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Learn What to Know for Hiking in the ADK This Weekend

Hiking Conditions for September 30 - October 2, 2022

The colors are starting to come out, and the weather looks favorable for the most part when it comes to hiking in the Adirondacks this weekend. Check out new trail notices, shuttle info, and more below.

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This page was updated on 09/30/22.

The Foliage Report

Here's a rundown of the latest foliage sightings, as noted by I Love NY:

  • Chester/Hague: close to 40% color change with a mix of deep reds, yellows, and oranges
  • Crown Point: up to 20% foliage change with golden yellows and rusts, and an occasional bright yellow or orange
  • Lake George: 25 to 40% color change
  • Lake Luzerne: close to 40% color change with golden yellows and oranges
  • Lake Placid: 40% color change with gorgeous shades of orange and red
  • Lake Pleasant: 50% color change with emerging bright shades of red and orange
  • Lamson Falls: 10% change with bright red
  • Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center: 35% color change with shades of red, purple, and yellow
  • Long Lake: 40% change with muted shades of red, purple and orange
  • Malone: 30% leaf change with average shades of red, orange, and yellow
  • Newcomb: 30 to 35% color change with green yielding to orange and yellow and shades of red
  • Old Forge: 55% color change with mostly red and orange and some emerging yellow
  • Plattsburgh: at least 25% color change with some red among muted green and yellow
  • Queensbury: 20% color change with muted yellow and purple and touches of red
  • Saranac Lake: 50% color change with pops of red, orange, and shades of purple
  • Tupper Lake/Mt. Arab: 55 to 50% color change with muted to average shades of carmine, beet, cranberry, marmalade, marigold, apricot, pineapple, banana, amber, and auburn
  • Wilmington/Whiteface Mountain: 25 to 40% color change with average to bright shades of red, green, yellow, and orange

See the full foliage report >>

The Weather Report

Here are the latest predictions:

  • Crown Point: Fri 64° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and cloudy, Sun 55° and partly cloudy
  • Indian Lake: Fri 62° and partly cloudy, Sat 60° and cloudy, Sun 54° and partly cloudy
  • Keene: Fri 65° and mostly sunny, Sat 63° and cloudy, Sun 54° and partly cloudy
  • Lake George: Fri 67° and partly cloudy, Sat 65° and cloudy, Sun 59° and mostly cloudy
  • Lake Placid: Fri 61° and mostly sunny, Sat 60° and cloudy, Sun 50° and mostly cloudy
  • Long Lake: Fri 62° and partly cloudy, Sat 61° and cloudy, Sun 54° and partly cloudy
  • North Creek: Fri 63° and partly cloudy, Sat 61° and cloudy, Sun 54° and mostly cloudy
  • Old Forge: Fri 60° and partly cloudy, Sat 60° and cloudy, Sun 55° and partly cloudy
  • Saranac Lake: Fri 62° and mostly cloudy, Sat 62° and cloudy, Sun 52° and partly cloudy
  • Ticonderoga: Fri 64° and partly cloudy, Sat 62° and cloudy, Sun 55° and mostly cloudy
  • Tupper Lake: Fri 61° and mostly sunny, Sat 61° and cloudy, Sun 53° and partly cloudy

Daytime highs will be in the low 50s to low 60s and nighttime temperatures will reach the low 30s. 

Weather changes quickly in the mountains, so carry extra layers, rain gear, and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions.

Sunrise is at 6:53am, sunset at 6:35pm. Make a timeline and stick to it. Pack a headlamp even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.

See the National Weather Service for the Northern Adirondacks >>

View the National Weather Service for the Southern Adirondacks >>

Hiker Information Stations

Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:

  • High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound on Route 87, starting at 7am

Other Stations This Weekend:

  • Frontier Town Gateway, North Hudson, starting at 7am
  • Marcy Field or The Garden, times to vary

This Week's Trail Notices

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) recently completed several improvements to primitive campsites located on Tupper Lake, part of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest in the Bog River Complex. Improvements to 11 campsites included new campsite numbers of the shoreline, replacement of privies, rebuilt fire rings, and the staining of two lean-tos.

Water will be shut off at the Otter Creek Assembly Area in the Independence River Wild Forest the week after Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend.

Timber harvesting has been completed on the Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement in the Black River Wild Fores.t The entire property has been reopened for public recreation.

The gate at the Barnes Pond Public Use Area in the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Tract has been opened for hunting season. Use of high clearance vehicles is recommended.

Last Week's Trail Notices

There is an upcoming road closure to be aware of: State Route 86 in Ray Brook in the Town of North Elba will be closed just west of the intersection with McKenzie Pond Road/County Route 33 through Friday, September 23, to facilitate the replacement of a large culvert over the Little Ray Brook.

During the closure, a detour will be posted for motorists to use McKenzie Pond Route/County Route 33, which becomes Pine Street and River Road in the Village of Saranac Lake and Route 86.

And, not technically a new notice, but the DEC is reminding campers that overnight camping is not permitted at trailheads or any other roadside locations where a camping disc is not present. This includes individuals sleeping in their vehicle. 

High Peaks Hiker Shuttles

Route 73 Hiker Shuttle

The Route 73 Hiker Shuttle runs from 7am to 7pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays through Columbus Day from Marcy Field in the Town of Keene. This is for access to Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads. 

The shuttle is free and available on a first come, first serve basis. Masks are required, and no dogs are allowed.

See the map >>

View the schedule >>

Garden Shuttle

The Town of Keene shuttle goes from Marcy Field to the Garden Trailhead and operates on Saturdays and Sundays from 7am to 7pm.

October Foliage Shuttle

This shuttle runs from 7am to 7pm on October 1 and 2, and then again on October 8, 9, and 10. The shuttle departs from the Frontier Town Gateway, dropping and picking up at the Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, and Rooster Comb trailheads, as well as the Marcy Field Parking Area.

Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. As with the other shuttles, masks are required and no dogs are allowed.

Water Conditions 

Water levels in the Adirondacks are currently wide ranging, from below average to extremely high for this time of year, depending on the body of water. PDFs (life jackets) are still strongly recommended.

Check current water data >>

Current Fire Danger

Fire danger is currently low in the Park, and moderate in the Albany Pine Bush Area and points south. Continue to practice campfire safety. Ashes should be cool to the touch when putting out fires.

View the Fire Danger Map >>

Some Bugs Are Still Out

There are still some ticks out. Pack bug spray, bug nets, and other methods of protection from bites.

Bear Canisters

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.

Find more info and register at HikeAMR.org >>

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 09/30/22.

View more current notices from the DEC >>

Make sure you Leave No Trace >>

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