Thursday, August 29, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Aug 29)


This weekly Adirondack outdoor conditions report is issued on Thursday afternoons, year round.

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SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

** indicates new or revised items.

** LABOR DAY WEEKEND: Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and other popular areas of the Adirondacks should be aware that trailhead parking lots, boat launch sites and interior campsites will often fill to capacity on Labor Day weekend. Expect to see more people on the trails and waters of the Adirondacks. Plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in less visited areas of the Adirondack Park.

** KNOW THE LATEST WEATHER: Check the weather before entering the woods and be aware of weather conditions at all times. The National Weather Service (NWS) at Burlington and Albany cover the Adirondack region. NWS Burlington provides a weather forecast for elevations above 3,000 feet and spot forecasts for the summits of a handful of the highest peaks in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. [LINK]

** MOST WATERS RUNNING AT NORMAL LEVELS: Although Lake Champlain remains above normal for this time of year, most local rivers and streams continue to run at or just above normal levels for this time of year. Afternoon thundershowers could cause water levels to rise locally, making low water crossings impassable and drainages fill with water.

** SOME TRAILS REMAIN WET AND MUDDY: Recent rain showers have increased the amount of muddy and wet trails, especially in low lying areas and areas along water. Stay on trails and bedrock surfaces – don’t trample sensitive vegetation on summits. Wear waterproof footwear and gaiters and walk through (not around) mud and water to prevent further eroding and widening of trails.

** LOCAL WATER TEMPERATURES: The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington has fallen slightly to 71 degrees, the water temperature at Diamond Island has risen slightly to 71 degrees; the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has risen slightly to 78 degrees.

** FIRE DANGER MODERATE: The fire danger in the Adirondack region remains MODERATE. Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness at all times. It is illegal to leave a fire unattended until it is fully extinguished. Use care with open fires.

RECENT CHANGES IN THE ADIRONDACK BACKCOUNTRY

These are recent changes (within the last two weeks) to outdoor recreation roads, trails and facilities around the Adirondacks.

** indicates new or revised items this week.

HIGH PEAKS – LAKE PLACID REGION
Including, Wilmington, Keene, Western High Peaks

Wallface Rock-fall: A rock fall has changed the expert rated 735-foot route Free Ride on Wallface in the High Peaks. The belay station at the end of the sixth pitch at Lunch Ledge is affected, a new belay has been set to the left. You can read more about the rock fall in this report by Phil Brown.

** Corey’s Road, Western High Peaks: The Town of Harrietstown will be replacing a culvert on the Corey’s Road in the Western High Peaks which is located near the trailhead for Stony Creek Ponds. Construction will begin on Monday, September 9 take two to three days. During the construction period no motor vehicle traffic will be able to pass the work site. Motor vehicles located south at that point will not be able to access Route 3 for those two or three days. Those camping, hiking, paddling or fishing or using road side campsites, Axton Landing, Stony Creek Lean-to, Raquette Falls Trailhead, the Calkins Brook/Ward Truck Trail Parking Area, Rock Pond or Pickerel Pond must be out Sunday night, September 8 or be prepared to remain at the location until as late as Thursday, September 12.

** Route 73 Emergency Road Repairs: Department of Transportation is making emergency road repairs on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead. Traffic has been reduced to one lane of alternating one-way traffic.

SOUTHERN-CENTRAL ADIRONDACKS
West Canada Lakes, Fulton Chain, Long Lake, Speculator, Indian Lake

Jessup River Wild Forest – Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands: Jessup River Road and Old Military Road have been repaired by DEC staff and the landowner and are open to motor vehicles.

EASTERN-SOUTHEASTERN ADIRONDACKS
The Hudson, Schroon, Lake George, Champlain, Sacandaga, Washington Co

** Lake Champlain Water Level High: The lake level is still remains about a foot above average for this time of year.

** Lake Champlain Bridge Work: The Lake Champlain Bridge will be reduced to one alternating lane, during the day on weekdays from Monday, August 19th through September 24th.

Cassayuna Lake Algae Bloom: A suspicious algae bloom has been reported in Cassayuna Lake, Washington County. Avoid all contact with algae blooms. Do not swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing, and do not allow pets in algae-contaminated water.

Lake Sunnyside Algae Bloom: A blue-green algae bloom continues to be reported in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County. Avoid all contact with algae blooms. Do not swim, bathe, or drink the water, or use it in cooking or washing, and do not allow pets in algae-contaminated water.

NORTHERN-NORTHWESTERN ADIRONDACKS
Santa Clara, Tupper and Saranac Lakes, St. Regis, Lake Lila

** Loon Lake Mountain: The trailhead for Loon Lake Mountain has been moved approximately 1/10 of a mile further Northwest on Route 26. Rather than park on the road at the gate for Tower Road, continue down Route 26 past the next gated road to the new Trailhead parking area. There is a DEC sign for the Loon Lake Mountain Trailhead at the new gravel parking area. A cutover trail to Tower Road starts off the back boulders of the parking area. Their is a newly established trail register for Loon Lake Mountain on the cutover trail. The trail up the mountain is marked with yellow trail markers. The blowdown has been cleared from the summit trail.

** Blue Mountain Road: The bridge over Quebec Brook on Blue Mountain Road in the Town of Waverly, Franklin County, is being replaced by a county crew and will be closed for six to eight weeks starting Monday, August 26. There will be no detour possible. During the closure period access to the Quebec Brook Waterway Access Site will be from the south only and access to Azure Mountain will be from the north only.

** Route 73 Emergency Road Repairs: Department of Transportation is making emergency road repairs on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead. Traffic has been reduced to one lane of alternating one-way traffic.

** Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain: The Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower steward schedule has been revised. The student intern who provided interpretation of the Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower is finished for this year. However, volunteers from the Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine will be at the fire tower at times over Labor Day Weekend and some other weekends in September and October to provide interpretation and public access to fire tower. The fire tower is closed to the public when the volunteers are not present.

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General warnings and announcements drawn from DEC, NWS, NOAA, USGS, and other sources. Additional detailed Adirondack Park camping, hiking, and outdoor recreation information can be found at DEC’s webpages. A DEC map of the Adirondack Park can also be found online [pdf].

The DEC Trails Supporter Patch is available for $5 at all outlets where sporting licenses are sold, on-line and via telephone at 1-866-933-2257. Patch proceeds will help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State.

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