Saturday looks like the best day for hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend. Keep reading for recent notices from the DEC and more to know!
What to Know for the Weather
- Crown Point: Fri 69° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 71° and scattered thunderstorms
- Indian Lake: Fri 60° and scattered showers, Sat 66° and partly cloudy, Sun 67° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake George: Fri 73° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 75° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake Placid: Fri 59° and scattered showers, Sat 65° and partly cloudy, Sun 63° and scattered thunderstorms
- Long Lake: Fri 59° and showers, Sat 66° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and scattered thunderstorms
- Malone: Fri 62° and rain, Sat 69° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and showers
- North Creek: Fri 63° and partly cloudy, Sat 68° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and scattered thunderstorms
- Old Forge: Fri 61° and showers, Sat 66° and partly cloudy, Sun 65° and scattered thunderstorms
- Saranac Lake: Fri 58° and rain, Sat 66° and partly cloudy, Sun 64° and scattered thunderstorms
- Ticonderoga: Fri 68° and scattered showers, Sat 72° and partly cloudy, Sun 71° and scattered thunderstorms
- Tupper Lake: Fri 60° and scattered showers, Sat 66° and partly cloudy, Sun 64° and scattered thunderstorms
Check the weather again before you head out:
DEC Moves to a Single Number for Dispatch
If you need a Forest Ranger for a search and rescue, or to report a wildfire, you should now call 833.NYS.RANGERS; if you’re in need of urgent assistance you should still call 911.
Port Henry Boat Launch to Close July 30
DEC will conduct maintenance at the Port Henry boat launch today, July 30. The boat launch will be closed all day. They are fixing a deep pit that has formed at the end of the boat launch ramp, called a power loading hole.
Trails are Still Wet & Muddy, Waters are High
Following frequent and heavy rains, rails are likely to be muddy. Wear waterproof boots and walk through mud, not around it, to help protect fragile trail edges. Use caution at stream crossing where water is high and fast-moving. There is still a High Water Warning in effect, and you may come across some flooding.
Road Notices to Be Aware Of
Essex County: A portion of State Route 73 in the Town of Keene, Essex County, is reduced to a single lane with alternating flows of traffic controlled by flaggers on weekdays between the hours of 6am and 5pm. This is to facilitate a paving project. The lane reduction starts about two miles north of the intersection with Route 9 and continues 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.
The Fire Danger Report
Fire danger continues to be 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
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.