Fire Danger is High, Water Sources Scare & More to Know for This Weekend
Hiking Conditions for August 12 - 14
Although the weather looks great for this weekend in the Adirondacks, there are some new notices to check out with regards to fire danger and water sources, and the High Peaks Information Stations have changed since last week.
This page was updated on 08/12/22
The Weather Report
Here are forecasts in the ADK at a glance:
- Crown Point: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 78° and partly cloudy
- Indian Lake: Fri 68° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and partly cloudy
- Keene: Fri 71° and partly cloudy, Sat 73° and partly cloudy, Sun 76° and partly cloudy
- Lake George: Fri 79° and sunny, Sat 78° and partly cloudy, Sun 81° and partly cloudy
- Lake Placid: Fri 66° and mostly sunny, Sat 68° and partly cloudy, Sun 70° and partly cloudy
- Long Lake: Fri 69° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and partly cloudy
- North Creek: Fri 71° and sunny, Sat 72° and partly cloudy, Sun 75° and partly cloudy
- Old Forge: Fri 68° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and partly cloudy
- Saranac Lake: Fri 67° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and partly cloudy
- Ticonderoga: Fri 75° and partly cloudy, Sat 74° and partly cloudy, Sun 79° and partly cloudy
- Tupper Lake: Fri 67° and mostly sunny, Sat 71° and mostly sunny, Sun 73° and partly cloudy
Forecasts are predicting a beautiful weekend in the Adirondacks, reaching the low s70s during the day and low- to mid-50s at night in the High Peaks region.
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 5:57am, sunset at 8:02pm. Make a timeline and stick to it. Pack a headlamp even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.
New this week, the DEC is letting hikers know that due to the heat and low rainfall across the High Peaks, hikers and backpackers should not assume all water sources are available for obtaining drinking water from, including those on the Great Range Trail, water along the Giant/Rocky Peak traverse, and along the Sun Mountain Loop.
Hiker Information Stations
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound on Route 87, starting at 7am
- High Peaks Rest Area, Southbound on Route 87, starting at 7am
Additional stations this weekend:
- Friday - Sunday at Frontier Town Gateway, North Hudson, starting at 7am
This Week's Trail Notices
There are no new trail notices this week.
Last 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.
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 has launched 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.
It ran on August 8; the other August date is the 15th, this Monday. 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 drops off 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: High
Fire danger is currently high for most of the Adirondacks; a couple areas are moderate Continue to practice the utmost safety with campfires. Ashes should be cool to the touch.
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.
Some Bugs Still Out
While the worst of the bug season is behind us, there are still many mosquitoes, gnats, and flies. Pack bug spray, bug nets, and other methods of protection from bites.
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 08/12/22.