2 New Hiker Shuttles Announced, a Trail Bridge Out & More to Know for ADK Hiking
Hiking Conditions for August 5 - 7, 2022
The DEC Adirondack Hiker Information Stations are now operating every weekend through Columbus Day. Stop by ahead of your weekend hiking trip to check out info on parking, alternative hiking locations, rules/regulations, and more.
This page was updated on 08/05/22
The Weather Report
Here are forecasts in the ADK at a glance:
- Crown Point: Fri 83° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 91° and partly cloudy, Sun 92° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 79° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 84° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
- Keene: Fri 81° and thunderstorm, Sat 87° and partly cloudy, Sun 87° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 87° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 93° and partly cloudy, Sun 94° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 78° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 82° and partly cloudy, Sun 82° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 79° and isolated thunderstorms, Sat 83° and scattered thunderstorms, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 80° and thunderstorm, Sat 86° and partly cloudy, Sun 87° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 79° and cloudy, Sat 84° and partly cloudy, Sun 82° and scattered thunderstorms
- Saranac Lake: Fri 81° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 85° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 83° and scattered thunderstorms, Sat 91° and partly cloudy, Sun 91° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 81° and mostly cloudy, Sat 85° and partly cloudy, Sun 84° and partly cloudy
Wear sunscreen and other sun protection while out hiking. Bring plenty of water, take breaks in the shade, and eat salty foods to help with water retention and electrolyte balance.
Be prepared for pop-up storms. Weather can change suddenly, even on sunny days, so bring extra layers as well as rain gear.
Sunrise is at 5:47am, sunset at 8:13pm. Make a timeline and stick to it. Pack a headlamp even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.
Hiker Information Stations
The hot weather continues in the Adirondacks this weekend, there's a bridge out on a particular trail, and the DEC will be adding another two more hiker shuttles, for thru-hikers and foliage hikers.
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound on Route 87, starting at 7am
Additional stations this weekend:
- Friday - Sunday at the Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, starting at 7am
- Friday - Sunday at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, starting at 7am
- Friday - Sunday at Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, Lake Placid, starting at 7am
This Week's Trail Notices
A bridge on the Pharaoh Lake Trail from the Pharaoh Lake Road trailhead is out. Hikers should be prepared for an open water crossing.
Last Week's Trail Notices
In the northern Adirondacks, the southern spur off the CP3 route loop in the Santa Clara Conservation Easement is closed to motorized users. There is currently a logging operation on the property, and users should reduce speed and use caution on Brown Track Road and on easement roads. Anglers are advised to not use the northern of the two fishing sites on the CP3 route as trucks will be crossing the bridge regularly.
The bog bridging across the outlet of Middle Settlement Lake (on the Middle Settlement Lake Trail, west of the lean-to), in the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness, is in disrepair. All users should either exercise caution when passing through, or cross at an alternate location.
Route 73 Hiker Shuttle
The hiker shuttle has resumed. This free shuttle will start and end at the Marcy Field parking area, making stops to pick up and drop off riders at Rooster Comb trailhead, Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls (parking is also available at these trailheads, but tend to fill up quickly).
The shuttle operates 7am to 7pm on weekends and holidays through Monday, October 10, 2022.
All riders are required to wear a mask. Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.
New Shuttle for Thru-Hikers
The DEC announced on Monday (August 1) they are launching a new shuttle route that builds on the existing Route 73 shuttle route. It will run on select summer and fall weekends from Frontier Town Gateway in North Hudson.
On August 8 and 15, visitors can board the shuttle at the Frontier Town Gateway to begin their overnight camping trip by thru-hiking one of the most unique wilderness areas without needing a vehicle at both ends.
The shuttle will drop riders off at the Adirondack Loj in North Elba to provide entry into the High Peaks Wilderness. Visitors would then hike and camp overnight for up to three nights and four days as they make their way to the Tahawus Upper Works trailhead in Newcomb.
The shuttle will then pick hikers up from the Tahawus Upper Works at 2pm daily the following Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday before returning riders to the Frontier Town Gateway.
This shuttle accommodates up to 20 people and pre-registration for the August trips is required. All riders are required to wear a mask. Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.
New October Foliage Shuttle
Looking ahead to the fall, when the brilliant foliage attracts hikers to the Adirondacks from all over the region, the DEC has announced yet another new shuttle.
No-cost shuttles will run on October 1 and 2, and again over Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Weekend on October 8, 9, and 10 from the Frontier Town Gateway to the Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, and Rooster Comb Trailheads, and also the Marcy Field Parking Area.
These are the same drop-off locations provided by the Route 73 Hiker Shuttle, but from an alternate starting point. The gateway shuttle stop is also conveniently located near the DEC Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian, and Day Use Area.
The October shuttle will operate in a loop from 7am to 7pm. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
All riders are required to wear a mask. Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.
Water Conditions & Crossings
Water levels may be elevated in some areas. Do not attempt to cross high, fast-moving water, especially following rain or storms.
Current Fire Danger
Fire danger is currently moderate for most of the Adirondacks; some areas are low. Continue to practice the utmost safety with campfires.
For the Rock Climbers
As of July 19, all rock climbing routes that were previously closed to allow for peregrine nesting are now open.
Hiking With Dogs
Dogs hiking in warm temperatures are at risk of experiencing heat exhaustion and death. Every season the DEC receives calls about distressed dogs, particularly on hot days. It's easier than we think for pet owners to overestimate how physically fit their dog is, how much water they will need, or how it feels to walk on scalding hot rocks.
If you are out with your canine friend and they collapse, quickly move to create shade for the dog and cool their feet and stomach.
The best way to protect your dog is to leave them at home in hot weather.
Note: Dogs must be leashed at all times in the Eastern Zone of the High Peaks Wilderness and at trailheads, campsites, and above 4,000 feet everywhere else. Dogs are not allowed on the AMR property if you're planning to access the High Peaks from their trailheads.
Ticks, Black Flies, Mosquitoes & Deer Flies
Ticks are out, as well as black flies, mosquitoes, and deer flies. Wear light-colored clothing with a tight tick weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pants into socks or boots, and shirt into pants. Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on clear, well-traveled trails and walk in the center of trails. Avoid dense woods and busy areas.
The DEC requires the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30; they're highly encouraged elsewhere.
Bear canisters should be used to store all food, food garbage, toiletries, and items with a scent. They should be stored at least 100 feet away from tents, lean-tos, and cooking sites, and kept closed when they're not being accessed.
Adirondack Mountain Reserve Parking Reservations
Parking reservations are required from May 1 through October 31 for single-day and overnight access to the parking lot, trailheads, and trails located on the privately owned AMR property; reservations are required even if you're being dropped off.
Report Turkey Sightings This Month
While you are out and about hiking and recreating this August, please report turkey sightings to the DEC here: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/fe7ec92ebf7b45bf8e11a295bf83117e
Report Backcountry Emergencies to This Number
Report emergencies like lost or injured hikers and wildland fires to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch at 518.891.0235.
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.
This page was updated on 08/05/22.