Thursday, July 25, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (July 25)


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SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

** indicates new or revised items.

** COOLER NIGHTTIME TEMPERATURES: Expect below normal temperatures for this time of year. The heatwave of last week has turned to cool weather and nighttime temperatures are now, and will continue, falling into the low 40s around the region through this weekend, with daytime highs only into the low 70s.

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

** 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]

** SOME WATERS ABOVE NORMAL: With the notable exception of the Raquette River, most local rivers and streams have returned to normal levels in the northwest part of the region, but waters elsewhere remain above normal for this time of year. Places in those areas that are normally dry or have little water at this time of year may be wet or have standing water.

** SOME TRAILS REMAIN WET AND MUDDY: Although many trails are drying out, some trails around the region continue to be wet and muddy after considerable recent rains, especially in low lying areas and near waterbodies. Expect wetter trails in the eastern and southern Adirondacks which has seen more rain. Wear appropriate footwear, stay on the trail, and hike through muddy areas to avoid widening the trails or creating herd paths.

** LOCAL WATER TEMPERATURES: The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the lower 70s; Lake Champlain is in the upper-60s; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 78 degrees.

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

** Lake Placid Ironman: The Lake Placid Ironman will take place on Sunday, July 28 expect heavy traffic and significant delays in and around the village. Route 73 between Keene and Lake Placid, Route 9N between Keene and AuSable Forks, Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington, Hardy Road in Wilmington and Riverside Drive in North Elba will be part of the bike course and/or the marathon course. Don’t travel in this area on Sunday, seek alternate routes or be prepared for long delays.

** 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.

** Hurricane Mountain Trails: A portion of the Hurricane Road on the Elizabethtown (east) side of the Hurricane Mountain is washed out. The Hurricane Mountain Trailhead at the end of the road cannot be reached. The trail from Route 9N is flooded by beaver activity and rains. It is passable if you are willing to wade. Currently the only easily accessible trail to the summit of Hurricane Mountain is from The Crows Trailhead on the O’Toole Road off East Hill Road on the Keene (west) side of the mountain.

** Bradley Pond Trail: The first bridge on the Bradley Pond Trail is damaged and unsafe to use. The stream can be forded at that location. The second bridge, which crosses Santanoni Brook, is tilting. It can be used with caution.

Black Brook Tract / Taylor Pond Wild Forest / Silver Lake Mountain: Logging is taking place and hikers and climbers accessing the Turnpike Road Trailhead should be prepared to encounter logging trucks on the road. DEC is asking users to park well off the road at at least 150 feet from the header.

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

Raquette Lake: The Clark’s Point lean-to in Sucker Brook Bay, just east of Indian Point, has been destroyed by fire.

Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands: Jessup River Road and Old Military Road, beyond Sled Harborare, have been heavily eroded by recent thunderstorms and are not passable by motor vehicles. Those planning to hike Pillsbury Mountain should park their vehicle at Sled Harbor and hike from there. DEC plans to have the roads reopened in the next week or two once the roads have dried and DEC can undertake the necessary maintenance.

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

** Lake Champlain Algae Blooms: There are algae blooms reported in Corlear Bay at the Port Douglas Boat Launch, and off Westport. There are also reports of blooms in the Ferrisburgh and Addison, VT areas of the main lake (opposite the Essex and Westport town line). Anyone active on these areas of Lake Champlain should watch for and avoid 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.

** Saranac River Diversion in Plattsburgh: A dam to divert the Saranac River was placed this week near the Plattsburgh Police Department on Pine Street in Plattsburgh to allow for cleanup of a portion of the river polluted by an old coal-tar pit from a former gas plant off Saranac Street. The steel and concrete diverting dam could be hazardous to those on the river and no trespassing signs have been erected. Downstream paddlers and tubers can exit the river at the sign near 90 Pine Street, portage down Pine Street to the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street and re-enter the water. Police are saying they will arrest those violating the no-trespassing signs. Local officials say the area will be off-limits for the rest of the summer.

** Lake Sunnyside Algae Bloom: A large localized blue-green algae bloom has been confirmed 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

** William C. Whitney Wilderness: The William C. Whitney Wilderness web page provides information about the wilderness and its recreational opportunities. The Rock Pond/Hardigan Pond Portage Trail (aka Canoe Carry) has been rerouted to avoid a wetland on the shore of Rock Pond. The new take-out on Rock Pond is located about 650 feet northeast of the old take-out. The reroute adds about 0.2 mile to the carry between Rock and Hardigan Ponds.

** Franklin Falls Bridge Closure: The Fanklin County bridge that spans the Saranac River at the outlet of Franklin Falls Pond northeast of Saranac Lake (east of Bloomingdale on Route 3) will be closed to all traffic beginning on or about July 29. The bridge is being replaced, a project that will keep the bridge closed to traffic for about three weeks.

** Saranac River Diversion in Plattsburgh: A dam to divert the Saranac River was placed this week near the Plattsburgh Police Department on Pine Street in Plattsburgh to allow for cleanup of a portion of the river polluted by an old coal-tar pit from a former gas plant off Saranac Street. The steel and concrete diverting dam could be hazardous to those on the river and no trespassing signs have been erected. Downstream paddlers and tubers can exit the river at the sign near 90 Pine Street, portage down Pine Street to the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street and re-enter the water. Police are saying they will arrest those violating the no-trespassing signs. Local officials say the area will be off-limits for the rest of the summer.

** 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.

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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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