Who’s hiking over the long weekend? See the weather report, several new trail notices, and more info to know below.
The Weekend Weather Report (We’ve Included Monday)
- Crown Point: Fri 52° and scattered showers, Sat 62° and partly cloudy, Sun 59° and cloudy, Mon 70° and scattered showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 51° and scattered showers, Sat 56° and partly cloudy, Sun 54° and scattered showers, Mon 64° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 56° and scattered showers, Sat 59° and scattered showers, Sun 59° and scattered showers, Mon 73° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 50° and rain and snow, Sat 56° and partly cloudy, Sun 56° and scattered showers, Mon 65° and mostly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 51° and mostly cloudy, Sat 58° and partly cloudy, Sun 57° and scattered showers, Mon 65° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 54° and mostly cloudy, Sat 62° and partly cloudy, Sun 61° and mostly cloudy, Mon 69° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 52° and scattered showers, Sat 56° and partly cloudy, Sun 54° and scattered showers, Mon 67° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 49° and rain, Sat 59° and partly cloudy, Sun 57° and scattered showers, 65° and mostly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 52° and scattered showers, Sat 58° and partly cloudy, Sun 657° and scattered showers, Mon 66° and mostly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 53° and scattered showers, Sat 61° and mostly cloudy, Sun 58° and scattered showers, 70° and scattered showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 52° and scattered showers, Sat 59° and partly cloudy, Sun 58° and scattered showers, Mon 66° and mostly cloudy
Check the weather again for your destination before you head out:
For Emergency Situations
Report backcountry emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers or wildland fires, to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518.891.0235.
Love Our Lands & Hiker Information Stations
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos acknowledged in a recent statement that the Adirondack Park (and Catskill as well) has seen a significant increase in visitors over the past decade. “This is a welcome challenge, but one we must address through a variety of strategic and creative means,” he said.
The campaign includes in-person education at trailheads, expanded stewardship programs, educational Facebook Live sessions about sustainable recreation, events, and more.
This weekend, Hiker Information Stations will be set up at Mid’s Park in Lake Placid today, Friday the 28th, from 1pm to 7pm, and at the High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87 on both Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 11:30am.
Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway Opens This Weekend, Sans Shuttle
Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway opens Saturday the 29th. There is no shuttle at this time. The good news is that the DEC is waiving admission fees until the shuttle becomes available (normally $10 per car). So enjoy!
The Fire Danger Report
Fire danger is currently moderate in the Adirondack Park.
Trails are Still Muddy, Stick to Low Elevations
Yes, the Muddy Trails Advisory is still in effect. Please stick to trails under 2,500 feet elevation until the high elevation trails have dried and hardened. Snow and ice continue to melt at high elevations, and thin soils are vulnerable to erosion.
Water Levels: Low & Cold
Water levels are below average or low for this time of year. The water temperature is still cold in many places, and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs/lifejackets) are strongly recommended to be worn by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers. Where bridges aren’t available, don’t attempt crossing a stream during a period of high, fast-moving water.
As the weather warms up more folks are getting ready to paddle. Please wear a PFD whether you’re kayaking, paddleboarding, or standup paddlboarding. Hypothermia can occur almost instantly when you’re immersed in cold waters.
Beware of the Ticks
Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors. Bring insect repellent. Staying on clear, well-traveled trails also helps; avoid bushy, dense areas.
Bring a Bear Canister When Camping
Bear-resistant canisters are required by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. They’re highly encouraged throughout the rest of the Park. Use these to store all food, food garbage, toiletries, and other items with a scent. Store them at least 100 feet away from tents, lean-tos, and cooking sites, and keep closed whenever they are not being accessed.
For the Rock Climbers Out There
Certain rock climbing routes are still closed in the ADK to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Climbing routes that will not disturb nests will be reopened after info has been determined. Routes that remain closed will reopen after the young have fledged.
Reminder About the Reservation System at the AMR
The no-cost pilot reservation system is currently in effect at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). It doesn’t apply to other areas of the park. But here, you need to acquire a reservation for parking, daily access, and overnight access to trails through the AMR gate and the Noonmark and Round Mountain trailheads accessed through the AMR property.
New Specific Trail Notices to Note
Saranac Lake Wild Forest: A beaver dam is partially obstructing Spider’s Creek passage under Route 30 bet ween Follensby Clear Pond and Upper Saranac Lake.
Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area: The Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area, located in Herkimer County, will open for public recreation beginning Saturday. The area will be closed to swimming, although the beach remains open to visitors. Recreation opportunities at Hinckley include picnicking, paddling, and use of the beach. Swimming isn’t allowed because lifeguards aren’t available at this time.
Shelving Rock Area in Lake George Wild Forest: Three bridges on the Shortway Trail are out and are unsafe for equestrian use. If horseback riding here, use the Old Farm Road to access the trail network.
Moose River Plains Complex:
The entrance to the gates to the Moose River Plains Camping Area has reopened for the season, following closure for the spring mud season. Road shoulders may still be soft in areas.
Rock Dam Road will remain closed until further notice because of soft road conditions.
The Indian Lake Road will remain closed at the Otter Brook Bridge until further notice.
Raquette Boreal Complex: Gates have re-opened following mud season. (This area includes Raquette River Wild Forest, Raquette Jordan Boreal Primitive Area, and nearby conservation easement tracts.)
Ferris Lake Wild Forest: Powley Road is completely Open. All storm damage and washouts have been repaired and the road is open and passable the entire length of the road.
Pine Lake Primitive Area: Chain of Lakes Road South in the town of Indian Lake is open to the Hudson River.
Township 19 Easement: O’Neil Flow Road in the town of Indian Lake is open for the season.