The High Peaks are looking particularly brutal this weekend, weather-wise. Here’s what else to know and where you should avoid hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend.
Sunny Skies & Below Freezing Temperatures
- Crown Point: Fri 17° and mostly sunny, Sat 18° and mostly sunny, Sun 19° and mostly sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 6° and partly cloudy, Sat 11° and partly cloudy, Sun 20° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 19° and sunny, Sat 23° and sunny, Sun 23° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 4° and partly cloudy, Sat 8° and partly cloudy, Sun 20° and mostly sunny
- Long Lake: Fri 5° and partly cloudy, Sat 10° and mostly sunny, Sun 21° and mostly sunny
- Malone: Fri 7° and mostly cloudy, Sat 8° and partly cloudy, Sun 16° and mostly sunny
- North Creek: Fri 9° and partly cloudy, Sat 14° and sunny, Sun 19° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 4° and partly cloudy, Sat 9° and partly cloudy, Sun 21° and party cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 5° and partly cloudy, Sat 9° and partly cloudy, Sun 20° and mostly sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 15° and partly cloudy, Sat 16° and mostly sunny, Sun 18° and mostly sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 5° and partly cloudy, Sat 9° and partly cloudy, Sun 19° and mostly sunny
Weekend Weather Warning in the High Peaks
The DEC warns of high winds and extreme low temperatures for summits in the High Peaks this weekend. Friday morning winds (as this is being written) are reaching gusts up to 48 mph with a wind chill of -52 degrees F.
Extremely cold temperatures are expected to continue throughout the weekend, and travel at elevation or above tree line is not recommended at this time.
Also, there have been multiple reports of unstable snowpack on open slopes. Practice safe travel when crossing exposed areas.
Winter Conditions Everywhere
Although the High Peaks weather situation is currently brutal, you can expect much of the same elsewhere in Adirondack Park. Check the forecast for your destination and pack and plan accordingly. Remember that conditions will always be more severe on summits, with below freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and strong winds. Take wind chill into consideration when preparing for the temperatures.
Lake Colden Caretaker Report
There is 2.5 feet of snow at the Colden Caretaker cabin. Over 3 feet of snow has accumulated on summits. Snowshoes are needed on all trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, starting at the parking lots. Skiing is in, including the ski trail, South Meadows Road, and the trail to the flowed Lands. Both Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen.
Snow Accumulation Report
Snow accumulation data is collected every other week and was last collected on January 19th, so it is the same as was reported in our last Hiking Conditions post:
- Northwoods Club Road, Minerva: 14.5 inches
- Goodnow Flow Road, Newcomb: 14.3 inches
- Tahawus/Upper Works, Newcomb: 13.1 inches
- Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb: 16 inches
- Elk Lake Road, North Hudson: 17.3 inches
- Lake Colden: 27.1 inches
- Cedar River Road, Indian Lake: 19.1 inches
- Sagamore Road, Long Lake: 19.9 inches
- Haskell Road, Ohio: 20.9 inches
- North Lake road, Ohio: 20.4 inches
Use Common Sense, Turn Around If Needed
Weather forecasts are not always accurate, and weather conditions can change quickly, especially in the mountains, and particularly at higher elevations and above tree line. Be aware of your surroundings while hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. If you encounter conditions you’re not properly prepared for, turn around. You can always come back another day.
Bring That Winter Gear & Wear Appropriate Clothing
Prepare for the elements by bringing and wearing the following: base layer tops and bottoms made of wool or moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics, insulating layers, a waterproof/windproof jacket (preferably with a hood), a puffy jacket, a hat, mittens or gloves and extra to change when wet, wool socks (preferably tall) and extras, gaiters, goggles, a face mask or balaclava, and waterproof/sturdy/comfortable boots.
You also need snowshoes and traction devices; microspikes are good for flat, thin ice, while crampons are necessary for thick ice and steep, icy terrain.
Emergency Situations – Save This Number
If you get lost or injured keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch at 518.891.0235 (or 911).
For the Snowmobilers
Debar Mountain Wild Forest and Madawaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Area
The gates on Snowmobile Trail C8 are now open. The Madawaska trails, including Blue Mt. Road gates and trails, are open and groomed. The Meacham Lake to Debar Meadow/Hatch Brook gate on County Route 26 is also open and the trail groomed.
Continue to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 cases have been rising in New York State, including in the Adirondacks. Continue to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local.
Consider a Snowshoe Adventure This Weekend
Summiting a mountain no longer in your weekend plans? Would you still like to get out there? You might check out snowshoeing.
If you click through to the link above, you’ll find a list of places to snowshoe in the Adirondacks divided into places that offer rentals and those that do not. Paul Smith’s College VIC, for instance, has a cross-country ski and snowshoe center that offers rentals and they have 20km of trails that range in difficulty and length.
Garnet Hill Lodge’s outdoor center is another excellent option for both rentals and on-site trails.