The weather looks a bit drier than last weekend, but are the trails still muddy? Find out, and check out more to know in the Adirondacks, including fall accessible camping coming up in Long Lake.
The Weather: A Little Cooler Than Lass Week
- Crown Point: Fri 76° and mostly sunny, Sat 76° and mostly cloudy, Sun 80° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and mostly cloudy
- Keene: Fri 78° and mostly sunny, Sat 76° and mostly cloudy, Sun 82° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 83° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and mostly cloudy, Sun 81° and mostly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 75° and mostly sunny, Sat 72° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered showers
- Long Lake: Fri 78° and mostly sunny, Sat 72° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered showers
- Malone: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 75° and cloudy, Sun 82° and scattered thunderstorms
- North Creek: Fri 79° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and mostly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 80° and mostly sunny, Sat 74° and mostly cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and mostly cloudy, Sun 79° and cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly cloudy, Sun 78° and mostly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 76° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and mostly cloudy, Sun 80° and scattered showers
Check the weather again before you head out:
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 Sunday.
- Mid’s Park, Lake Placid: Friday, 1pm to 7pm
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87: Saturday, 6am to 11:30am
On Twitter? Follow This DEC Account
Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts can follow @NYSDECAlerts on Twitter for real-time updates to help you better prepare for your outing. This account provides updates for DEC-managed lands throughout the state, including the Adirondacks.
Check the Current Fire Danger
Most of the Adirondacks fire danger rating is currently low, although some parts are moderate. Continue to be safe with campfires.
When It Rains It Pours: Wet Trail Conditions
Trail systems throughout the Park continue to be impacted from varying amounts of rain due to Tropical Storm Fred. Trail conditions are likely to be muddy and water levels high. There may be thunderstorms on Sunday which could produce heavy rain, adding to poor trail conditions.
Water Conditions: High & Cold
Water levels continue to range from average to significantly above average, and temperatures are cold in many places. PDFs/life jackets are strongly recommended to be worn by all anglers, paddlers, and boaters. Do not attempt stream crossings without a bridge during periods of high, fast-moving water.
Current Notices to Know
There are no specific trail condition notices this week. Reminders from last week:
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.
Accessible Fall Camping at John Dillon Park
John Dillon Park in Long Lake launches their accessible fall camping season on August 27. The area will be open for camping Friday to Monday through the end of October, and visitors can stay for a day or overnight in one of nine accessible lean-tos. This park is built to ADA standards and offers a unique outdoor experience.
The Route 73 Pilot Shuttle System is Now Operating
The pilot Route 73 Hiker Shuttle began on 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
Be Prepared for Ticks (And Bears)
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.
If you’re camping, bear canisters are required in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness through November 30, and are highly recommended elsewhere in the Park. Please don’t camp at trailheads.