Need a break? The weather is looking favorable for an enjoyable escape into the Adirondacks this weekend. Here’s what hikers should know before heading out.
The Weather: Mostly Sunny & Partly Cloudy
- Crown Point: Fri 69° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and partly cloudy, Sun 70° and sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 61° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and partly cloudy, Sun 66° and sunny
- Lake George: Fri 71° and mostly sunny, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 71° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 60° and partly cloudy, Sat 64° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 61° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and partly cloudy, Sun 66° and sunny
- Malone: Fri 63° and partly cloudy, Sat 67° and partly cloudy, Sun 66° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 62° and mostly sunny, Sat 68° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and sunny
- Old Forge: Fri 60° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and partly cloudy, Sun 64° and sunny
- Saranac Lake: Fri 61° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 67° and mostly sunny, Sat 68° and partly cloudy, Sun 67° and sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 60° and partly cloudy, Sat 64° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and partly cloudy
Approximate time of sunrise: 6:40am | Approximate time of sunset: 4:40pm
Although the weather looks fantastic, as always, the above is to show an overall idea of what to expect; please check the daytime and nighttime temperatures of the place you will be visiting. Seasonal temperatures will be lower on high summits, and exposed summits will be windy. Temperatures can change significantly depending on your location, your elevation, and the time of day.
Stay Safe & Warm – Layer Up
Wear non-cotton, moisture wicking base layers and wearing or bringing additional warm, waterproof, and windproof layers. You’ll also need a hat, mittens, and extra socks. Wear sturdy, waterproof boots that are already broken in. Add or remove layers as needed to keep you warm without sweating through clothes. As sweaty clothes cool, they create ideal conditions for hypothermia.
Bring Your Winter Gear
Winter conditions have arrived in the Adirondacks, and snow and ice have been reported on some mountain summits. Moving through snow and ice takes longer than walking on dry ground, so plan for extra time added to your hike. Traction devices and warm, waterproof boots are recommended for winter conditions as well.
Pack a Light for Every Hike
Regardless of how long the trail is or what time of day it is pack a light of some kind and back up batteries. You are more likely to get lost or injured hiking in the dark. Never rely on your cell phone’s flashlight, which can drain batteries quickly.
Keep the Environment Clean
Please help us preserve the pristine Adirondacks so hikers and other outdoor recreationists can enjoy the Park for many years to come. Taking care to do simple things like not leaving trash, gear, or food scraps behind can make a big difference. Use designated toilets when available and visit LNT.org to learn how to “leave no trace” when you need to go in the woods.
Plan Ahead, Review Regulations, Have a Backup Plan (or 2)
It’s more important than ever to research your hike ahead of time – and your backup hikes you’ll have in your back pocket in case the parking lot at your desired destination is full. Each state land management unit has rules in place to protect users and natural resources.
Here are the Trail Conditions
Trails will be wet and muddy at low elevations and snowy and icy at higher elevations. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud and snow, not around it, to protect trail edges. Use traction devices when you encounter ice.
Adhere to COVID-19 Guidelines & Restrictions
Hikers and others recreating outdoors re required in New York State to wear a face mask when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained, including on trails and in the backcountry. Always pack a mask.
If you get lost or injured keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service call 518.891.0235.
Current Fire Danger & Campfire Safety Reminder
Fire danger continues to be low. Continue to be safe with campfires, never leaving them unattended, fully extinguishing before leaving your campsite, etc.
Hunting Seasons are Open
Most small game and some waterfowl and big game hunting seasons are open. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails. These are fellow outdoor recreationists with legal right to participate in these activities on the Forest Preserve. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare.
Leave the Drones at Home
Drones are popular for capturing fall foliage photography but they are not allowed in all areas of the Adirondacks. Drones are prohibited on lands classified as Wilderness, Primitive, and Canoe Area.
What to Know About Seasonal Access Roads
Seasonal access roads are dirt and gravel which can be tough, and it’s recommended to use four-wheel drive SUVs, pickup trucks, or other high clearance vehicles on these roads. Roads may be narrow – use caution, drive slowly, and watch for oncoming vehicles.
Seasonal access roads typically remain open to public motor vehicles traffic through the end of the regular Northern Zone big game hunting season unless weather conditions dictate an earlier closing. In the winter, many of these roads are used as snowmobile trails.
Water Conditions: Cold
Water temperatures are very cool. Levels are at average throughout most of the Adirondacks, with some waterways below average.
Recent Notices to Be Aware Of
Lake George Wild Forest
The Veterans Memorial Parkway will close for the season at 4pm on November 11. Use of the parkway is free this year. COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
High Peaks Wilderness
The high-water crossing footbridge over Phelps Brook on the Van Ho Trail to Mt. Marcy just above Marcy Dam came to the end of its service life and was removed by the DEC. When Phelps Brook is running high and the low water crossing is unsafe, hikers can use the newly developed Phelps Brook Lean-to Trail between the South Meadow (aka Marcy Dam Truck) Trail (0.5 mile north of Marcy Dam) and the Van Ho Trail (above the crossing). The trail is marked with red Foot Trail markers.
The two trails on the Elk Lake Conservation Easement Tract which provide access to Dix Mountain, Marcy Mountain, and the Colvin Range are now closed to public use and will remain closed through the Northern Zone Big Game Hunting Season.
Boreas Ponds Tract
Boreas Road – which the DEC opens during hunting season – cannot be accessed during this year’s hunting season due to the damage and closure of the Gulf Brook Road.