In addition to muddy trails there are some road closures and notices to be aware of in the Adirondack Park this weekend. Get your hiking, weather, and related info below!
View the Current the Weather Forecast
- Crown Point: Fri 73° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 81° and mostly sunny, Sun 80° and showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 70° and isolated thunderstorms, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 75° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake George: Fri 78° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 83° and mostly sunny, Sun 82° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake Placid: Fri 69° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 74° and scattered thunderstorms
- Long Lake: Fri 70° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 76° and showers
- Malone: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and mostly sunny, Sun 79° and scattered thunderstorms
- North Creek: Fri 72° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 77° and mostly sunny, Sun 78° and scattered thunderstorms
- Old Forge: Fri 71° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 75° and thunderstorm
- Saranac Lake: Fri 71° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 78° and mostly sunny, Sun 76° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 73° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 81° and mostly sunny, Sun 78° and showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 71° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and mostly sunny, Sun 76° and showers
Check the weather again before you head out:
There’s a High Water Warning
Frequent and heavy rains have swollen waterways throughout the region and many trails, campgrounds, and other water-based recreation areas are experiencing flooding.
Be cautious around areas of high water. Don’t attempt to cross high, fast-moving streams or rivers without a bridge. Exercise extreme caution when paddling or swimming in moving water. Wear a properly fitted personal flotation device/life jacket when paddling and boating, and be careful when entering and exiting the vessel. If you’re camping near water, be prepared to move if waters begin to rise. Do not drive through flood waters.
Trail Conditions: Wear Waterproof Shoes, Avoid Biking
Not surprisingly, trails are likely to be muddy after recent rains. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud, not around it, to help protect fragile trail edges. Gaiters help keep feet dry and trekking poles provide added stability. Use caution at stream crossings where water is high and fast-moving.
Mountain bikers are encouraged to avoid riding in muddy and wet conditions, as this can contribute to trail erosion and widening. As with hiking, if you do opt to bike, ride through the center of the trail to avoid impacting trailside soils and plants.
Ironman is This Weekend, There Will be Traffic Delays
The Lake Placid Ironman takes place on Sunday, July 25. There will be road closures and restrictions you can read about in this week’s What’s New/Events Roundup. Be aware that there will be delays in Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, and Wilmington area.
More Road Notices to Be Aware Of
Essex County: The NYS DOT has advised that a portion of State Route 73 in the Town of Keene, Essex County, will be reduced to a single lane with alternating flows of traffic controlled by flaggers on weekdays between the hours of 6am and 5pm, beginning Tuesday, July 27, to facilitate a paving project. The lane reduction will start about two miles north of the intersection with Route 9 and continue to the northern intersection with Airport Road. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, weather permitting.
Grass River Conservation Easement: Please use caution when driving on the Pleasant Lake Access Road, as logging trucks are active in this area.
Wilcox Dock & Boat Launch to Temporarily Close Soon
The DEC will be conducting maintenance at the Wilcox Dock and Boat Launch in Plattsburgh next week, and the boat launch will be closed from July 26 to 29. The DEC and City of Plattsburgh need to fix a power loading hole (a deep pit) that formed at the end of the boat launch ramp.
Power loading happens when a person forcefully drives a boat onto or off a trailer, creating significant propeller wash that erodes the lakebed. These holes aren’t always visible from the surface and can be dangerous to boaters and damage boats and trailers.
How You Can Help Prevent Power Loading Holes
Boaters should do the following to help prevent power loading holes:
- Always check the end of the ramp for holes and mounds before launching, especially in low water level conditions.
- Use slightly more than idle speed to load or unload your boat to avoid creating power loading holes.
- Use trailer winch to load and unload instead of power loading.
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
The Fire Danger Report
Fire danger continues to be low in the Adirondack Park. Always be safe with campfires.
No Overnight Camping at Trailheads
This is a reminder that 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.