It’s been fairly mild in the Southern Adirondacks around the Lake George area, but it’s getting snowy and blustery throughout the rest of the Park. See what you need to know for hiking (and maybe snowshoeing if you’re hitting up high elevations) this weekend.
Here’s the Current Weather Report
- Crown Point: Fri 45° and scattered showers, Sat 39° and cloudy, Sun 35° and mostly sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 38° and rain and snow, Sat 33° and cloudy, Sun 24° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 48° and cloudy, Sat 43° and cloudy, Sun 37° and mostly sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 36° and rain and snow, Sat 31° and snow showers, Sun 22° and mostly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 37° and rain and snow, Sat 34° and snow showers, Sun 24° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 40° and showers, Sat 34° and snow showers, Sun 28° and mostly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 40° and snow showers, Sat 36° and cloudy, Sun 27° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 36° and rain and snow, Sat 32° and snow showers, Sun 24° and mostly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 38° and rain and snow, Sat 33° and snow showers, Sun 24° and mostly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 45° and cloudy, Sat 39° and cloudy, Sun 35° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 36° and rain and snow, Sat 32° and snow showers, Sun 24° and cloudy
Approximate time of sunrise: 7:15am | Approximate time of sunset: 4:18pm
Weather forecasts and conditions can and do change quickly. Temperatures are getting cooler, and will be severe at high summits, with below-freezing temperatures, snow, and strong winds forecast on some of the High Peaks. Scan above for an idea of what to expect and then check the forecast for your specific destination. Plan and pack accordingly.
Practice Navigation Beforehand – This is Tougher in the Winter
Winter conditions can make navigating trails more difficult – this is particularly true for lesser-used trails, which many of us seek out these days. Plan and study your route ahead of time by using an up-to-date map published by a reliable source.
Take note of significant landmarks and trail intersections. Leave your planned route with a trusted person. While hiking, pay attention to posted signage and check your map at trail intersections to confirm you’re going where you want to.
Stay Safe, Avoid Hypothermia
Prevent hypothermia by keeping yourself warm and dry, drinking plenty water, and eating high-calorie, high-protein foods to maintain your energy. Dress in layers and add and remove layers as needed to warm yourself without sweating. When sweat dries it cools and that creates ideal conditions for hypothermia.
Know the Signs of Hypothermia & How to Treat Someone
Signs of hypothermia to watch for include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness.
If someone in your party begins showing these signs act immediately. Try to warm them up by getting to a warm shelter, lighting a fire, or wrapping them in a space blanket or bivy sack. Remove any wet clothing and replace with warm, dry clothing. Warm the center of the body. Skin to skin contact can help. Warm drinks can help raise core temperature but do not give the person alcohol. Once they’ve warmed up keep them dry and warm and seek proper medical attention as soon as possible.
If you get lost or injured keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service call 518.891.0235.
Bring That Winter Gear
Winter conditions are present in most places, with potentially deep snow and ice at higher elevations. Bring traction devices, such as microspikes or crampons, on all hikes. Snowshoes are recommended for high elevation highs. Snowshoes or skis are required once snow reaches depths of 8 inches.
Adhere to COVID-19 Guidelines
New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise throughout much of New York State, including the Adirondacks. Help prevent the spread and keep yourself safe by continuing to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local. The virus can spread outdoors.
Hunting Season are Open – Stay Safe
Many small game and big game hunting seasons are open. According to the DEC, hunting incidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare. But, it’s still important to stay safe, stay seen, and share the woods respectfully.
Carry In, Carry Out & Keep Our Park Clean
Please continue to do your part with keeping the Adirondack Park clean – put garbage in designated trash cans or take it home with you. Please don’t leave trash, gear, or food scraps behind. Use designated toilets when available and visit Leave No Trace to learn how to properly dispose of waste in the woods.
Seasonal Access Roads – Most are Still Open
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.
Current Notices From the DEC
Hoffman Notch Wilderness
The Severance Hill trailhead parking lot needs improvement. The DEC will be stockpiling gravel and stone in the parking area this fall and will use it to make improvements in spring 2021. Please don’t disturb the materials and park only in the remaining designated parking spaces.
Essex Chain Lakes Complex
Seasonal Camp Six Road is now closed due to conditions.
The fall seasonal portion of Chain Lakes Road South will be closed starting Monday, December 7.
All other publicly accessible roads in the Essex Chain Lakes Complex will remain open until conditions warrant their closure.
High Peaks Region
South Meadow Road is closed to public vehicle traffic for the winter season. Users may still walk, ski, and snowshoe the road.