If you’re looking to hike in the Adirondacks this weekend today might be better than tomorrow or Sunday! Get what you need to know below.
The Weather: Clouds Today, Showers Over the Weekend
- Crown Point: Fri 82° and partly cloudy, Sat 71° and showers, Sun 76° and scattered showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 74° and mostly cloudy, Sat 64° and rain, Sun 71° and scattered showers
- Lake George: Fri 85° and partly cloudy, Sat 72° and rain, Sun 75° and showers
- Lake Placid: Fri 72° and cloudy, Sat 69° and showers, Sun 73° and scattered showers
- Long Lake: Fri 73° and mostly cloudy, Sat 66° and showers, Sun 73° and scattered showers
- Malone: Fri 75° and cloudy, Sat 75° and scattered showers, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 67° and rain, Sun 73° and scattered showers
- Old Forge: Fri 73° and mostly, Sat 65° and showers, Sun 76° and scattered showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 73° and scattered showers, Sat 69° and showers, Sun 76° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 81° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and rain, Sun 74° and scattered showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 73° and rain, Sat 68° and showers, Sun 77° and mostly cloudy
Check the weather again before you head out:
Keep an Eye Out for Harmful Algal Blooms
It’s harmful algal bloom (HAB) season. Many waterbodies may have HABs that have not been reported to the DEC, so it is recommended at this time to avoid contact with floating mats, scums, and discolored water.
If you see a HAB, please report it to the DEC using the link below. If you, a family member, or a pet, has been in contact with a HAB, please rinse with clean water and report any symptoms to your local health department.
Current Trail Notices to Know
Taylor Pond Wild Forest: The Poke-O-Moonshine trail in the Taylor Pond Wild Forest will be closed today, July 16, to allow for the safe delivery of trail work materials by helicopter. Please explore other nearby hikes at this time, such as Catamount Mountain, Silver Lake Mountain, and trails in the Split Rock Mountain Forest.
Hinckley Reservoir Day Use Area: This day use area is now closed Sunday through Monday through the remainder of the season. The beach is currently closed to swimming, and use of the pavilions requires a reservation. Picnicking and paddling are available.
What the Trail Conditions are Like
Although the official mud season has passed we’ve had a lot of rain lately, and trails are likely to be muddy. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud, not around, to protect trailside vegetation. Use caution at stream crossings where water is high and fast-moving. Mountain bikers are asked to avoid riding in muddy and wet conditions.
Water Levels – High
Not surprisingly, water levels in the Adirondacks at average, above average, or high. Water temperatures are still cold in many places, and personal floatation devices are strongly recommended to be worn by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers.
The Fire Danger Report
The fire danger has gone from moderate to low in the Adirondack Park. Always be safe with campfires.
Hiker Information Stations
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 and Sunday, 6am to 11:30am
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.
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.