Find out where the hiker information stations will be this weekend, what the weather report is, and everything else to guide you into a fun hike in the ADK.
Here’s the Current Weather Report
- Crown Point: Fri 82° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and scattered showers, Sun 91° and mostly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 77° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and showers, Sun 84° and mostly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 85° and partly cloudy, Sat 83° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 94° and mostly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and showers, Sun 85° and cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 78° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and showers, Sun 85° and mostly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 84° and mostly cloudy, Sat 77° and showers, Sun 87° and cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 77° and showers, Sun 87° and mostly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 77° and mostly cloudy, Sat 73° and showers, Sun 84° and cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and showers, Sun 84° and cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 81° and partly cloudy, Sat 79° and isolated thunderstorms, Sun 90° and mostly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 80° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and showers, Sun 85° and cloudy
Remember that weather forecasts can change frequently and that storms can pop up even if they’re not forecasted. Check the weather again before you head out:
Safety Reminder: Research & Plan Your Route, Practice Navigation
Last week we highlighted the importance of safety when hiking with your dog (which is also valid this week – it’s going to be hot on Sunday!). This week, we’re reminding hikers of the importance of planning ahead.
Research a variety of hikes and pick one that is suitable for both you and everyone who’s in your party – dig into if this is a beginner-friendly hike, a moderate hike, a difficult hike, etc. Estimate how long the hike will take and plot out a realistic timeline.
Use reliable sources to research the route. Double check this route on a map, and ideally you should bring a paper map with you. Take note of significant landmarks and trail intersections. Leave this route with a friend or relative.
Research the trailhead parking. (Remember, there is a pilot reservation system in place at the AMR).
Have more than one backup plan, as trailheads get busy, and parking spaces become filled. You can always hike another day.
Hiker Information Stations This Weekend & Looking Ahead
DEC’s Adirondack Hiker Information Stations are operating every weekend from now through Columbus Day. Hikers are encouraged to stop by! The hours and locations are as such:
- Mid’s Park, Lake Placid: Friday, 1pm to 7pm
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87: Saturday & Sunday, 6am to 11:30am
Please note: This Saturday, the 26th, the Hiker Information Station at the High Peaks Rest Area will be available until 10am. Stations will operate their normal hours on Friday and Sunday. The station will also be closed next Sunday, July 4th, for the holiday.
New Trail Notices to Check Out
High Peaks Wilderness – Visitor parking at the Upper Works: The trailhead transitioned to a new lot on Friday the 18th. 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 is no longer permitted.
The Fire Danger Report
The fire danger continues to be moderate in the Adirondack Park. Continue to be safe with campfires.
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 now average (were recently low). The water temperature is still extremely 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.
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.