The rain will not let up in the ADK! Be prepared for wet trails, get info on the hiker shuttle program that starts tomorrow, and more below.
The Weather: Clouds, Storms & Showers
- Crown Point: Fri 85° and partly cloudy, Sat 86° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 82° and scattered showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 81° and mostly cloudy, Sat 80° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 79° and showers
- Keene: Fri 85° and mostly cloudy, Sat 86° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and showers
- Lake George: Fri 86° and mostly cloudy, Sat 87° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 83° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake Placid: Fri 80° and mostly cloudy, Sat 83° and isolated thunderstorms, Sun 80° and showers
- Long Lake: Fri 81° and mostly cloudy, Sat 81° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 80° and showers
- Malone: Fri 86° and partly cloudy, Sat 88° and partly cloudy, Sun 82° and showers
- North Creek: Fri 82° and mostly cloudy, Sat 82° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 79° and showers
- Old Forge: Fri 80° and mostly cloudy, Sat 80° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 81° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 81° and mostly cloudy, Sat 84° and isolated thunderstorms, Sun 81° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 84° and partly cloudy, Sat 86° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun81° and scattered showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 81° and mostly cloudy, Sat 83° and isolated thunderstorms, Sun 81° and showers
Check the weather again before you head out:
High Water & Muddy Trails
Trail systems throughout the Adirondacks have received varying amounts of rain from Tropical Storm Fred. Trails will be muddy and water will be high. Weekend thunderstorms could bring in heavy rain, contributing to poor trail conditions.
Wear waterproof hiking boots, consider bringing gaiters, and continue to walk in the middle of the trail, not around the mud. If water levels are too high, do not attempt a crossing.
Mountain bikers are encouraged to avoid riding in muddy and wet conditions, as this can significantly contribute to trail erosion and widening. If you are biking, as with hiking, stick to the middle of the trail.
Water Conditions: High, Still Cold
Water levels in the Park right now range from significantly above average to high. Water temperature is still cold in many places. Lifejackets/PDFs are strongly recommended to be worn by all anglers, boaters, and paddlers.
New Trail, Road Notices to Know
The southern end of the Brown Tract Trail that provides access to Middle Settlement Lake and the western Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness will be closed for forest management starting on August 30. The closure is expected to last one week.
13th Lake Road in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness is closed below the turnoff for Barton Mines. Recreation areas reached from 13th Lake Road can still be accessed from Harvey Road. This closure is predicted to last until mid-September.
Hiker Information Stations
DEC’s Adirondack Hiker Information Stations are operating every weekend from now through Columbus Day. Note, this weekend the High Peaks Rest Area Station is closed on Saturday.
- Mid’s Park, Lake Placid: Friday, 1pm to 7pm
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87: Sunday, 6am to 11:30am
A Note on Trap Dike on Mount Colden
The DEC has seen an increased number of rescues recently, including on Trap Dike; Trap Dike rescues in particular have increased significantly over the past decade or more. This is not an official trail; it’s classified as a rock climbing route.
Please avoid if you do not have rock climbing experience (or go with an experienced guide). Falls can be life-threatening, and rescues in this particular spot are complex and difficult. There are other trails that lead to the summit of Mount Colden that still provide a challenging and enjoyable experience for hikers.
Reminder: Route 73 Pilot Shuttle System Starts Tomorrow
The pilot Route 73 Hiker Shuttle will begin tomorrow, August 21. This is a free shuttle that will operate from 7am to 7pm on weekends and holidays through Monday, October 11. Users can park at Marcy Field and ride to the Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain/Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads. Parking is still available at the trailheads themselves.
All riders will be required to wear a mask. Stewards will be stationed at all drop off and pick-up locations to assist with navigating the shuttle system and educating hikers on responsible recreation, including preparedness, hiking safety, and Leave No Trace principles. Pets are not permitted.
You can find more info at the following links:
- 2021 Route 73 Hiker Shuttle Map
- 2021 Route 73 Hiker Shuttle Schedule
- 2021 Route 73 Hiker Shuttle FAQ
For the Campers
The campsite at Saranac River PUA in Sable Highlands and the two campsites on Mullins Road are closed for rehabilitation through August 13. Campsites 1 and 2 at the Barnes Pond PUA are open.
Reminder that there’s no overnight camping at trailheads.
Bear canisters are required by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30; they are highly recommended throughout the park.
Beware of the Ticks
Ticks are still out. 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.
Reminder About the AMR Pilot Reservation System
A no-cost pilot reservation system is now in effect at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). It doesn’t apply to other areas of the park. Free reservations are required from May 1 through October 31 for parking, daily access, and overnight access to trails through the AMR gate and Noonmark and Round Mountain trailheads accessed through the AMR property.