A trailhead sign has been stolen, the DEC needs your help identifying infested trees, and there’s more info to brush up on before heading out hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend.
Check the Weather, Keep Heat Exhaustion at Bay
- Crown Point: Fri 70° and showers, Sat 78° and partly cloudy, Sun 80° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 69° and showers, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 71° and cloudy, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 68° and showers, Sat 75° and partly cloudy, Sun 76° and mostly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 69° and showers, Sat 75° and partly cloudy, Sun 76° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 73° and scattered showers, Sat 78° and mostly sunny, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 69° and scattered showers, Sat 75° and partly cloudy, Sun 77° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 70° and showers, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 76° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 69° and scattered showers, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 77° and mostly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 69° and scattered showers, Sat 78° and mostly sunny, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 70° and scattered showers, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 77° and partly cloudy
Other than some rain today the weekend looks good for hiking. Although temperatures have cooled down significantly since last week, the DEC is reminding us to keep playing it safe when it comes heat exhaustion. Know the signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it.
Heat exhaustion or heat stroke can occur when the outside temperature overwhelms your body’s ability to cool itself fast enough. Some signs of heat exhaustion include dizziness, excessive sweating, nausea, and weakness.
You can work to prevent these symptoms by wearing sunscreen, drinking plenty of water, slowing your pace and resting more often, seeking shade to avoid prolonged sun exposure, and avoid going hiking during extremely hot weather if you can.
Remember that weather forecasts can change frequently and that storms can pop up even if they’re not forecasted. Check the weather again for your destination before you head out:
Do Not Camp Overnight at Trailheads
The DEC has received an increase in reports of people camping at trailheads. Overnight camping is not permitted at any trailhead or roadside location where a camping disc is not present. This includes car camping (or vans, or campers).
Campers should seek out designated roadside campsites marked with a “camp here” disc or at campgrounds.
Outdoors Day Events in the Adirondacks
Outdoors Day events will take place throughout the state on Saturday in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day. There are two happening in the Adirondacks at the Boquet River Nature Preserve in Willsboro and at Willie Wildlife Marsh in Gloversville.
A Trail Sign Has Been Stolen
The trailhead sign for the Baxter Mountain trailhead on Route 9N in Keene has been stolen. The DEC is working to replace it.
Please Report Dead or Dying Eastern Larch Trees to the DEC
The DEC has been receiving reports of dead and quickly-dying eastern larch/tamarack trees in the Adirondacks. These trees are infested with the eastern larch beetle. Please take a moment to review info on the eastern larch beetle and tamarack trees and keep an eye out while you’re hiking.
Should you see infected trees please take photos and send them along with location information to the DEC at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help them determine how big this outbreak is and what further action may need to be taken.
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.
Hiker Information Stations
The Hiker Information Stations will be set up at Mid’s Park in Lake Placid today (Friday), 1pm to 7pm, and at the High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87 on both Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 11:30am.
Stop by to get parking information, alternative hiking locations, and of course all the info you could need regarding safety, preparedness, Leave No Trace, and more.
The Fire Danger Report
Fire danger is currently low in the central Adirondacks and moderate elsewhere. Continue to be safe with campfires.
Trails are Still Muddy, Stick to Low Elevations
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 Conditions: 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.