Finally It's Fall in the Adirondacks! Here's What to Know Before You Go
Hiking Conditions for September 23 - 25, 2022
Strap on those hiking boots and bring extra layers in your pack, because it's the first weekend of fall in the Adirondacks and you know what that means: cooler temperatures, brighter colors, and prime conditions for seasonal hiking.
This page was updated on 09/23/22.
The Foliage Report
Here's a rundown of the latest foliage sightings, as noted by I Love NY:
- Crown Point: more than 10% color change with a sprinkling of muted golds and rusts
- Lake George: 15% color change with vivid oranges, sunny yellows, and occasional deep reds
- Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain: 15 to 20% or more color change with bright reds and oranges; still a lot of green
- Lake Pleasant: 20% color change with average to bright shades of yellow and orange
- Long Lake: 30% color change with traces of orange, purple, and muted reds
- Malone: 15% color change with muted reds and oranges over a mostly green landscape
- Newcomb: up to 15% color change with shades of orange and red
- Old Forge: at least 30% color change with muted shades of yellow and burgundy and some reds
- Plattsburgh: 10% color change with some muted yellow
- Queensbury: 15% color change with muted purple, red, and orange
- Saranac Lake: 25 to 30% color change with muted hues of yellow and red
- Ticonderoga: 10% color change with average shades of yellow, red, and orange emerging
- Tupper Lake/Mr. Arab: 35 to 50% color change with hues of rhubarb, cerise, maize, saffron, russet, and tangerine
The Weather Report
The temperatures are significantly cooler than last week, take a look:
- Crown Point: Fri 54° and partly cloudy, Sat 69° and sunny, Sun 67° and scattered showers
- Indian Lake: Fri 47° and partly cloudy, Sat 60° and sunny, Sun 61° and rain
- Keene: Fri 50° and mostly sunny, Sat 64° and sunny, Sun 66° and scattered showers
- Lake George: Fri 56° and partly cloudy, Sat 70° and sunny, Sun 68° and rain
- Lake Placid: Fri 45° and partly cloudy, Sat 59° and partly cloudy, Sun 62° and scattered showers
- Long Lake: Fri 46° and partly cloudy, Sat 60° and sunny, Sun 62° and scattered showers
- North Creek: Fri 49° and partly cloudy, Sat 63° and sunny, Sun 63° and scattered showers
- Old Forge: Fri 47° and partly cloudy, Sat 59° and mostly sunny, Sun 61° and showers
- Saranac Lake: Fri 47° and mostly cloudy, Sat 61° and sunny, Sun 63° and scattered showers
- Ticonderoga: Fri 53° and partly cloudy, Sat 68° and sunny, Sun 66° and scattered showers
- Tupper Lake: Fri 47° and partly cloudy, Sat 60° and mostly sunny, Sun 63° and scattered showers
Highs during the day in the High Peaks region are expected to range from the 50s to the low 60s, while nighttime lows will range from the mid-30s to high 40s.
Weather changes quickly in the mountains, so carry extra layers, rain gear, and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions.
Sunrise is at 6:42am, sunset at 6:53pm. Make a timeline and stick to it. Pack a headlamp even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.
Hiker Information Stations
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
- High Peaks Rest Area, Northbound on Route 87, starting at 7am
Other Stations This Weekend:
- Marcy Field, Keene Valley, starting at 7am
- The Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, starting at 7am.
This 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.
Last Week's Trail Notices
The St. Lawrence County Multi-use Trail in the Grass River Complex, which crosses Grass River, Long Pond, and Tooley Pond Conservation Easements, closed for the season on September 15.
Also in the Grass River Complex, there is an exclusive rights period on the Cranberry Forest Conservation Easement until December 16. The only public uses allowed during this time are the year-round use of the Windfall Road and Buckhorn Road for the sole purpose of accessing the river corridor, and the year-round use of the Dillon Pond Public Use Area.
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.
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 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.
Current Fire Danger
Fire danger is currently low in the Park and throughout New York State. Continue to practice campfire safety. Ashes should be cool to the touch when putting out fires.
Some Bugs Are Still Out
While the worst of the bug season is behind us, there are still some mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and even ticks. 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 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 09/23/22.