Looking forward to the long weekend? Labor Day weekend is a great time to go hiking in the Adirondacks, but it’s important to plan ahead. Check out the latest weather updates for the region, read about this week’s trail conditions, and enjoy your trip.
The Weather: Mostly Cloudy with a Chance of Rain Later in the Weekend
- Crown Point: Fri 70° and mostly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and cloudy, Mon 75° and showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 64° and cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and few showers, Mon 66° and showers
- Keene: Fri 65° and cloudy, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and PM showers, Mon 69° and showers
- Lake George: Fri 69° and mostly cloudy, Sat 75° and mostly sunny, Sun 71° and PM showers, Mon 72° and showers
- Lake Placid: Fri 62° and cloudy, Sat 69° and partly cloudy, Sun 67° and cloudy, Mon 65° and showers
- Long Lake: Fri 58° and cloudy, Sat 64° and partly cloudy, Sun 63° and showers, Mon 60° and showers
- North Creek: Fri 67° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and mostly sunny, Sun 70° and showers, Mon 70° and AM showers
- Old Forge: Fri 63° and cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 67° and showers, Mon 65° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 63° and cloudy, Sat 70° and partly cloudy, Sun 68° and AM showers, Mon 65° and showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 69° and mostly cloudy, Sat 76° and mostly sunny, Sun 72° and PM showers, Mon 75° and showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 64° and cloudy, Sat 69° and partly cloudy, Sun 69° and showers, Mon 65° and showers
Check the weather again before you head out:
Visit 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.
- Mid’s Park, Lake Placid: Friday, 1pm to 7pm
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound Route 87: Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 11:30am
Recommended Hikes for Labor Day Weekend
Planning an Adirondack hike this weekend? In a recent bulletin, the DEC highlighted a variety of great day hikes, including:
- Northern Adirondacks: Jenkins Mountain – 9 miles RT
- Northeastern Adirondacks: Silver Lake Mountain – 1.8 miles RT
- Northwestern Adirondacks: Tooley Pond Mountain Trail – 1.7-mile loop
- High Peaks Region: Little Crow Mountain – 1.8 miles RT
- Western Adirondacks: Goodman Mountain – 3.4 miles RT
- West Central Adirondacks: Mud Pond Mountain – 5.7 miles RT
- East Central Adirondacks: Mt. Severance – 2.4 miles RT
- Eastern Adirondacks: Belfry Mountain – 0.6 miles RT
- Southwestern Adirondacks: Stillwater Mountain – 2.4 miles RT
- Southern Adirondacks: Spruce Mountain Trail – 2.8 miles RT
Current Notices to Know
The current hiking notices to know about include:
Perkins Clearing Easement Tract: From September 15 – 19, Jessup River Road will be closed at Big Brook. As a result, the Spruce Lake Trailhead will be inaccessible. This will affect hikers planning to hike the Northville-Placid Trail.
North Lake Conservation Easement: Beginning September 7, some parts of the North Lake Conservation Easement will be temporarily closed until early winter. This will allow the property owners to conduct forest management activities. Learn more: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/106197.html
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
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
Fire danger is low in the Adirondack Park and Champlain Region. Continue to be safe with campfires.
Be Aware of Wet and Muddy Trails
Trails are likely to be muddy following rain and storms in the Adirondacks. Make sure you wear waterproof shoes or hiking boots and walk through the mud (not around it) to help protect fragile trail edges. Gaiters can also keep your feet dry, and trekking poles can be useful as well by providing added stability.
Water Conditions: High & Cold
Water levels continue to range from average to significantly above average, and temperatures are cold in many places. PFDs/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.
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.