It might be more of a, walk-in-the-woods kind of a weekend than a hike-up-a-mountain one. The weather is going to be gorgeous – on lower elevation trails, anyway! – this Saturday throughout much of the Adirondacks.
The Weather Report: Get Out There Before Sunday
- Crown Point: Fri 73° and mostly sunny, Sat 75° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and scattered showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 67° and partly cloudy, Sat 72° and partly cloudy, Sun 63° and showers
- Lake George: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 77° and partly cloudy, Sun 71° and showers
- Lake Placid: Fri 69° and mostly sunny, Sat 72° and mostly sunny, Sun 66° and scattered showers
- Long Lake: Fri 68° and partly cloudy, Sat 72° and partly cloudy, Sun 64° and showers
- Malone: Fri 76° and mostly sunny, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 70° and scattered showers
- North Creek: Fri 68° and partly cloudy, Sat 72° and partly cloudy, Sun 64° and showers
- Old Forge: Fri 66° and mostly cloudy, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 64° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 70° and mostly sunny, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and scattered showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 73° and mostly sunny, Sat 74° and mostly sunny, Sun 69° and scattered showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 70° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and mostly sunny, Sun 67° and showers
The rain will continue on next week after Sunday, so enjoy the beautiful weather while you still can!
Variable Conditions & Muddy Trails
It’s springtime at the trailhead, but still winter on some high summits. This can make hiking conditions difficult to predict, so continue to dress and prepare for all conditions. As the Muddy Trail Advisory is still in effect, it would behoove hikers to stick to lower elevation trails at this time anyway. Specifically, the DEC is asking we choose hikes that are below 2,500 feet.
Colden Caretaker Report
Approximately 2 feet of snow remains at the Colden Caretaker cabin and 3- 4 feet of snow at higher elevations. Snowshoes are still required. Lakes, including Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden, are no longer safe to cross.
Pilot Reservation System at Adirondack Mountain Reserve
Just a friendly reminder that the pilot reservation system goes into affect at the AMR on May 1; reservations can be made starting April 15.
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.
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 mud season.
The gate for Palmer Pond is closed for mud season.
Ferris Lake Wild Forest
Powley Road is closed for mud season.
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.
Fire Danger Report
The fire danger is moderate at this time. Brush burning is prohibited across the state until May 14.
Water Levels: High; Water Temperature: Cold
Streams and rivers are open and running high. Use caution at crossings and on trails along fast-flowing brooks and rivers. Where bridges are not available, do not attempt to cross the stream when the water is high and moving fast. The stream water is very cold, and falling in can lead to immediate hypothermia.
Spring is Here & Ice is No Longer Safe
Ice is no longer safe on any waterbody. Use extreme caution, especially at outlets, as temperatures warm and ice continues to melt.
For the Rock Climbers: It’s Peregrine Falcon Nesting Season
It’s that time of year again – for mud, yes, but also peregrine falcon nesting. All routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs, Lower Washbowl Cliffs, Moss Cliffs, and the main face of Notch Mountain Parallel to Route 86 are closed.
The Spider’s Web, certain areas near Notch Mountain, and certain routes on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain are open.
DEC Employment & Internship Opportunities
The DEC is currently hiring trail crew members to work in the High Peaks Wilderness from May through October. Crew members work in all weather conditions and camp for five days at a time. This year’s crew will focus on continuing to build sustainable trails on Mt. Van Hoevenberg and Cascade Mountain, on projects like campsite hardening, bridge building, and drainage work.
There are supervisor and laborer positions available, and previous backcountry trail work experience is required. You can submit an application or get more info by emailing info.R5@dec.ny.gov. There are also seasonal jobs available at public campgrounds and day-use areas.
In addition, there’s a communications internship opportunity in the High Peaks region this summer based out of Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook. Interns will play an active role in educating the public on safe and sustainable recreation.
If you’re tech-savvy, have experience with multi-media projects, feel comfortable with face-t0-face interactions, or if you simply have a passion for the outdoors and protecting our lands, check out the info at the link below.
COVID is Still a Risk – Stay Safe
Please continue to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local.