Looking at the weather forecast we can see one day this weekend looks much preferable than the others in most areas. See what else you’ll want to know before hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend!
The Weather Report: Dicey on Friday & Sunday
It’s clear from the forecast that Saturday is the day to go hiking for most areas of the ADK:
- Crown Point: Fri 66° and thunderstorm, Sat 56° and partly cloudy, Sun 53° and rain
- Indian Lake: Fri 61° and thunderstorm, Sat 51° and partly cloudy, Sun 49° and rain
- Lake George: Fri 69° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 60° and partly cloudy, Sun 56° and rain
- Lake Placid: Fri 60° and thunderstorm, Sat 48° and partly cloudy, Sun 50° and rain
- Long Lake: Fri 60° and thunderstorm, Sat 50° and partly cloudy, Sun 49° and rain
- Malone: Fri 63° and thunderstorm, Sat 51° and partly cloudy , Sun 57° and sunny
- North Creek: Fri 34° and sunny, Sat 50° and sunny, Sun 58° and sunny
- Old Forge: Fri 31° and sunny, Sat 47° and sunny, Sun 55° and rain
- Saranac Lake: Fri 61° and thunderstorm, Sat 49° and partly cloudy, Sun 51° and rain
- Ticonderoga: Fri 66° and thunderstorm, Sat 56° and partly cloudy, Sun 52° and rain
- Tupper Lake: Fri 60° and thunderstorm, Sat 50° and partly cloudy, Sun 50° and rain
As per normal for this time of year, you can prepare for variable conditions in the Adirondacks. Warm, wet conditions at base elevations will yield to freezing temperatures, deep snow, and thick ice at higher elevations.
Come prepared for all weather and conditions with extra gear and clothing. Change out of wet clothes as needed to prevent hypothermia. Temperatures will fluctuate throughout the day. Freezing temperatures at night will create more ice and form a hard crust on deep snow.
Check the forecast for your destination, and take wind chill into consideration when preparing for temperatures.
Colden Caretaker Report
Approximately 2 feet, 4 inches of snow remain at the Colden Caretaker cabin and up to 5 feet of snow at higher elevations.
DEC Encourages Public Input on Draft RMP
The DEC is asking for public comment on the draft Recreation Management Plan (RMP) for Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement. The 511-acre conservation easement tract is located southwest of Old Forge in Webb between Route 28 and the Middle Branch Moose River.
The draft RMP proposes:
- .5-mile multi-use hiking, mountain biking, and skiing recreational trail
- .7-mile new snowmobile trail also open to hiking and mountain biking
- Constructing a new lean-to near the top of Flatrock Mountain
- Designating an existing logging road/snowmobile trail for ATV use for those with mobility impairments who hold a Motorized Access Program for People With Disabilities (MAPPWD) permit
- Constructing two accessible parking spaces, along with a nearby informational kiosk
- Constructing a three-car parking lot at the trailhead for one of the new trails off Minnehaha Road
The draft and a PowerPoint presentation are available for public review. The DEC will accept public comments through April 23 by email at email@example.com or by snail mail addressed to Michael Marsh, Forester, NYS-DEC 225 North Main Street, Herkimer, NY 13350.
Save This Number & Stay Safe
If you get lost or injured, keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch at 518.891.0235.
ADK Forest Ranger Scott Van Lear tweeted in the early hours of this morning, “Search and Rescue mission yesterday and through the night into this morning on March. Tough conditions. Stay safe all.”
Current Notices on Gate Closures & More
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest
All snowmobile gates in the unit will be closed this week.
Debar Mountain Wild Forest
All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week.
Sable Highlands CE/Chateauguay Woodlands
The gates at both ends of Liberty Road are closed for mud season.
The gate on Cobble Hill Road is closed for mud season.
Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area
The gate that provides winter access for ice fishing on Catfish Bay has been closed for the season.
Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement
The gates on Perkins Clearing Road and Jessup River Road are now locked for mud season. These gates typically reopen in late May.
Essex Chain Lakes Complex
Snowmobile Trail C8A is now closed for the season.
Independence River Wild Forest
All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week, including those on the Three Lakes Conservation Easement.
Watson’s East Triangle Forest
All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week, including those on the Croghan and Oswegatchie Conservation Easements.
Black River Wild Forest
Gates providing access to the following roads and trails have been closed for the spring mud season:
- Bisby Road, Nicks Lake Trail
- Wolf Landing Road, McKeever Trailhead
- Wolf Landing Road and Big Woodhill Trail intersection
- Otter Lake connector (two gates)
- Brandy Lake trailheads (two gates)
- Bear Creek Road trailhead
- Chub Pond trailhead
- Mill Creek Road/Big Woodhull Trail intersection
Walk Through That Mud
We are coming upon mud season as the deep snow that accumulated all winter melts. Help protect the integrity of the trails by walking through the mud and not around it. This protects trailside vegetation and prevents trail widening.
Incidentally, it also helps you protect yourself – walking around muddy sections can lead to the most dangerous conditions, where mud, ice, and rotten snow on the steep slopes can lead to slips and falls.
Be Prepared for Bears
As bears come out for hibernation they’re on the lookout for food, and the DEC has already received some reports of bear sightings this year. Now is the time to put away bird feeders, to feed pets indoors, and to store garbage indoors. Please take these precautions no later than April 1, which is Thursday.
Campers should store food properly in bear canisters or other effective methods of bear-resistant storage and use the camping triangle to minimize food smell at tent and lean-to sites; the camping triangle refers to the three points where you cook, sleep, and eat. These three points should all be about 100 yards away from each other to prevent attracting bears to your sleeping area or leading them to your food stores.
Check out igbconline.org for bear-resistant products.
Ice Safety is Still Important
Continue to be aware of ice safety; 3 to 4 inches of solid ice is the general rule. Ice thickness is not uniform on any body of water.
COVID is Still a Risk – Stay Safe
Please continue to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local.