Thursday, May 10, 2018

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (May 10)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon.

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SPECIAL NOTICES FOR THIS WEEKEND

SUN AND MOON SATURDAY: Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:32 am and sunset at 8:12 pm, providing 14 hours 41 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 4:22 am Saturday morning, and set at 4:56 pm, Saturday afternoon. It will be about 10% illuminated.

FLOODING: Minor flooding is underway at the north end of Lake Champlain. Check the latest National Weather Service flood watches, warnings and advisories here. Consult the river gages and forecasts.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER: Scattered showers will continue through Thursday afternoon ahead of an approaching cold front. Isolated thunderstorms are possible capable of producing gusty winds, with gusts up to 40 mph possible. Before entering the back-country check the latest National Weather Service local weather watches, warnings and advisories here and Mountain Forecasts here.

TRAIL CONDITIONS: Waters, especially in snow melt areas of the mid-elevations of the Central Adirondacks and High Peaks, remain high and trails there are very muddy. Trails above about 2,500 feet are a combination of mud, ice, and snow, depending on elevation, with ice and deeper snow in north facing and other sheltered areas at higher elevations. Trails at lower elevation at the periphery of the Park will be drier.

SUMMITS: There remains deep snow and thick ice on higher summits; temperatures there are expected to be upper 30s to lower 40s through the weekend (wind chills in the 20s on Friday). Summits winds are expected to be 10-15 mph this weekend. Snowshoes or skis are required in the High Peaks Wilderness where snow depths exceed 8 inches, and needed for back-country travel above about 3,000 feet. Traction devices are recommended, and those headed to summits and steeper terrain should carry crampons. There have been high winds recently – expect to encounter blowdown. Consult the High Elevation forecast.

WATERS AT SPRINGTIME HIGHS: Waters are generally high in the High Peaks where snow melt continues, and in secondary streams originating in the snow pack areas where some water crossings may be difficult or impassable. With the notable exception of the Raquette, which remains high, stem rivers have and are continuing to recede. Lake levels remain high, and minor flooding is underway at the north end of Lake Champlain. Follow the latest river forecasts. The following stream gage readings were observed on Thursday afternoon.

Moose River at McKeever – 4.31 ft (5/10): 7.86 ft (5/3)
Raquette River at Piercefield – 10.85 ft (5/10): 10.56 ft (5/3)
AuSable River at Ausable Forks – 3.29 ft (5/10): 5.39 ft (5/3)
Hudson River at North Creek – 5.47 ft (5/10): 7.23 ft (5/3)
Schroon River at Riverbank (Route 11) – 5.32 ft (5/10): 6.48 ft (5/3)
Lake Champlain at Whitehall – 99.37 ft – action stage (5/10): 99.58 ft – action stage (5/3)

FAST WATERS: Fast, powerful currents, and high waters can wash logs, docks and other floating objects into rivers and lakes, creating potential hazards, espcially for springtime boaters. Avoid swift currents, especially near waterfalls and rapids and wear personal flotation devices.

WATER TEMPERATURES COLD: PDFs are recommended for all persons in small boats, kayaks and canoes and paddlers should wear cold water protection. Water temperatures are mostly in the 40s, though some remain in the 30s. Cold water shock at temperatures in the 30s can cause exhaustion or unconsciousness in less than 15 minutes. The following water temperatures were reported Thursday:

Ausable River (Wilmington) – 47 degrees
Arbutus Lake in Newcomb – about 48 degrees
Lake Champlain (average) – about 43 degrees
Lake George (Warner Bay) – 51 degrees

SKIING MOSTLY ENDED: Skiing has mostly ended for the season, though some skiable terrain remains above about 2,700 feet, especially on northern aspects and sheltered areas, and the die-hards are skinning up Whiteface.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, extra clothing, a flashlight, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. Just before entering the backcountry or launching a boat check the National Weather Service watches, warnings, and advisories here. Follow Adirondack weather forecasts at Burlington and Albany and consult the High Elevation, Recreation, or Lake Champlain forecasts.

AVOID MINES AND CAVES WHERE BATS ARE PRESENT: DEC has urged outdoor adventurers to suspend exploration of cave and mine sites that may serve as seasonal homes for hibernating bats. Human disturbances are especially harmful to the State’s bat population since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York. All posted notices restricting the use of caves and mines should be followed. If New Yorkers or visitors to the State encounter hibernating bats while underground, DEC encourages them to leave the area as quickly and quietly as possible. Anyone entering a northern long-eared bat hibernation site from October 1 through April 30, the typical period of hibernation for bats, may be subject to prosecution. Learn more here.

DO NOT RELY ON TECHNOLOGY: Do not depend on electronic technology in the backcountry. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best and often non-existent. GPS signal can be poor under heavy tree cover. Batteries expire quickly in cold temperatures. Plan and prepare carefully before entering the backcountry and always carry a map and compass – and know how to use them.

KEEP PETS LEASHED: Keep your pet under control. Restrain it on a leash when others approach. Collect and bury droppings away from water, trails and camp sites. Keep your pet away from drinking water sources. Dogs must be leashed in the Eastern Zone of the High Peaks when on trails, at primitive tent sites, at lean-to sites, everywhere above 4,000 feet, or at other areas where the public congregates. Dogs should be kept leashed for the safety of your dog, the protection of wildlife and rare plants, and out of courtesy to fellow hikers everywhere in the Adirondack Park.

LEAVE NO TRACE / CARRY IN – CARRY OUT: Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other unwanted or unneeded items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

GROUP SIZE RESTRICTIONS: Large groups have significantly more impact on the trails, natural resources and other users. DEC regulation restricts group size in the High Peaks Wilderness to no more than 15 hikers (day users) or 8 campers (overnight users) and encourages this practice to be followed in other areas. Outside the High Peaks Wilderness, DEC regulation requires a temporary permit be issued to authorize organized events of more than twenty people; camping at the same location for more than three nights; or camping in groups of more than 10 people.

VOLUNTEER FOR TRAIL WORK: No matter what your sport, if you’re a trail user consider contributing your efforts to one of the many organizations dedicated to maintaining the region’s network of thousands of miles of trails.

RECENT CHANGES IN THE ADIRONDACK BACKCOUNTRY

* indicates new or recent items.

HIGH PEAKS REGION
Including Dix Mountain, Giant Mountain, Hurricane Mountain, Jay Mountain, McKenzie Mountain, Sentinel Range Wildernesses
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

** Owls Head: Porter and Little Porter Trail from the Garden in Keene will close as of May 31, due to conflict with a private landowner. A reroute is being planned, but will not be completed this hiking season. The trail will theoretically leave the Brothers Trail just before it dips to cross Juliet Brook and work its way on generally easy terrain to the brook crossing. After that it will be a long traverse on a steep side hill to join the existing trail just below the final steep climb with stone steps to Little Porter. (5/14)

** Whiteface Memorial Highway: The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, in Wilmington opens on Friday, May 18. The Highway, stretching eight miles, from Wilmington to the summit, allows visitors to drive to the top of New York State’s fifth-highest peak. Once at the summit, guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the Adirondack High Peaks and visit a castle made of native stone. The Highway is open weekends only through May 28, then daily, from June 1 through October 8.

** Winter Conditions remain present above 3,000 feet. Deep snow (2-3 feet) and ice are present above 3,000 feet with even deeper snow above 4,000 feet. Trails are covered in ice and rotten (soft) snow. Carry crampons and snowshoes and use when warranted. Stay on trails to avoid trampling sensitive alpine vegetation. Moderately High elevation (2,500 to 3,000 feet) trails are icy as compacted snow has turned to ice. Ice “monorails” may be present on trails as surrounding snow melts. Carry crampons and use when warranted. Stay on trails to avoid trampling vegetation and eroding trails. (5/10)

** Middle elevation and lower elevation (below 2,500 feet) trails may be muddy after the rains expected during the next 24 hours. Low spots, drainages, and sections of trails by water may be wet and muddy. Walk through – not around – mud and water to avoid eroding and widening trails and trampling vegetation. (5/10)

** McKenzie Mountain Wilderness: Due to heavy winter snow and recent storms with strong winds, expect to find blowdown (trees, limbs, and branches) on portions of many trails. Blowdown may be heavy in some areas. (5/10)

** Wilmington: BETA Volunteer Trail Day is set for Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm in Wilmington. BETA will begin construction on a new trail off Hardy Road, looping to the north of “All In” and “Ante Up”, with connections to both trails.

** Snowshoes and skis are required in the High Peaks Wilderness where snow depths exceed 8 inches.

Giant Mountain Wilderness: All rock climbing routes on Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area are closed to allow peregrine falcons to mate and select nesting sites. Once nest sites are identified DEC will reopen routes that will not interfere with nesting activities.

Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake: Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake should be considered unsafe. (5/3)

Avalanche Pass: Beware of ice falling from the cliffs above Avalanche Pass. (3/29)

Corey’s Road Closure: Corey’s Road in the Western High Peaks is closed beyond the Calkins Brook/Raquette River Trailhead Parking. Do not block the gate or park in the plow turn around area. It will remain closed through mud season. The road will reopen when it has dried and hardened, and all routine maintenance and repairs have been completed. (3/22)

Cascade Day Use Area/ High Peaks Wilderness: The Cascade Day Use area, located off State Route 73 between Lower and Upper Cascade Lakes, is closed until further notice due to the icy condition of the un-maintained entry road. (2/22)

** Whiteface Mountain Trail: A small section of the Whiteface Mountain Trail just above the junction with the Whiteface Highway (Wilmington Turn) has been rerouted to avoid the hazard created by variable ice conditions and the “rock cut” of the highway. (1/18)

Boreas Ponds Tract: The lower gate on the Gulf Brook Road is closed until the end of the spring mud season. (3/22)

Elk Lake Trails – Clear Pond Gate: The Clear Pond Gate on the Elk Lake Road is closed through the spring mud season. This adds four miles to a round-trip hike.

South Meadow Lane – Marcy Truck Trail: South Meadow Lane is closed to public motor vehicle traffic until the end of the spring mud season. Vehicles can park at the barriers just off the Adirondac Loj Road. Do not block the opening as it used for emergency access. The closed gate adds nearly two miles to a round trip to the Marcy Truck Trail.

Mr. Van Ski Trail: A large tree has fallen on the Mr. Van Lean-to on the Mr. Van Ski Trail causing severe damage and rendering the lean-to unsafe and unusable. DEC is working with partners to evaluate the extent of the damage and the requirements and timing of repairs.

Upper Johns Brooks Valley: Several sections of the Phelps Trail in the Upper Johns Brook Valley contain extensive amount of blowdown. Use caution when in and around this area.

Western High Peaks: Blowdown has been cleared from the Blueberry Horse Trail between the Calkins Creek Horse Trail and Ward Brook Horse Trail in the Western High Peaks and the trail has been “brushed out” (trailside vegetation has been trimmed).

Bradley Pond Trail: A new section of Bradley Pond Trail to Sanatanoni Mountain has been constructed near the beginning of the trail to avoid the two crossings which had unusable bridges. The new trail section crosses Santanoni Brook on a newly constructed bridge and then joins the old trail a short distance later.

Owls Head Trail: The trail to the summit of Owls Head in the town of Keene is closed to public access by the landowners.

* Fat Bike Trails: Trail stewards responsible for bike and fat bike trails in the Wilmington-Lake Placid-Saranac Lake ask riders to abide by trail closures posted on TrailHUB.

Ouluska Brook Bridge: The bridge over Ouluska Brook on the Northville-Placid Trail has collapsed into the brook. Crossing the brook is possible only during low water conditions.

WESTERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Aldrich Pond Wild Forest, Bog River Complex, Cranberry Lake Wild Forest, Five Ponds & Pepperbox Wildernesses, Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest, William C. Whitney & Round Lake Wilderness
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest: Gates on all seasonal access roads are closed. Roads will be reopened once they have dried and hardened, and needed repairs and maintenance are completed. (4/6)

William C. Whitney Wilderness: The gate on the North Branch Road near the entrance is closed and all of the roads are closed to public motor vehicle access until the end of the spring mud season.

Five Ponds Wilderness: An 800-foot portion of the Plains Trail (part of the Cranberry 50) has been rerouted to avoid a dangerous log crossing of a beaver dam. The new route has been brushed out and marked with red trail markers.

Pigeon Lake Wilderness: There is an area with significant blowdown on the Norridgewock Trail about 1.5 miles south of Beaver River Station. A rough and temporary reroute has been flagged with pink flagging. All users should exercise caution when traveling through this area.

NORTHWESTERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Grass River Complex, Raquette Boreal Complex, Whitehill Wild Forest
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

Grass River Complex: DEC Region 6 Operations staff and the St. Lawrence County Snowmobile Association have replace the deficient Chap Hill Bridge on a snowmobile trail in the town of Colton with a stronger, portable bridge from the nearby Goldmine Tract Conservation Easement.

NORTHERN ADIRONDACKS
Including the Saranc Lake and Paul Smith’s Area, DeBar Mountain Wild Forest, Kushaqua Tract, Santa Clara Tract, Saranac Lakes and the St. Regis Canoe Area
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

** Saranac Lake: The Lake Flower Boat Launch is open. Parking for vehicles with boat trailers is available in the parking lot across the road from the boat launch starting May 14, through the 2018 boating season. The parking lot is located at the former Nonna Fina’s restaurant. A limited number of parking spots have been designated for vehicles with boat trailers. Only vehicles with boat trailers will be allowed to use the parking lot. Vehicles must travel through the parking lot in one direction and park in designated parking spots. Parking will be available from 7 am to 9 pm and overnight parking is prohibited. Paddlers and others with car top boats are encouraged to use the nearby DEC Ampersand Bay Hand Launch on Lower Saranac Lake or DEC Lake Colby Hand Launch. After launching a boat, boaters should tie off their boat at the bulkhead to the left of the launch ramp and then drive across River Street (State Route 86) to the parking lot. When driving from the parking lot to the boat launch, drivers should utilize the middle turning lane. When walking between the boat launch and the parking lot, pedestrians should use the crosswalk and traffic light at the intersection of Church and River streets. The crosswalk is approximately 560 feet from the boat launch and parking lot entrances. A gravel footpath will be built between River Street and the boat ramp to give pedestrians access to the boat ramp. (5/10)

* Saranac Lakes Wild Forest: The Little Green Pond/Little Clear Pond Road has been cleared of blowdown and is open for public motor vehicle use. The road provides access to the campsites on Little Green Pond and the hand launch on Little Clear Pond. (5/10)

Kushaqua Conservation Easement Tract: Lyme Adirondack Forest Company, the private landowner of the Kushaqua Conservation Easement Tract, is conducting a timber harvest in the area of the Loon Lake Mountain Trail. Be prepared to encounter logging trucks and heavy equipment at any time on the trail and the easement lands in the area during this active harvest operation. (3/9)

Debar Mountain Wild Forest: Vanderwalker Road gate for access to East Branch St. Regis Canoe Launch is closed and the road is closed to public motor vehicle use until the after the spring mud season.

Santa Clara Tract: The Pinnacle Road gate is closed and the road is closed to public motor vehicle access until the end of the spring mud season.

NORTHEASTERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, Lake Champlain Islands Complex, Sable Highlands Tract, Taylor Pond Complex, Wilmington Wild Forest
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

* Taylor Pond Complex: Rock climbing routes located left and right of the nose on the Main Face of Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain are closed to allow peregrine falcons to mate and select nesting sites. These are described as routes 33 through 91 n Pages 45 – 69 in Adirondack Rock Volume 1, A Rock Climbers Guide, Second Edition. All other rock climbing routes on Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain are now open. (5/10)

* Taylor Pond Complex: The gate is open on Redd Road on the Terry Mountain State Forest and the road is available for public motor vehicle access. (5/10)

Sable Highlands Tract: The gate on Barnes Pond Road is closed and road is closed to public motor vehicle use until the opening of next year’s big game season.

* Fat Bike Trails: Trail stewards responsible for bike and fat bike trails in the Wilmington-Lake Placid-Saranac Lake ask riders to abide by trail closures posted on TrailHUB.

SOUTHWESTERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Black River Wild Forest, Fulton Chain Wild Forest, Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness, Independence River Wild Forest, Pigeon Lake Wilderness

These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

* Black River Wild Forest: Mill Brook Road and Wolf Lake Landing Road to Woodhull Lake are both open to public motor vehicle use. (5/10)

* Black River Wild Forest: Loop Road at North Lake is open for public motor vehicle use to Campsite 19. The road remains closed beyond this point due to a major washout at Golden Stair Creek. (5/10)

Independence River Wild Forest: Gates on all seasonal access roads are closed. Roads will be reopened once they have dried and hardened, and needed repairs and maintenance are completed. The Erie Canal Trail Bridge over Otter Creek has been damaged and is closed indefinitely. The 10 Mile Crossing Road gate at Otter Creek and the Mt. Tom Trail East gate are both closed (3/9).

Black River Wild Forest: Gates on all seasonal access roads are closed. Mill Brook Road and Wolf Lake Landing Road will be reopened once they have dried and hardened, and needed repairs and maintenance are completed. (4/6)

Black River Wild Forest: Stone Dam Trail north of Stone Dam Lake to its intersection with the Chub Pond Trail is overgrown and can be hard to find and follow.

Black River Wild Forest: The bridge across the inlet to Little Woodhull Lake on the Little Woodhull Lake Trail is out. The stream may not be passable in times of high water. Nick’s Lake Outlet Trail to Remsen Falls may be rough and grown in. Nelson Lake Loop Trail has several blowdown trees. The gate at the end of the Wolf Lake Landing Road has been vandalized. Motor vehicle access beyond the gate is prohibited except by permit. Most blowdown has been cleared from the first two miles of Twin Lakes Trail from the Farr Road, the trail is in poor shape beyond to the marsh.

Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness: Moose River Mountain Trail has heavy blow down and is difficult to follow at times. East Pond-Lost Creek Trail between East Pond and the Big Otter Lake East Trail is rough, grown in and may contain blowdown. The trail is difficult to follow at times.

Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness: Blackfoot Pond Trail off of the East-Pond Lost Creek Trail remains rough, grown in and may contain blowdown. The trail is difficult to follow at times. The sign at the junction of the trails is missing, the turn off to Blackfoot Pond is not readily marked or noticeable. DEC will be replacing the sign soon.

WEST CENTRAL ADIRONDACKS
Including Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Township 19 Easement, Township 20 Easement, Blue Ridge Wilderness, Moose River Plains Complex, Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Easement, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, West Canada Lakes Wilderness
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

Moose River Plains Complex: Gates on all seasonal access roads have been closed. Roads will be reopened once they have dried and hardened, and needed repairs and maintenance are completed. (4/6)

Perkins Clearing / Jessup River Road: The town of Lake Pleasant has closed the gates on Perkins Clearing Road and Jessup River Road to public motor vehicle use for mud season. The roads will reopen once they have dried and hardened, and annual maintenance and repairs are completed. (4/6) The bridge over the Kunjamuk River on the Pine Lakes Road on the Speculator Tree Farm is closed for safety purposes. DEC is developing plans to repair the bridge.

Jessup River Wild Forest: The Oxbow Trail is closed.

Wakely Mountain Fire Tower: remains closed until further notice due to safety concerns with the Wakely Mountain Fire Tower. The fire tower was closed to public access in December 2016 due to structural deficiencies.

EAST CENTRAL ADIRONDACKS
Including North Creek, Indian Lake, Newcomb, Camp Santanoni, Essex Chain Lakes, Hoffman Notch, Hudson Gorge, Jessup River, Siamese Ponds and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

All gates to the Essex Chain Lakes Complex Area are closed for winter. This includes: Chain Lakes Road North, Cornell Road, and Chain Lakes Road South. The outermost parking areas will be used from now until after spring mud season. All other seasonal access roads remain open until conditions warrant their closing.

Eagle Cave -Siamese Ponds Wilderness: Eagle Cave on Chimney Mountain is closed to the public to protect hibernating bats through April 30th.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness: Two foot bridges have collapsed. The 55-foot bridge over the East Branch Sacandaga River on the Botheration Pond Loop Trail has collapsed and cannot be crossed. Do not attempt to scramble over it. During low water, rock hopping is possible. A 30-foot bridge on the Puffer Pond Trail over a tributary to the Thirteenth Lake south of the lake collapsed earlier this year and cannot be crossed.

EASTERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Hammond Pond Wild Forest, the Lake George Valley, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Lake Champlain, Split Rock Wild Forest, and Champlain Area Trails Society Trails
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

* Lake George Wild Forest: Dacy Clearing Road, Lily Pond Road, and Jabe Pond Road are open for public motor vehicle access. (5/10)

* Lake George Wild Forest: Travel along the base of the cliff between the Main Wall and the Carhartt Wall on Shelving Rock Mountain is prohibited to allow nesting peregrine falcons to their young. Use the lower Main Path and Carhartt Path to travel between the two walls. All climbing routes on the Main Wall and the Carhartt Wall are now open. (5/10)

* Lake George Wild Forest: Docks have been installed on the Lake George Boat Launch. (5/3)

Lake George Wild Forest: The Notch Lane gates on the nearby Mount Tom State Forest in the town of White Creek, Washington County are locked and road is closed to public motor vehicle traffic for mud season. The roads will reopen once they have dried, hardened, and annual maintenance and repairs are completed. (4/13)

Lake George Wild Forest: The following seasonal access roads are closed to public motor vehicle use until the end of mud season: Long Pond Road and Palmer Pond Road. The roads will reopen once they have dried, hardened, and annual maintenance and repairs are completed (4/6). Seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands will reopen for public motor vehicle use once they have dried, hardened, and annual maintenance and repairs are completed.

Lake George Climbing Routes: All rock climbing routes on Sleeping Beauty Mountain are closed to allow peregrine falcons to mate and select nesting sites. Once nest sites are identified DEC will reopen routes that will not interfere with nesting activities. (3/29)

Lake George Wild Forest: DEC crews have dismantled and removed the Thomas Mountain Cabin. Crews will return in the spring to rake and complete clean up of the site. The cabin was removed because it did not comply with the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan and was not compatible with the Forest Preserve. Additionally, vandals had started misusing the cabin, such that it had become an attractive nuisance. (12/29)

Lake George Boat Launch: The boat launching ramp at Lake George Beach is operational year round with parking for vehicles with trailers limited to 26 parking spots. Access is free of charge beginning after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day.

SOUTHERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Ferris Lake Wild Forest, Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Silver Lake Wilderness, Wilcox Lake Wild Forest
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

* Northville Boat Launch: The Northville Boat Launch has reopened. (5/9)

* Crane Mountain Climbing Routes: The Amphitheater section and the Main Face of the Black Arches Wall on Crane Mountain remain closed to allow peregrine falcons to nest and raise their young. All other routes on the mountain are open. (5/10)

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest: The cab of the Hadley Mountain Fire Tower and the observer’s cabin are closed and locked for the season.

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DEC Trail Supporter PatchBe sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hiking Safety webpage and Adirondack Trail Information webpage for more information about where you intend to travel. Check the Adirondack Almanack Outdoor Conditions Reports each Thursday afternoon. A map of the Adirondack Park can be found here; active alerts are updated by noon Friday here.

This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled by Adirondack Almanack founder and editor John Warren for publication each Thursday afternoon. John’s condensed version for radio can be heard Friday mornings on WSLP Lake Placid, and the stations of North Country Public Radio.

The NYS 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 help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State.

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