After this week’s snow and winter-like temperatures, spring will return this Saturday for those of you who are looking to hike in the Adirondacks. However, despite the warm temperatures, hikers should prepare for a mix of mud and snow on the trails. Check out the latest Adirondack trail and weather conditions below.
The Current Weather Forecast for Areas of the ADK
As noted above, temperatures are rising once again, and we’re expected to see a mix of partly cloudy and sunny weather throughout the Adirondacks this weekend. Take a look at the weather forecast for different Adirondack communities:
- Crown Point: Fri 57° and partly cloudy, Sat 67° and partly cloudy, Sun 59° and showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 50° and partly cloudy, Sat 59° and partly cloudy, Sun 54° and showers
- Lake George: Fri 57° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and partly cloudy, Sun 59° and AM light rain
- Lake Placid: Fri 48° and AM snow showers, Sat 59° and partly cloudy, Sun 52° and showers
- Long Lake: Fri 50° and partly cloudy, Sat 59° and partly cloudy, Sun 54° and showers
- Malone: Fri 55° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and partly cloudy, Sun 56° and showers
- North Creek: Fri 53° and mostly sunny, Sat 62° and partly cloudy, Sun 56° and showers
- Old Forge: Fri 49° and partly cloudy, Sat 59° and mostly sunny, Sun 53° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 50° and AM rain/snow showers, Sat 61° and partly cloudy, Sun 54° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 57° and partly cloudy, Sat 66° and mostly sunny, Sun 59° and showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 49° and partly cloudy, Sat 60° and partly cloudy, Sun 54° and showers
Expect Muddy Trails & Variable Conditions
Although we can look forward to nice hiking weather this weekend, there are a couple advisories to know about before you go.
Spring is mud season in the Adirondacks, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Muddy Trails Advisory is still in effect. Please stick to hikes that are below 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened. For all trails, continue to stay on the trails and walk through the mud and not around it in order to protect trailside vegetation.
In addition, on Wednesday, April 23, parts of the Adirondack Park received approximately 5-6 inches of snow accumulation at low elevations. Hikers should be prepared for winter conditions this weekend and expect to encounter over a foot of new snow accumulation on top of the 2-3 feet of existing snow pack at higher elevations.
Bring Winter Gear & Wear the Right Clothes
Even when you’re sticking to lower elevations, it’s smart to stay prepared for winter conditions. Wear non-cotton, moisture-wicking base layers with additional warm, waterproof, and windproof layers. Change out of wet clothes as needed to prevent hypothermia. Temperatures will likely fluctuate throughout the day, and warm, wet conditions at base elevations will give way to freezing temperatures and deep snow and thick ice at higher elevations.
The Pilot Reservation System for AMR Is Live
The new reservation system for the Adirondack Mountain Reserve is live online at hikeamr.org. From May 1 – October 31, 2021, these no-cost reservations will be required for the 70 available parking spots at the AMR parking lot for daily access to trails on AMR property, as well as the Round Mountain and Noonmark Mountain trailheads accessed through AMR lands. No walk-in users will be permitted without a reservation, and advance reservations can be made two weeks in advance.
As of Thursday, April 22, visitors can make reservations now for hikes through May 22.
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. See the boat launch closure schedule: https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/122788.html
DEC Lowers Water Level at Western Adirondack 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 recommending 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.
A Note About Seasonal Access Roads
Through the end of spring mud season, many of the seasonal access roads that have been closed since winter will remain closed.
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
Moose Pond Road in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness is now open.
In the Black River Wild Forest, the gates are now open on North Lake Loop Road and Mill Creek Road.
Moose Pond Club Road in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest is temporarily closed for repairs, and no parking is allowed by the gate. Visitors can park across the Boreas River Bridge on old Route 28N and access the road on foot from there.
There continues to be nuisance bear activity in the High Peaks Wilderness. Read about how to prevent black bear encounters >>
COVID Is Still a Risk – Stay Safe
Please continue to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local.