
Only one person per group should sign in at a trailhead (and groups should be small and consist of only immediate household members). Bring your own pen, avoid commonly touched surfaces, carry hand sanitizer with you, and don’t cough or sneeze at the register. Maintain social distancing with other hikers.
Golf Courses are Now Open
State-owned golf courses are now allowed to open, as well as private and municipal golf courses. Operating schedules will vary; please contact individual golf courses for more information.
What to Know About Camping & Campgrounds
All DEC campgrounds remain closed, including campsites, bathrooms, playgrounds, pavilions, picnic sites, beaches, and other day use areas and facilities. The public may enter DEC campgrounds to access trails on the Forest Preserve or to walk or bike on the campground roadways. Motor and motorized vehicles are prohibited from entering DEC campgrounds. Visit in small groups limited to household members and practice social distancing.
Use of lean-tos should be restricted to members of a single household at a time to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The DEC has temporarily stopped issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more, and for more than three days at one location on state lands.
The DEC’s Otter Creek Horse Trail Facility is temporarily closed to overnight camping; day-use of the area is still allowed, although water and restroom facilities are not available.
DEC Boat Launches are Open
DEC boat launches are open for recreational use by individuals and households. The following must be adhered to:
- Try to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others
- Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands
- Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as rails, posts, and tie off cleats
- Wear a mask when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained
The DEC’s Lake Flower Boat Launch in Saranac Lake is closed to trailered boats due to construction going on.
For the Rock Climbers
Many rock climbing routes are currently closed to allow peregrine falcons to nest.
See Specific Closures and Notices
Rattlesnake Mountain in Willsboro, the Pinnacle Trail in Bolton Landing, and Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob in Fort Ann are all closed due to social distancing concerns.
The Adirondack Mountain Reserve (Ausable Club) has reduced parking capacity on its lots near the intersection of Ausable Road and State Route 73 to a maximum of 28 vehicles. Parking is not permitted along Ausable Road, on Ausable Club lands, or along the nearby stretches of State Route 73. Choose a different hike or return on another day if necessary.
The Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center is closed through May 14th. Parking at the Adirondak Loj Trailhead remains open to the public for a fee, but vehicles should park more than six feet apart. The restrooms on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center are open.
Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access. This blocks public access to Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.
DEC-controlled fire towers remain closed to the public; trails and summits are open.