Some seasonal access roads have opened, ticks are out, and there’s more to read up on before making your Adirondack hiking plans for the weekend.
The Weather: Rain Today, Sun & Clouds Saturday, Sunday
- Crown Point: Fri 57° and scattered showers, Sat 58° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 45° and rain, Sat 49° and mostly sunny, Sun 59° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 59° and scattered showers, Sat 61° and mostly sunny, Sun 71° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 46° and rain, Sat 46° and mostly sunny, Sun 55° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 46° and rain, Sat 48° and mostly sunny, Sun 57° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 50° and rain, Sat 50° and mostly sunny, Sun 63° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 50° and rain, Sat 53° and mostly sunny, Sun 63° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 45° and rain, Sat 48° and mostly sunny, Sun 58° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 47° and rain, Sat 47° and mostly sunny, Sun 56° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 56° and scattered showers, Sat 56° and partly cloudy, Sun 66° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 47° and rain, Sat 48° and partly cloudy, Sun 57° and partly cloudy
April showers are coming down for the last day of the month, and then it’s sun and clouds with not-too-cold-but-not-quite-warm temperatures Saturday and Sunday.
Expect Muddy Trails & Variable Conditions
The Muddy Trail Advisory is still in effect, and we can still expect variable conditions typical for this time of year. Warmish temperatures at the trailhead will give way to a winter-like atmosphere at the summit, depending on elevation.
Be prepared for all conditions and expect temperatures to fluctuate throughout the day. Bring extra clothes and change out of wet clothes as needed to prevent hypothermia.
Continue to stick to lower elevation trails (under 2,500 feet).
Fire Danger Rating
The current fire danger rating is low in the Adirondack Park, although moderate in the Hudson Valley/Catskills region.
Water is Flowing Fast & Freezing
Streams and rivers are open and many are running high. Use caution at crossings and on trails along fast-flowing brooks and rivers. Where bridges are not available, do not attempt stream crossings during periods of high, fast-moving water. The stream water is very cold and falling in can lead to immediate hypothermia.
Ticks! Ticks Are Out
Ticks are already becoming a concern in the Park, the DEC reports for the first time in 2021. Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pants legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors. Consider bringing and using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, well-traveled trails and walk in the center of the trails; avoid dense woods and bushy areas.
Bring the Bear Canister Camping
Bear-resistant canisters are required by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. The DEC encourages everyone to use them throughout the Adirondack backcountry.
Bear-resistant canisters should be used to store all food, food garbage, toiletries, and other items with a scent. They should be stored a minimum of 100 feet from tents, lean-tos, and cooking sites, and kept closed whenever they are not being accessed.
Many Rock Climbing Routes are Closed
The DEC closes certain rock climbing routes at this time of year to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Closed routes will reopen after the young have fledged.
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.
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. Some have recently been opened (see Trail Notices below).
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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
Tooley Pond Conservation Easement: Gates on Spruce Mountain Road and Allen Pond Road are now open for the season.
Perkins Clearing & Speculator: Perkins Clearing Road will be open to the public starting next Friday, May 7. Jessup River road is not open and the gate on Old Military Road will remain closed; therefore, the access to Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead and West Canada Wilderness is also unavailable.
Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement: Madawaska Road is now open. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
Silver Lake Wilderness: West River Road that provides access to the Whitehouse area is now open.
Black River Wild Forest: Wolf Lake Landing Road is now open to motor vehicles.
Independence River Wild Forest: All seasonal access gates are now open.
Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest: All seasonal access gates are now open.
Croghan Tract Conservation: All seasonal access gates are now open.
East Branch Fish Creek Conservation Easement: All seasonal access gates are open as of today, April 30.
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