Hiking with your love over Valentine’s Day? Maybe it’s just another weekend for you and you’re simply heading out to hike, ski, snowmobile, and enjoy the ADK. Here’s the latest on what to know:
The Weather Report: It’s Still Cold Out There
- Crown Point: Fri 15° and partly cloudy, Sat 17° and mostly cloudy, Sun 29° and mostly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 17° and partly cloudy, Sat 18° and cloudy, Sun 28° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 21° and mostly cloudy, Sat 23° and cloudy, Sun 34° and mostly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 14° and partly cloudy, Sat 15° and mostly cloudy, Sun 26° and mostly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 16° and partly cloudy, Sat 18° and cloudy, Sun 27° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 10° and partly cloudy, Sat 12° and mostly cloudy, Sun 20° and mostly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 19° and partly cloudy, Sat 18° and cloudy, Sun 30° and mostly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 16° and partly cloudy, Sat 17° and cloudy, Sun 25° and mostly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 13° and partly cloudy, Sat 17° and mostly cloudy, Sun 24° and mostly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 15° and partly cloudy, Sat 28° and mostly cloudy, Sun 29° and mostly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 13° and partly cloudy, Sat 14° and mostly cloudy, Sun 24° and mostly cloudy
Check the forecast for your destination and plan accordingly. Weather at the summits will be more severe, with below freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and strong winds. Take the wind chill into consideration when preparing for the weather.
Lake Colden Caretaker Report
Approximately 2 feet and 9.5 inches of snow has accumulated at the Colden Caretaker cabin and 5 to 6 feet of snow on summits. Snowshoes are needed on all trails in the High Peaks Wilderness, starting at the parking lots. All ski trails are skiable. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are windblown with snow drifts.
Snow Accumulation Report
Snow accumulation data is collected every other week and was last collected on February 3:
- Northwoods Club Road, Minerva: 18.6 inches
- Goodnow Flow Road, Newcomb: 18.8 inches
- Tahawus/Upper Works, Newcomb: 18.2 inches
- Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb: 21.4 inches
- Elk Lake Road, North Hudson: 21.2 inches
- Lake Colden: 27.5 inches
- Cedar River Road, Indian Lake: n/a
- Sagamore Road, Long Lake: n/a
- Haskell Road, Ohio: n/a
- North Lake road, Ohio: n/a
Recent Trail Notices to Know About
High Peaks Wilderness
There have been several reports of unstable snowpack on open slopes. Practice safe travel when crossing exposed areas.
For Snowmobilers: Black River Wild Forest
The Wolf Lake Landing Road in McKeever is a groomed snowmobile trail during the winter. This includes where the McKeever Trailhead Parking Area is located. Vehicles should not attempt to drive into the McKeever Trailhead, nor down the Wolf Lake Landing Road, when the road is covered with snow and/or ice. Multiple vehicles have become stuck when attempting to drive in and needed to be towed out. There is no official winter parking at this location.
For Snowmobilers: Taylor Pond Wild Forest
The Wilmington Trail, Catamount, and Taylor Pond snowmobile gates are open with good snow coverage at this time.
It’s Free Fishing Weekend!
Ever been curious about ice fishing? You can try it this Saturday and Sunday without a fishing license. The recent weather has improved ice conditions across the state, so conditions are good.
A minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety; know that ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water.
Boaters – Come to Take This Boating Access Survey
The DEC values your feedback and consistently asks for it. Here’s one for boaters: They’re conducting a survey on the overnight gate closure program at Mossy Point and Roger’s Rock boat launches on Lake George.
The information gathered will inform a more permanent program for future boating seasons and support the state’s ongoing efforts to protect Lake George from invasive pests. The survey and comment period is open until March 12.
Hike Smart, Winter-Style: Food & Water Storage
Some Hike Smart food/water storage tips….
- Insulate water bottles, hydration packs and tubes, and snacks to prevent freezing.
- Break food into small pieces so it’s easier to eat even if it does freeze.
- Store food and water at the center of your pack.
- Bring a small backpacking stove to melt water if needed, plus a small pot or metal cup.
- Bring hot food or a hot drink in a thermos.
- Choose foods high in calories and nutrients (this is year-round advice!).
Leave No Trace, Winter-Style: Give Wildlife a Thumbs Up
Here’s a fun way to make sure you’re putting enough distance between you and wildlife (it can be tough when we all want to get that perfect picture!).
Leave No Trace recommends the trick of standing with your arm straight out in front of you and your thumb up. Close one eye and look down your arm at your thumb. If you can “cover” the animal from view using your thumb, you’re far enough away. If you can’t, step back until you can. Do make sure you’re not in danger before using the thumb trick.