The weather looks a little chilly this weekend in the majority of the Adirondacks. Conditions are variable and trails are muddy – keep reading for more to know before heading out for your hike.
The Weather Report for the Weekend
- Crown Point: Fri 39° and snow showers, Sat 51° and sunny, Sun 52° and mostly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 32° and snow showers, Sat 46° and mostly sunny, Sun 48° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 40° and mostly cloudy, Sat 54° and sunny, Sun 57° and cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 31° and mostly cloudy, Sat 45° and mostly sunny, Sun 46° and cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 32° and mostly cloudy, Sat 45° and mostly sunny, Sun 48° and cloudy
- Malone: Fri 36° and mostly cloudy, Sat 48° and mostly sunny , Sun 50° and mostly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 34° and mostly cloudy, Sat 48° and mostly sunny, Sun 51° and cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 32° and partly cloudy, Sat 45° and mostly sunny, Sun 49° and mostly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 32° and mostly cloudy, Sat 46° and mostly sunny, Sun 47° and cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 38° and cloudy, Sat 50° and sunny, Sun 52° and mostly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 33° and mostly cloudy, Sat 46° and mostly sunny, Sun 47° and cloudy
Conditions are all over the place. Snow and ice are melting at high elevations causing dangerous conditions on steep trails. Lower elevation trails are muddy with slushy, rotten snow, and some areas are flooded.
Bring winter gear with you, including traction devices like microspikes and crampons. Snowshoes or skis are still required where snow is 8 inches deep or more. Conditions on summits will be severe with freezing temperatures and strong winds. When you check temperatures again before heading out check both daytime and nighttime temperatures, and take wind chill into consideration.
Colden Caretaker Report
Approximately 2 feet of snow remains at the Colden Caretaker cabin and 3- 4 feet of snow at higher elevations. This is slightly down from last week. Snowshoes are still required. Lakes, including Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, are no longer safe to cross.
Mud Season is Here!
The DEC has issued a Muddy Trail Advisory. Please hike on trails below 2,500 until conditions improve.
Pilot Reservation System at Adirondack Mountain Reserve
If you haven’t heard, a pilot reservation system will go into effect at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve on May 1. Your reservation guarantees you a parking spot, although you do not need to have a vehicle to make a registration.
If you’re being dropped off or otherwise arriving without a vehicle you do still need to make a reservation; walk-ins will not be permitted. There is one exception to this which is if you’re arriving by Greyhound or Trailway bus lines you can produce a valid ticket from within the last 24 hours in lieu of a reservation.
You can make a reservation up to two weeks in advance, and the system for doing so goes live on April 15, so you can have something to look forward to other than Tax Day.
A Reminder on Drones
Drones are prohibited on lands classified as Wilderness, Primitive, and Canoe Area.
Plan, Plan, Plan & Have Backup Plans
It’s more important than ever to plan ahead for your hike. The still-winter conditions we’re experiencing can make navigating trails more difficult – especially lesser-used trails, which many recreationists seek out these days.
Plan and study your route using an up-to-date map published by a reliable source before you begin y our hike. Take note of significant landmarks and trail intersections. Leave your planned route with a trusted friend or relative. Also make sure you research trailhead parking.
When hiking, pay close attention to posted signage and check your map at trail intersections to confirm you’re on the correct path.
It’s still vital to have a backup plan whenever you go hiking, as well-known trials get crowded and parking lots fill up early. The DEC recommends having several backup plans. If you arrive at your chosen destination and cannot find legal parking, move along to Plan B (and then Plan C if you need to).
Reminder: Public Input on Draft RMP
The DEC is accepting comments on the draft Recreation Management Plan for Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement through April 23.
Save This Number
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.
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.
The High Peaks Trail Crew was able to replace the missing sign at the junction of Blue Ridge Road and Tahawus Road; the original sign was vandalized this summer. The sign provides direction to those heading to the Southern High Peaks.
Lake George Wild Forest
Shelving Rock Road has reopened. Dacy Clearing Road will be closed for the remainder of mud season.
The gate for Jabe Pond Road in Hague is closed for mud season.
The gate for Lily Pond Road in Horicon is closed for mus season.
The gate for Palmer Pond is closed for mud season.
Ferris Lake Wild Forest
The Mud Pond trail gate off Billy Hamlin Road is closed.
John Brown Tract Conservation Easement
The snowmobile trail gate near the Gull Lake Trailhead is closed for mud season.
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