The rules and guidelines for recreating outdoors during the public health crisis are constantly changing. We have the latest information from the DEC on hiking and outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks below.
#RecreateLocal & Stay Safe
The DEC and State Parks encourage responsible recreation during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hikers are still encouraged to stick to less-used trails close to home, avoid busy trailheads, and keep at least six feet of distance between you and others. Only hike with immediate household family members at this time.
Hikers should continue to sign in and out at trailheads. Only one person per group should register while the others stay away from the register, and visitors should bring their own pencil or pen. Use hand sanitizer immediately before and after using the register.
Check Out the Current Trail Conditions & Water Levels
Trails are a mix of mud, ice, and snow. Mud and ice are present at low to moderate elevations. Ice and deep snow are present in the higher elevations. Trail crampons should be carried on all hikes and snowshoes should be carried on high elevation hikes. Remember that just because there’s no snow at your house doesn’t mean there’s no snow at the summits.
Water levels in streams and rivers are high, currents are swift, and water temperatures are extremely cold. Ice is thin if it is present at all. No ice should be considered safe at this time.
Playgrounds, Golf Courses & More are Closed
All playgrounds, golf courses, and DEC-controlled fire towers are currently closed. Trails to, and summits with, fire towers are open. Indoor visitor facilities (nature centers, visitor centers, historic houses) are closed. In addition, boat launches are now considered non-essential.
The Latest on Whiteface Mountain Ski Area
Whiteface Mountain Ski Area is closed to public access, including the Bear Den Mountain Trailhead and Trail.
Campgrounds, Cabins & Cottages are Closed
All state-operated campgrounds, cabins, and cottages are closed to overnight visitors through April 30. Campgrounds are being evaluated daily. If you’ve made a reservation beginning May 1st and they deem the campground safe to open your reservation will be honored, or you’re welcome to cancel an existing reservation for a full refund. If you have a reservation for prior to May 1st you will be issued a refund.
Certain Rock Climbing Routes are Closed
The DEC has closed the following rock climbing routes to protect nesting peregrine falcons: Upper Washbowl Cliffs, Lower Washbowl Cliffs, Notch Mountain, all climbing routes on Poke-O-Moonshine except routes between and including Opposition and Womb With View, the Amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall on Crane Mountain, all routes on the main wall on Shelving Rock, all routes on Potash Mountain, and all routes on Sleeping Beauty Mountain.
Adirondack Mountain Reserve Reduces Parking
Adirondack Mountain Reserve (aka Ausable Club) is immediately reducing the parking capacity on its lot near the intersection of Ausable Road and State Route 73 to a maximum of 28 vehicles. Parking is not permitted along Ausable Road, on Ausable Club lands, or along the nearby stretches of State Route 73.
Info on Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center
The Adirondack Mountain Club’s High Peaks Information Center will remain closed through May 14. However, if you live locally, you can park at the Heart Lake Program Center for a fee. Please park at least six feet apart. Be aware that bear canister, snowshoe, and microspike rentals are not available. Restrooms on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center are open.
- NYS: DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin