Some areas of the Adirondacks won’t be too bad weather-wise for outdoor recreation, although we are seeing some snow and rain and some areas. Check out what you need to know for hiking this weekend, and make sure to visit the new reservation system website for the AMR, to plan for future hikes.
The Current Weather Forecast for Areas of the ADK
The weather is not as nice as last weekend. Hopefully this will be the last of the classic Upstate New York snow we tend to see this time of year! Here’s the forecast:
- Crown Point: Fri 42° and rain and snow, Sat 51° and cloudy, Sun 57° and cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 41° and rain and snow, Sat 47° and cloudy, Sun 52° and cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 46° and rain and snow, Sat 56° and cloudy, Sun 61° and cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 38° and snow, Sat 43° and snow showers, Sun 50° and scattered showers
- Long Lake: Fri 43° and rain and snow, Sat 47° and cloudy, Sun 53° and cloudy
- Malone: Fri 44° and showers, Sat 49° and cloudy, Sun 57° and cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 40° and snow, Sat 48° and cloudy, Sun 54° and cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 43° and rain and snow, Sat 48° and cloudy, Sun 52° and scattered showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 41° and rain and snow, Sat 46° and cloudy, Sun 53° and cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 41° and showers, Sat 50° and mostly sunny, Sun 56° and cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 43° and rain and snow, Sat 47° and cloudy, Sun 54° and showers
The Colden Caretaker Report
As of this writing the Colden Caretaker cabin report was last recorded on March 31, at which time there was 2 feet of snow at the cabin. Lakes, including Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, are definitely not safe to cross.
Variable Conditions & Muddy Trails
It might feel like spring at the trailhead, but it’s likely to be wintery at the summit. The Muddy Trail Advisory is still in effect. Please stick to hikes that are below 2,500 feet. Continue to stay on the trails and walk through the mud and not around it, to protect trailside vegetation.
Bring Winter Gear, Prepare for All Conditions
Even when you’re sticking to lower elevations it’s smart to stay prepared for winter conditions. Be prepared for all conditions with appropriate gear and extra clothing. Wear non-cotton, moisture-wicking base layers with additional warm, waterpoof, and windproof layers. Change out of wet clothes as needed to prevent hypothermia. Temperatures will likely fluctuate throughout the day.
Pilot Reservation System for AMR Is Live
The new reservation system for the Adirondack Mountain Reserve is now live online at hikeamr.org. They’re accepting reservations for May 1 to May 22 at this time.
It has been reported that there are a few small trees blocking the Indian Head via Gill Brook Trail when you do get out there.
Please know, this is only applicable for the AMR lands and not the rest of the Adirondacks. However, as we always tout, it’s vital to have several backup plans when you go hiking in case you cannot find legal, safe parking at the trailhead of your destination.
Gate Closure Season Extended at 2 Boat Launches
The DEC started closing the gates at the Mossy Point and Rogers Rock boat launches on April 15. This is part of an ongoing pilot program to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic species. The overnight closure will continue through December 15.
DEC Lowers Water Level at Western Adirondacks Dam
The DEC announced lower than usual water levels may be observed at the lower Bog River (Lower Lows) dam on the downstream side of Hitchens Pond in Piercefield. They are lowering the water to assess a leak.
The gate on the lower dam road is currently closed for mud season. The DEC anticipates that after the water is lowered kayakers, canoers, and other paddlers will be able to head up from the dam through Hitchens Pond, although the channel will be narrower, and more obstructions will be visible.
Plan Ahead for Your Hike, Bring a Headlamp
Although the days are getting longer, the DEC is still recommended a headlamp or flashlight on every hike, along with extra batteries and a backup source of light. Start long hikes early to maximize sunlight hours. Be mindful of sunrise and sunset times and plan accordingly.
Save This Number to Your Phone
Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers or wildland fires, to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518.891.0235.
Specific Trail Notices to Note
High Peaks Wilderness
The gate on Corey’s Road at the Raquette Falls Trailhead will remain closed until mid-May. Access to the Seward Range will require an additional 3 miles each way. Visitors can still hike, ski, and snowshoe the road. Users might encounter logging equipment from a private landowner’s logging operation.
There continues to be nuisance bear activity in the High Peaks Wilderness. Read about how to prevent black bear encounters >>
DEC & SCA Looking for Summer Internship Candidates (It’s Paid!)
The DEC and SCA (Student Conservation Association) is seeking to recruit a Natural Resource Steward to serve on public lands in the Old Forge area during the 2021 field season. The SCA internship will start in late May and through the summer; the end date will be determined by the student’s scheduled return to school.
The intern will engage the public in promoting Leave No Trace principles and general hiking safety; inspecting trails, camping areas, and other facilities to document maintenance needs; and assisting the DEC staff and other partners in working on large bridge projects and other trail-related work. And, other duties relating to the preservation, protection, and enhancement of the area’s natural resources.
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