The first day of summer is still one month away, but it’s beginning to heat up in the Adirondacks as temperatures reached the high 80s this week. The warm weather continues this weekend, but some rain showers are expected in parts of the region. Plan ahead for your trip by checking out the latest hiking conditions below.
See the ADK Weather Forecast for This Weekend
- Crown Point: Sat 83° and cloudy, Sun 82° and mostly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Sat 77° and cloudy, Sun 74° and PM showers
- Lake George: Sat 85° and cloudy, Sun 83° and mostly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Sat 75° and cloudy, Sun 70° and showers
- Long Lake: Sat 76° and cloudy, Sun 72° and showers
- Malone: Sat 77° and cloudy, Sun 70° and showers
- North Creek: Sat 81° and cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly cloudy
- Old Forge: Sat 77° and cloudy, Sun 71° and PM showers
- Saranac Lake: Sat 76° and cloudy, Sun 70° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Sat 84° and cloudy, Sun 82° and PM showers
- Tupper Lake: Sat 76° and cloudy, Sun 70° and showers
Based on the current forecast, Saturday is your best bet for hiking this weekend in the Adirondacks. However,
As always, it’s important to check the most updated forecast before heading out on your trip, as conditions may change.
Muddy Trails Advisory Is Still in Effect
The Adirondack Park is still under a muddy trails advisory, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking us to stick to lower elevation hikes until high elevation trails have dried and hardened – that means 2,500 feet and under. Thin soils are susceptible to erosion and sensitive alpine vegetation can be easily damaged, so stay on the trails and walk through the mud if you encounter any.
Recent Trail Notices to Be Aware of
- Terry Mountain State Forest: The Redd Gate is now open.
- Lake George Wild Forest: Both Jabe Pond in Hague and Lily Pond in Horicon are now open.
- William C. Whitney Wilderness: The road to Lake Lila is now open.
- Speculator Tree Farm: Elm Lake Road, Long Level Road, and the second half of Fly Creek Road are open.
- Perkins Clearing Tract: Perkins Clearing and Jessup River Road are open. Old Military Road is not open yet.
Camping Seasons Kicks Off in the Adirondacks
Outdoor enthusiasts should take note that as of today, May 21, the DEC’s 56 campgrounds and day use areas are now open to the public. In advance of the 2021 camping season, the DEC completed improvement projects at several of their camping facilities, including the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area.
Take Precautions for Ticks & Bears
Ticks are out! Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and your shirt into pants. Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors. Bring insect repellent with you. Stay on the trails and walk in the center; avoid dense, bushy areas.
Bear canisters are required by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness through November 30 and are recommended everywhere in the Park. Use your bear canister to store all food, food garbage, toiletries, and other items with a scent. Store the canister at least 100 feet away from the tent or lean-to and the cooking sites, and keep closed when it’s not being accessed.
Adirondack Water Levels Are Low
Water levels throughout the Adirondacks are below average or low for this time of year, and the water is still cold in many areas. PFDs (personal flotation devices) are highly recommended by the DEC to be worn by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers.
In addition, use caution at crossings or on trails along fast-flowing brooks and rivers. When there isn’t a bridge, don’t attempt to cross if the water is flowing high and fast. (In general, always be prepared to turn back around if you need to, whether it’s an impassable stream, weather conditions, darkness approaching, etc.).
The Current Fire Danger Report
The current fire danger is moderate. Keep an eye on the fire danger map and stay safe with campfires.
An Update on Seasonal Access Roads
The DEC reports that many seasonal access roads have reopened following closures for the spring mud season. They ask that you check the area you plan to visit for specific updates before your trip.
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.
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.