Other than some scattered showers today, the weather looks good for weekend hiking in the Adirondacks! Check out a few new trail notices from the DEC and more info before you head out.
Here’s the Current Weather Report
- Crown Point: Fri 84° and scattered showers, Sat 86° and partly cloudy, Sun 86° and mostly sunny
- Indian Lake: Fri 76° and scattered showers, Sat 77° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly sunny
- Lake George: Fri 83° and cloudy, Sat 86° and partly cloudy, Sun 87° and mostly sunny
- Lake Placid: Fri 76° and scattered showers, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly sunny
- Long Lake: Fri 76° and scattered showers, Sat 77° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly sunny
- Malone: Fri 78° and scattered showers, Sat 76° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 80° and mostly sunny
- North Creek: Fri 77° and scattered showers, Sat 79° and partly cloudy, Sun 80° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 74° and showers, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 75° and scattered showers, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly sunny
- Ticonderoga: Fri 81° and scattered showers, Sat 84° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and mostly sunny
- Tupper Lake: Fri 75° and scattered showers, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and partly cloudy
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:
A Reminder About Hot Weather & Hiking With Dogs
Please be safe when bringing your furry friend with you on hikes, particularly in the hot weather. The DEC recommends avoiding long or strenuous hikes with your dog during particularly hot weather. In addition to the air temperature, heat can be reflected off exposed peaks or rocky trails; dogs regulate heat in part through their paws, and hot paws can lead to higher body temperatures.
Make sure you choose dog-friendly trails, pack plenty of extra water, and allow them to rest often.
New Trail Notices to Check Out
High Peaks Wilderness: Visitor parking at the Upper Works trailhead will transition to a new lot starting Friday, June 18. The new lot is adjacent to MacNaughton cottage approximately one-tenth of a mile before the old lot on Upper Works Road. The lot is located on land owned by the Open Space Institute. Parking at the old lot will no longer be permitted.
Pigeon Lake Wilderness: The bridge across Constable Creek on the Constable Pond-West Mountain Trail has been removed due to its deteriorating condition. All users should be prepared to ford the creek until a replacement bridge can be installed.
Town of Keene Valley: NYSDOT will be conducting road work in the Town of Keene between Tuesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 24. No on street parking will be permitted between Market Street and Alan Washbond Drive during that time. This does not affect DEC trailhead parking.
And a reminder from last week, the trailhead sign for Baxter Mountain in the Giant Mountain Wilderness on Route 9N in Keene has been stolen; it will be replaced at some point.
Changes With the AMR Pilot Reservation System
Based on hiker feedback, the AMR has implemented a number of changes with their reservation system, including an electronic gate that allows hikers who get back to the parking lot after the gate is closed to still be able to exit with no problem. You can read about that and the other specifics in this week’s What’s New/Events Roundup.
The Fire Danger Report
Fire danger is now moderate in the Adirondack Park. Continue to be safe with campfires.
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.
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.
No Overnight Camping 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.
Water Conditions: Average & Still Cold
Water levels are average to below average 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.