Thursday, September 5, 2013

Current Conditions in the Adirondack Park (Sept 6)


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.

** FREEZE WARNING – COOLER TEMPERATURES: Cooler weather is being forecast for the next several days and the National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for Thursday for the entire Adirondack region, including parts of Northern New York and extending as far south as northern Herkimer, Hamilton, and Warren counties. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the upper 20s in the Freeze Warning area from midnight tonight through 8 am Friday. Expect widespread frost tonight and nighttime temperatures that may drop below freezing at higher elevations this weekend. Pack and wear extra layers of clothing and a winter hat.

** 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]

** NORTHERN ADIRONDACK WATERS RUNNING ABOVE NORMAL: Rivers and streams across the High Peaks and Northern Adirondacks, including the Independence, Oswegatchie, Raquette, St. Regis, Ausable and Saranac rivers, are running well above normal levels for this time of year. Afternoon thundershowers could cause water levels to rise locally, making low water crossings in those drainages impassable. The lake level is about a a foot above average for this time of year. Waters in other areas of the Adirondacks are at normal levels for this time of year.

** TRAILS WET AND MUDDY: Recent heavy rains have resulted in 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: So far, water temperatures are holding steady around the region. The water temperature of the AuSable River in Wilmington is in the mid-60s. The Lake Champlain water temperature at Burlington is about 72 degrees, the water temperature at Diamond Island is about 70 degrees; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George remains about 78 degrees. The water temperature at Great Sacandaga is about 77 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

** High Peaks Waters Above Normal: Rivers and streams across the High Peaks and Northern Adirondacks, including the Independence, Oswegatchie, Raquette, St. Regis, Ausable and Saranac rivers, are running well above normal levels for this time of year. Afternoon thundershowers could cause water levels to rise locally, making low water crossings in those drainages impassable.

** Klondike Trail: The bridge over South Meadow Brook on the Klondike Trail has been replaced. The trail can now be accessed directly from the end of South Meadow Road.

** 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 and 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.

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

** 90-miler This Weekend: Adirondack Canoe Classic / 90 Miler: The annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, known locally as the 90-Miler, will be held this weekend. This three-day flat water race follows the original highways of the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Expect very heavy use along the paddle route and at the Lake Eaton and Fish Creek campgrounds. The race starts on Friday at Old Forge. The route includes the Fulton Chain of Lakes, the Raquette Lake, the Marion River and the Eckford Chain of Lakes ending in Blue Mountain Lake at the end of day one. Saturday begins at Bissell’s on Long Lake continues down Long Lake and into the Raquette River to the state boat launch on Routes 3 & 30 (about five miles east of the village of Tupper Lake). Sunday begins at Fish Creek Campground proceeds down Upper Saranac Lake through the carry to Middle Saranac Lake and on to the Saranac River, into Lower Saranac Lake across Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower to the finish at Prescott Park in the village of Saranac Lake.

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

** Lake Champlain Water Level: The lake level 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 through September 24th.

** Lake Sunnyside Algae Bloom: The 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.

** Siamese Ponds Wilderness: Blowdown has been removed from the Puffer Pond and Peaked Mountain Pond Trails.

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

** 90-miler This Weekend: Adirondack Canoe Classic / 90 Miler: The annual Adirondack Canoe Classic, known locally as the 90-Miler, will be held this weekend. This three-day flat water race follows the original highways of the Adirondacks from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Expect very heavy use along the paddle route and at the Lake Eaton and Fish Creek campgrounds. The race starts on Friday at Old Forge. The route includes the Fulton Chain of Lakes, the Raquette Lake, the Marion River and the Eckford Chain of Lakes ending in Blue Mountain Lake at the end of day one. Saturday begins at Bissell’s on Long Lake continues down Long Lake and into the Raquette River to the state boat launch on Routes 3 & 30 (about five miles east of the village of Tupper Lake). Sunday begins at Fish Creek Campground proceeds down Upper Saranac Lake through the carry to Middle Saranac Lake and on to the Saranac River, into Lower Saranac Lake across Oseetah Lake and Lake Flower to the finish at Prescott Park in the village of Saranac Lake.

** Northern Waters Above Normal: Rivers and streams across the High Peaks and Northern Adirondacks, including the Independence, Oswegatchie, Raquette, St. Regis, Ausable and Saranac rivers, are running well above normal levels for this time of year. Afternoon thundershowers could cause water levels to rise locally, making low water crossings in those drainages impassable.

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 until late September or early October. 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.

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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