The first traces of color change on the leaves are starting to appear! Here’s everything to know for hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend, including the foliage report and a couple new trail notices.
The Foliage Watch Has Begun!
I Love NY’s Fall Foliage report was updated for the first time this season on Wednesday. Here’s what the leaf-peeping experts have to say about the color change expected this weekend:
- Au Sable Forks, Jay, and Wilmington: up to 10% color change with some red and yellow
- Lake Placid: around 10% color change with shades of yellow and orange
- Malone and Saranac Lake: about 5% color change
- Newcomb: up to 10% color change with subdued shades of red and yellow
- Tupper Lake: up to 10% color change with subtle traces of goldenrod, copper, and rhubarb
- Whiteface Mountain Ski Area: about 5% color change
This is exciting! Check out the full report: https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/foliage-report/
The Weather: Good Friday & Saturday, Some Showers Sunday
- Crown Point: Fri 69° and partly cloudy, Sat 76° and partly cloudy, Sun 79° and mostly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 62° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 70° and scattered showers
- Keene: Fri 64° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 73° and showers
- Lake George: Fri 72° and partly cloudy, Sat 78° and partly cloudy, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 61° and partly cloudy, Sat 69° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and showers
- Long Lake: Fri 62° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and scattered showers
- North Creek: Fri 64° and partly cloudy, Sat 71° and partly cloudy, Sun 72° and mostly sunny
- Old Forge: Fri 63° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and scattered thunderstorms
- Saranac Lake: Fri 62° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 69° and partly cloudy, Sat 75° and partly cloudy, Sun 77° mostly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 62° and partly cloudy, Sat 69° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and showers
Check the weather again before you head out:
Stop By a Hiker Information Station
The DEC’s Adirondack Hiker Information Stations are operating every weekend from now through Columbus Day. Visit them for details about parking, alternative hiking locations, local land use rules and regulations, safety, and more.
Here are the hours for this weekend:
- Mid’s Park, Lake Placid: Friday, 1pm to 7pm
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87: Sunday, 6am to 11:30am
New Trail Notices to Know This Week
The upper locks on the Saranac River (between Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes) in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest are now self-operated for the fall. The lower locks (between Second Pond and Oseetah Lake) will be manned with a lock tender from 10am to 6pm daily. Locks can be manually operated in the off hours.
A section of the Gooley Club Road in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness in Indian Lake is closed to allow for safe removal of the old Gooley Club House. The road is scheduled to reopen by the end of September. The closure begins after the rafting put-in, allowing whitewater rafting to continue on this popular stretch of the Indian River.
Reminder that some parts of the North Lake Conservation Easement are now closed until early winter, to allow property owners to conduct forest management activities.
For next week: Jessup River Road in the Perkins Clearing Easement will be closed from September 15 to 19; consequently, the Spruce Lake Trailhead will be inaccessible. This will affect hikers planning to hike the Northville-Placid Trail.
Expect Wet & Muddy Trail Conditions to Continue
We’ve continued to have rain and storms in the Park, and trails are still wet and muddy. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud, not around it, to protect trailside vegetation and to avoid widening trails. Gaiters and trekking poles are also recommended.
Mountain bikers should avoid riding in muddy or wet conditions. As with hiking, if you do ride, please do so in the center of the trail.
Water Conditions May Still Be High
Water levels throughout the Adirondacks range from average to significantly above average. Personal flotation devices/life jackets are highly recommended to be worn by all anglers, paddlers, and boaters. However, last week the water was reported as cold, and there is no mention of temperature in the DEC’s report this week, so it’s possible the water temperatures aren’t freezing. Continue to be safe in or near water.
Check the Current Fire Danger
Fire danger is current low in the Adirondack Park. Continue to be safe with campfires.
The Pilot Route 73 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.
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.