If you’re planning a Fourth of July hike over the long weekend you’ll want to keep a close eye on the weather. Have a happy Independence Day in the ADK!
It’s Going to be a Wet Weekend in the Adirondacks
If you have Monday off, that might be the preferred day for hiking. Here’s the weather report:
- Crown Point: Fri 64° and rain, Sat 66° and showers, Sun 71° and scattered showers, Mon 81° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 62° and rain, Sat 62° and rain, Sun 67° and showers, Mon 77° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 57° and rain, Sat 65° and showers, Sun 73° and showers, Mon 83° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 61° and rain, Sat 61° and rain, Sun 66° and showers, Mon 76° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 62° and rain, Sat 61° and rain, Sun 66° and showers, Mon 77° and partly cloudy
- Malone: Fri 64° and scattered showers, Sat 66° and showers, Sun 72° and partly cloudy, Mon 72° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 62° and rain, Sat 61° and rain, Sun 67° and showers, Mon 78° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 65° and thunderstorm, Sat 63° and rain, Sun 70° and mostly cloudy, Mon 78° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 62° and rain, Sat 62° and rain, Sun 68° and scattered showers, Mon 78° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 63° and rain, Sat 64° and showers, Sun 70° and scattered showers, Mon 80° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 64° and showers, Sat 62° and rain, Sun 69° and mostly cloudy, Mon 78° and partly cloudy
Check the weather again before you head out:
Hiker Information Stations This Weekend
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, 6am to 11:30am
Please note, hiker information stations will be closed on Sunday, July 4, for the holiday. Friday and Saturday and normal hours.
New Trail Notices to Check Out
Trail Closure on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain: The Ranger Trail, Observer’s Trail, and summit of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain will be closed July 6 and 7 to allow for the safe aerial delivery of materials for an ongoing trail maintenance project.
Moose River Plains Complex: Rock Dam Road and Indian Lake Road are now open. Otter Brook Road remains closed at Falls Pond Outlet.
Reminders on Other Current Trail Notices
Pharaoh Lake Wilderness: A bridge on the Pharaoh Lake Trail from the Pharaoh Lake Road trailhead was damaged by a fallen tree. The railing was damaged, but the bridge remains in usable condition. Please use caution.
High Peaks Wilderness: Visitor parking at the Upper Works trailhead transitioned to a new lot on 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 is no longer permitted.
Giant Mountain Wilderness: The trailhead sign for the Baxter Mountain trailhead on Route 9N in Keene has been stolen. DEC is working to replace the sign.
Warning: Reports of Aggressive Raccoon
The DEC is investigating a raccoon issue in the Upper St. Regis Lake area. Unusual activity and aggressive behavior has been reported. The affected area includes Ward Island along the west shoreline of Upper Saint Regis Lake to Bog Pond. Campers, paddlers, and other visitors are encouraged to avoid this area at this time.
Water Levels & Conditions
Water levels have gone from low to average to back to slightly below average for this time of year. Water temperatures are still cold in many places, and lifejackets (PFDs) are strongly recommended. Please don’t attempt stream crossings during periods of high, fast-moving water.
The Fire Danger Report
The fire danger continues to be moderate in the Adirondack Park. Always 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.
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.