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Prepare for Cold Weather on Your Hike in the Adirondacks This Weekend

Hiking Conditions for November 18 - 20, 2022

Winter has arrived, there are new trail notices to check out, and more to know before you embark on your outing in the Adirondacks!

This page was updated on 11/18/22.

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The Weather Report

Here are the latest predictions:

  • Crown Point: Fri 38° and partly cloudy, Sat 37° and mostly sunny, Sun 33° and partly cloudy
  • Indian Lake: Fri 31° and mostly cloudy, Sat 29° and mostly cloudy, Sun 24° and snow showers
  • Keene: Fri 34° and cloudy, Sat 35° and partly cloudy, Sun 29° and partly cloudy
  • Lake George: Fri 41° and partly cloudy, Sat 39° and mostly sunny, Sun 35° and partly cloudy
  • Lake Placid: Fri 29° and snow, Sat 29° and partly cloudy, Sun 23° and snow showers
  • Long Lake: Fri 31° and cloudy, Sat 30° and mostly cloudy, Sun 24° and snow showers
  • North Creek: Fri 33° and partly cloudy, Sat 31° and mostly sunny, Sun 26° and partly cloudy
  • Old Forge: Fri 29° and cloudy, Sat 27° and mostly cloudy, Sun 23° and snow 
  • Saranac Lake: Fri 30° and snow, Sat 29° and snow, Sun 24° and snow showers
  • Ticonderoga: Fri 39° and partly cloudy, Sat 37° and partly cloudy, Sun 49° and cloudy
  • Tupper Lake: Fri 63° and rain, Sat 57° and showers, Sun 34° and partly cloudy

Cold weather has officially arrived in the Adirondacks! Nighttime lows are expected to drop into the teens.

As always, these temperatures are estimates for base elevations. Always anticipate more extreme conditions at high elevations, and remember that weather changes quickly in the mountains.

Carry extra layers, rain gear, and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions. Traction devices are recommended for anyone planning on hiking at elevation this season.

See the National Weather Service for the Northern Adirondacks >>

View the National Weather Service for the Southern Adirondacks >>

Sunrise/Sunset Times

Don't forget to take into account the time change when making your timeline and plans. The sunrise is at 6:56am and sunset at 4:24pm. The temperature can drop dramatically once the sun sets.

Make a timeline and stick to it, packing a headlamp and extra layers, even if you expect to finish before the sun goes down.

This Week's Trail Notices

Gulf Brook Road in the Boreas Ponds Tract is now closed to motor vehicle traffic for the winter season, starting at the Blue Ridge Parking Area. The Blue Ridge Parking Area will remain open - plowing of the lot is subject to the Town's plowing schedule.

A bridge is out on the Pharaoh Lake Trail in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. Crossing may not be possible during high water. Users should be prepared to turn back if conditions are unsafe. The bridge is at a curve in the trail, with steep approaches from both directions. winter users should be prepared to stop completely at this location to asses conditions before crossing. 

The first bridge on the Shelving Rock Brook Trail in the Lake George Wild Forest (closest to the road) is unsafe for equestrian use. Equestrian users should ford the stream at this location.

The Longway Trail in Shelving Rock is impassable due to extensive blowdown.

More Recent Trail Notices

Significant ice has accumulated on some high-elevation trails in the High Peaks Wilderness. Be prepared with appropriate traction devices, including microspikes for use on thin ice over flat trails and crampons for thick ice and ice on steeper slopes.

Construction has begun on the first phase of the future Adirondack Rail Trail. The first segment of the trail between Station Street in Lake Placid and the intersection of Cedar Street and Route 86 in Saranac Lake will be closed to public access during active construction. Construction will pause in early December, allowing for winter recreation.

You can read more on this here >>

Seasonal Roads

Due to recent snow, some seasonal access roads are beginning to close. Check for closure announcements and be prepared to turn around and take an alternate route.

Water Conditions & Crossings

Water levels throughout the Adirondacks range from average to slightly above average for this time of year. PDFs (life jackets) are still strongly recommended.

Never attempt to cross high, fast-moving water, especially following rain or storms. If there is rain forecast during the day, be mindful of how water crossings might swell between your first crossing and your return trip.

Check current water data >>

Current Fire Danger

Fire danger is currently low throughout the Park and New York State. Continue to practice campfire safety. Ashes should be cool to the touch when putting out fires.

View the Fire Danger Map >>

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.

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 11/18/22.

View more current notices from the DEC >>

Make sure you Leave No Trace >>

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