Temperatures will increase into the high 80s in some areas on Friday and Saturday, with thunderstorms coming in on Sunday. Check out what else you need to know for hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend, including details of a recent rescue.
Here’s the Weather Forecast
Get out there for your hike before Sunday!
- Crown Point: Fri 86° and sunny, Sat 86° and mostly cloudy, Sun 80° and scattered thunderstorms
- Indian Lake: Fri 81° and mostly sunny, Sat 81° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake George: Fri 89° and sunny, Sat 89° and mostly cloudy, Sun 86° and scattered thunderstorms
- Lake Placid: Fri 81° and mostly sunny, Sat 79° and mostly cloudy, Sun 76° and scattered thunderstorms
- Long Lake: Fri 82° and mostly sunny, Sat 81° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered thunderstorms
- Malone: Fri 86° and mostly sunny, Sat 83° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 80° and scattered thunderstorms
- North Creek: Fri 82° and mostly sunny, Sat 82° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered thunderstorms
- Old Forge: Fri 81° and mostly sunny, Sat 80° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered thunderstorms
- Saranac Lake: Fri 82° and partly cloudy, Sat 80° and mostly cloudy, Sun 77° and scattered thunderstorms
- Ticonderoga: Fri 85° and partly cloudy, Sat 86° and mostly cloudy, Sun 81° and scattered thunderstorms
- Tupper Lake: Fri 82° and partly cloudy, Sat 81° and mostly cloudy, Sun 78° and scattered thunderstorms
Check the weather again before you head out:
Trap Dike on Mount Colden Sees Increase in Rescues
We featured a recent rescue from Trap Dike in this week’s What’s New/Events Roundup, and the DEC has included some info in their weekly bulletin. The DEC has seen an increased number of rescues in Trap Dike on Mount Colden in the past decade, including one recently that required a technical rope rescue.
Trap Dike is not officially a hiking trail; it’s classified as a rock climbing route. There is some debate among recreationalists as to if it should be considered a hike or a climb, but regardless, this is a challenging and unique area. More complex techniques need to be used with rescues here compared to a typical trail rescue, and there’s an increased risk for all involved.
The DEC recommends utilizing an experienced, licensed guide to safely assist you should you be interested in taking on Trap Dike. On a more general note, always thoroughly research your hike beforehand, and make sure to stay within your own skill level and physical abilities.
Lots of Rain in the Park = High Water Warning
There is once again a High Water Warning in the Adirondacks, resulting from frequent and heavy rains. Several trails, campgrounds, and popular water recreation areas are experiencing flooding. Be cautious around areas of high water, and don’t attempt to cross fast-moving rivers or streams without a bridge.
Exercise extreme caution while paddling or swimming in moving water. Wear a properly fitted life jacket when paddling and boating, and be careful when entering and exiting the vessel.
If camping, be prepared to move if waters near you begin to rise. Do not drive through flood waters.
Expect Wet & Muddy Trails
In addition to high waters, rain also brings about wet and muddy trails. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through the mud, not around it, to help protect fragile trail edges.
Mountain bikers are encouraged to avoid riding in muddy and wet conditions, and this can significantly contribute to trail erosion and widening. If you are biking, as with hiking, stick to the middle of the trail.
Outdoor Accessibility Day at John Dillon Park
This Sunday is Outdoor Accessibility Day at John Dillon Park in Tupper Lake. There will be boat rides, fishing clinics, nature walks, campfire cooking, and more. You can find out more here and register here.
Good News for Rock Climbers
As of Tuesday, August 3, all routes on Potash Mountain are open. There are no longer any active climbing restrictions in the East/Central Adirondacks.
Campsite Notices to Know
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.
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
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.