Thursday, January 10, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Jan 10)

CompassThis weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is compiled each Thursday afternoon and fully updated by Friday afternoon.

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Learn and practice the seven Leave No Trace principles. Carry out what you have carried in. Do not leave gear, food, or other items at lean-tos and campsites. Do not litter. Take the free online Leave No Trace course here.

BE PREPARED! Start slow, gain experience. Always carry proper safety equipment – including plenty of food, water, flashlights, space blanket, emergency whistle, first aid kit, fire making tools, extra clothing layers and socks, and a map and compass – inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. 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.

January 10th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES

WIND CHILL ADVISORY: The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for entire Adirondack Park through Friday morning. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero are expected (-35 on summits) which could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes. A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

WINTER TRAIL CONDITIONS: Prepare for winter conditions, very cold temperatures (daytime highs only 10-20, and nighttime lows of 15 below possible Friday and Saturday night). Trails remain generally icy, with a few inches of fresh snow, though much of the Western Adirondacks, has deep snow from recent Lake Effect snows. That storm system also included high winds, so expect to encounter blowdown, especially in the Western Adirondacks. Trails will be a combination of snow and ice. Several inches of new snow fell Wednesday.  Traction should carried. Snowshoes or skis are generally recommended, and required in the High Peaks Wilderness. Summit winds are expected to be 35-45 mph this Friday, and 10 to 20 mph Sat and Sunday. Wind chills in the minus-30s are forecast for Friday, teens below zero on Saturday, and single digits below zero Sunday.  Skiers and snowmobiles should use prudent speed for icy conditions. Before entering the back-country check the latest National Weather Service local weather watches, warnings and advisories here and Mountain Forecasts here.

SNOW SKI AND SNOWMOBILE REPORT (1/10/2019)

SNOW COVER: The snow pack has been largely refreshed by snow this week, especially in the northwestern part of the Adirondack Park in Southeastern St. Lawrence County, which now has 1 to 2 feet in some areas. There is about 8 to 15 inches of snow across most of the Adirondacks at lower elevations, with 4 to 8 in the Eastern Valleys. There remains deeper snow at higher elevations, especially in Central Hamilton County and the High Peaks Region. There is about three feet of snow at Lake Colden (2,750 feet), and 2-4 feet above about 3,000 feet, in the High Peaks and on other summits. The most recent snow depths in inches reported in around the Adirondacks can be found here.

DOWNHILL FACILITIES: Downhill conditions have improved with new snow this week, but do remain fast in places. Gore and Whiteface got at least a foot of new snow this week. Titus, Whiteface and Gore, will all have about 70% their terrain open, including 100% of the lower mountain at Titus and Burnt Ridge opened last weekend at Gore. Oak Mountain and McCauley Mountain got boost with about a foot of snow over the last week – they both have the majority of their terrain open, as will Mt Pisgah. West Mountain is operating, with night skiing on machine made snow. Big Tupper remains closed. Hickory near Warrensburg will remain closed for the season.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKI REPORT: There are excellent conditions at groomed cross-country ski facilities across the Adirondacks. Everyone picked up 6 to 12 inches this past week, and most terrain is open.  Some of the best conditions will be where the deepest and freshest snow fell Wednesday at the Tupper Lake trails, at Paul SmithsDewey Mountain, Cascade and Mount Van Hoevenberg, but there remains excellent skiing at Garnet Hill near North Creek, and at Lapland Lake near Northville – which already had more snow.

BACK-COUNTRY SKI REPORT: Although use caution on downhill, as there may not bee 100% cover everywhere, most popular backcountry routes are skiable again, including the Jackrabbit Trail, the backcountry road routes, and the approaches to Marcy Dam from Adirondac Loj or the Truck Trail.  Beyond Marcy Dam to Lake Colden is skiable, but rough in places. Marcy and Wright have been skied at higher elevations, but the approaches remain thin. The Garden in Keene Valley in not yet skiable, but the Lake Road to Lower AuSable Lake is, and Gulf Brook and the Newcomb Lake Roads are both in great shape with some new cover.  An update with more detailed conditions in the Tri-Lakes and High Peaks area can be found here, courtesy the Adirondack Ski Touring Council / Barkeater Trails Alliance.

SNOWMOBILE REPORT: Excepting Warren, and Eastern Essex Counties, which remain closed, most snowmobile trails are open and in FAIR to GOOD early season conditions with thin base, and a few inches of cover. Trails are mostly icy, there remain a few water holes, and expect to encounter blowdown from recent storms in the Western Adirondacks. Colder temps on the way for this weekend should help firm up the base.

The C7 Snowmobile Trail (the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor) has reopened, but is not recommended due to the lack of snow. Local clubs have permission to open the trail. The route remains closed south of Sabattis Road and north of Beaver River.

See additional local snowmobile reports below, by region.

LAKES, RIVERS AND STREAMS

THIN ICE: Many waters still have unsafe ice, and some waters have good ice but will be wet and slushy after temperatures in the 40s Friday. Use extreme caution on ice – ice that holds snow, may not hold the weight of a person.

RIVERS AND STREAMS HIGH: Waters around the Adirondacks are above normal for this time of year. Some water crossings may be difficult, but very cold temperatures are expected through the weekend.

STREAM GAGES: Stream gages may be affected by snow and ice. The following streamgage readings were observed on Thursday afternoon. Follow the latest river forecasts here and USGS streamgages here.

Moose River at McKeever – 3.71 ft (1/10): 4.89 ft (1/3)
Raquette River at Piercefield – 7.26 ft (1/10): 7.74 ft (1/3)
AuSable River at Ausable Forks – 2.10 ft (1/10): 2.67 ft (1/3)
Hudson River at North Creek – 4.15 ft (1/10): 5.07 ft (1/3)
Schroon River at Riverbank (Route 11) – 3.94 ft (1/10): 4.63 ft (1/3)
Lake Champlain at Whitehall – 97.50 ft (1/10): 97.71 ft (1/3)

SEASONAL AND SAFETY NOTICES

SUN AND MOON SATURDAY: Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 7:30 am and sunset at 4:36 pm, providing 9 hours and 7 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 10:12 am Saturday morning, and set at 9:07 pm, Saturday night. It will be about 19% illuminated.

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.

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 you encounter hibernating bats while underground, DEC encourages you 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.

KEEP PETS LEASHED: Keep your pet under control. Restrain your pet 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 everywhere in the Adirondack Park for the safety of your dog, the protection of wildlife and rare plants, and out of courtesy to fellow recreationists.

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 (which now includes the former Dix Mountain 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, Lake Placid, and Wilmington
These are recent changes, older changes for this area can be found here.

* Deep Snow – Snowshoes Required (1/9): Snow depths currently range from 12 to 15 inches (15 to 25 cm) in the lower elevations.  Lake Colden Caretaker reports 37 inches (95 cm) of snow at the stake (2,750 feet (838 m) elevation) on Wednesday 1/9. Snow depths above 3,000 feet (914 m) range from 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm).

* Gulf Brook Road (1/10): Gulf Brook Road is skiable, there are a few minor washouts. The road is closed to motor vehicles, and is plowed to the parking area. Gulf Brook Road will reopen to motor vehicles at the end of mud season in spring.

* Elk Lake Conservation Easement Tract (1/10): The trails through the Elk Lake Conservation Easement Tract – to Mt. Marcy via Panther Gorge and to Dix Mountain – are open for public use. However, the Clear Pond Gate is closed for the winter. The Clear Pond Parking Area is two miles from the Elk Lake Trailhead – plan your travels accordingly.

** Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail (10/5): The new Mt. Van Hoevenberg East Trail is now open to public use. The 1.7-mile trail, located in the town of North Elba, Essex County, climbs 920 feet to the 2,940-feet summit of the trail. The trailhead is located the Olympic Sports Complex, while the summit is located in the High Peaks Wilderness.

* Mr. Van Ski Trail (1/3): The Mr. Van Ski Trail is not recommended at this time.

* South Meadow Lane – Marcy Dam (1/10): Skiable. South Meadow Lane is closed to motor vehicle use for the season. Do not block the opening when parking at the entrance. This is used by emergency response vehicles.

* Avalanche Lake / Lake Colden (1/10): Avalanche Ski Trail and Avalanche Pass Trail is skiable condition with some rough areas. Ice on Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake is thin and non-existent around inlets and outlets. Use caution.

Corey’s Road Closed (12/13): The gate on Corey’s Road has been closed to accommodate logging operations in Ampersand Park. Parking is available at Raquette Falls Trailhead.

Adirondack Mountain Reserve: Parking is prohibited along the Ausable Club Road and at the trailhead.

Garden-Porter Mtn. Trail – Cascade Mtn.: The Porter and Little Porter Trail from the Garden in Keene are closed due to the decision of a private landowner. A reroute is being planned. As this will limit access to Cascade via Porter – further crowding the Route 73 Cascade trailhead – approach Porter Mountain via the trail from Marcy Field until the reroute is complete.

Owls Head: Owls Head in Keene is open to hikers mid-week only. The public is prohibited from parking on the private road leading to the trailhead between 4 pm Friday and 7 am Monday. The trail to the summit of Owls Head is not an official DEC trail nor is there an easement for public use of the trail. Public use of the trail is at the landowner’s discretion.

* 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.

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. (2018)

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.

* Aldrich Pond Wild Forest (1/3): Powell Road leading to South Creek Lake often experiences flooded conditions due to beaver activity. Users should exercise caution and be aware of changing road conditions throughout the seasons.

* S78 Snowmobile Trail (12/20): S78 Snowmobile Trail (Grass River Railroad) on the Conifer-Emporium Conservation Easement Tract is closed from Intersection 2 to Conifer. DEC has moved the trail closed signs from C7A to S78 (near Intersection 2). A “No Snowmobiling on Plowed Road” sign is located at the Conifer end of the trail.

* C7 Snowmobile Trail (12/27): DOT has completed repairs to the section south of Lake Lila. The C7 Snowmobile Trail is available throughout the Adirondacks, but may not be rideable due to the lack of snow or other conditions.

Lake Lila Road: Lake Lila Road is closed for the season. The road will be plowed so trucks and other heavy equipment can access and work on the rail corridor near the Nehasane Station. The road will not be skiable until the work is complete.

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 (7/5).

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

* Snowmobile Trail Closures (12/20): S80 Snowmobile Trail (Railroad Grade and the Lake George Haul Road) on the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement is closed from intersection 33 to the Lake George Road. Trail 710 (New Bridge Connector Road) will be shared with logging trucks between intersections 33 and 34. S80A and S80B Snowmobile Trails (Slouch Pond Road, Second Brook Road and the Ticket Trail) located on the Tooley Pond and Grass River Conservation Easement Tracts. Signs and maps have been posted at appropriate intersections.

Raquette Boreal Complex: DEC has improved access and recreational opportunities at Jamestown Falls on the Raquette River along State Route 56. Improvements include: Rehabilitated access road, A hand launch on the river, Information kiosk, and ADA compliant primitive campsite with the following accessibly designed feature: hardened tent pad, picnic table, fire ring, and privy. (8/2)

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.

* C-7B Snowmobile Route (1/3): Gates on the D&H rail bed (C-7B Snowmobile Route) have been opened.

** C-7B Snowmobile Route (1/10): DEC contractors have removed the wooden mats from the tracks between Brandy Brook Lane and North Country Community College. This section of the C7B Snowmobile Trail is open, but check local trail conditions before heading out.

Santa Clara Tract/ Madawaska-Quebec Brook Primitive Area: The following gates are closed Pinnacle Road, Howe Access Road, Four Mile Road, Vanderwalker Road (East Branch St. Regis River), and Madawaska Flow/Quebec Brook.

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest (1/3): The gate on the Connery Pond Road is closed for the season, the road is not being plowed, and is skiable. Use the nearby trailhead parking area along State Route 86.

Loon Lake Mountain Trail: 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. Contact the DEC Ray Brook Office at 518-897-1291 for questions regarding this harvest operation. (2018)

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

Sable Highlands Tract: The gate on Barnes Pond Road is closed until the 2019 Big Game Hunting Season. Hikers and skiers may still use the road to access the six campsites along the road. (12/6)

* 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 the Old Forge Area, 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.

* Stillwater Mountain (12/27): Stillwater Mountain Fire Tower and the trail to it are open to the public.

* Webb-Inlet Snowmobile Trails Systems (1/10): The towns of Webb—Inlet Snowmobile Trail System has GOOD to FAIR conditions overall with 6” of new snow on up to 3” of frozen base. Trail #1 is GOOD all the way to the Brantingham Turnaround. Groomers are at work rebuilding Trail #6 below Thendara. Please use caution and watch for areas of ice and unexpected hazards.

Independence River Wild Forest: Big Otter Lake Road has been rehabilitated up to Tommy Roaring Brook. The road will be temporarily blocked beyond Tommy Roaring Brook until further rehabilitation occurs. (11/7)

Pigeon Lake Wilderness: A permanent reroute has been constructed on the Norridgewock Trail around the area of significant blowdown about 1.5 miles south of Beaver River Station. (9/27)

Black River Wild Forest: Loop Road at North Lake is open for public motor vehicle use to Campsite #18. The road remains closed beyond this point due to a major washout at Golden Stair Creek. DEC plans to install a bridge to replace the former culvert in 2019. (7/12)

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.

Independence River Wild Forest: The Erie Canal Trail Bridge over Otter Creek has been damaged and is closed indefinitely.

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.

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.

* Raquette Lake – Long Lake Snowmobile Trails (1/10): Overall conditions are Good. Received 3-5 inches of additional snow on top of 2 to4 on Wednesday. Groomers are out. Colder temps coming Thursday/Friday should help firm up the base. Expect some open water holes, dirt and rocks popping through in come sections. The latest Long Lake- Raquette Lake Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road / Moose River Plains Road (1/10): The Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road (aka the Moose River Plains Road) and other state designated snowmobile trails are open for use and reported to be in good condition.

* Perkins Clearing / Speculator Tree Farm Easement (1/10): Some snowmobile trails are open, in FAIR to GOOD condition. Trails on adjacent Forest Preserve lands are not rough and not recommended for snowmobiling at this time. The south end of Perkins Clearing Road will be plowed for logging for much of this winter. Snowmobiles will need to used the southern bypass trail.

* Northville-Placid Trail (1/3): A logging operation is occurring on the conservation easement lands along the Northville-Placid Trail south of Tirrell Pond. Logging equipment will be crossing the Northville-Placid Trail at one location. There is a 100-foot buffer on either side of the trail outside of that crossing. Be attentive for logging activity when on that section of trail.

* Newcomb Trail- C7B (1/10): Trail has an ice base with decent snow cover and was groomed Thursday (1/10). Logging is underway on this trail from Long Lake Transfer Station beyond the swamp to about Six Mile Road – it is rough in this section.  The safest time to be ride would be after dark with reduced truck traffic, when snowmobilers are able to see headlights from oncoming vehicles. The latest Newcomb Trail- C7B Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Tupper Trail / Kickerville – C7B (1/10): Ice Base with 2-5 inches snow cover. Overall, improving to good. Groomed. The latest Tupper Trail / Kickerville – C7B Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Sabattis Road C7B (1/10): Good. Bank is shelved by Hamilton County Highway & Groomed shoulder. Groomed on Friday (1/3). See the latest Sabattis Road C7B Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Powerline Trail S80 (formerly known as C8B) (1/10): Good condition, icy in spots. The latest Powerline Trail S80 Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Northpoint Road S80 (1//10) The shoulders and banks have been cut and shelved by Hamilton County on Thursday. The entire length of Northpoint road all the way to the RL Spur Trail/Canoe Carry is cut to AVOID Forked Lake Road.   Follow Northpoint all the way to Long Lake/Powerline trail into town. Expect conditions to get bumpy over the weekend. Looking to freeze shelf and pack snow with riders over the weekend. Please be aware conditions will degrade with increase in riding this upcoming weekend. As it’s early, we are looking for our riders to work with us to pack in the banks and be patient. Some section of the road is narrower and has steep sides in sections.

* Lake Eaton S86 (1/3): Marginal. Not groomed yet. The latest Lake Eaton / S86 Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Train Tracks / c7 Snowmobile Trail (1/10): Marginal. Washout now repaired. Stay tuned. No info. Groomed to the North by St. Lawrence County and to the South by BRASS.

* Forked Lake Road (1/10) not groomed until later in the season.

* 7th Lake Mt. Trail (1/10): Got 4 inches of snow on top of ice base. The latest Seventh Lake Mountain Trail Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

* Uncas Road / Browns Tract / Dump Road (1/10): Good conditions, with 2- 4 inches of snow and ice base. The latest Uncas Road / Browns Tract / Dump Road Snowmobile Trail Conditions can be found here.

Blue Mountain: The access road to the radio towers on Blue Mountain is a private road. The use of the road by people other than authorized personnel with administrative duties is prohibited and is considered trespassing.

Blue Mountain Wild Forest: The following roads are closed to public motor vehicle use: O’Neil Flow Road, Minerva Club Road, and Pickwickett Pond Road. (11/29)

West Canada Lakes Wilderness: Spruce Lake Lean-tos #1 and #2 were restored this season by volunteer crews from Lean2Rescue. (11/15)

Northville-Placid Trail: A broken foot bridge spanning Lamphere Brook in the West Canada Wilderness was recently replaced with a new 35-foot bridge. (10/11)

Otter Brook Truck Trail: Crews from the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Corps cleaned and brushed out an approximate seven-mile section of the Otter Brook Truck Trail from the gate off the Otter Brook Road to a mile east of the intersection with the trail to Lost Pond. DEC expects to clean and brush out the remainder of the trail between the trail to Lost Pond and the Moose River Plains Road next summer. (9/27)

EAST CENTRAL ADIRONDACKS
Including 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.

* Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends (1/10): Three Winter Weekend events at Camp Santanoni have been set for Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, January 19-21; Presidents Day holiday weekend, February 16-18; and the weekend of March 16-17. Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the historic camp properties located in the town of Newcomb in Essex County to rest, tour the buildings, and view interpretative displays.

Goodnow Flow Road: Goodnow Flow Road is a private road beyond the intersection with the Chain Lakes Road North and should not be used by the public.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness (2018): The former site of the 55 foot bridge over the East Branch of the Sacandaga River on the Botheration Pond Loop Trail is now a foot crossing (rock hopping). Hikers may have trouble crossing during times of high water following heavy rain or during spring snow melt. Wear trail crampons and use hiking poles with steel or carbide tips when traversing ice covered rocks. A 30-foot bridge on the Puffer Pond Trail over a tributary to the Thirteenth Lake south of the lake has collapsed and cannot be crossed.

Essex Chain Lakes Complex (11/26): Due to deep snow, all gates are closed and locked, and all seasonal access roads are closed to motor vehicle use for the winter. The closed roads are: Cornell Road, Deer Pond Road, Chain Lakes Road North. Drakes Mill Road, Camp Six Road, and Chain Lake Road South.

Jessup River Wild Forest: The Oxbow Trail has reopened.

* C8 Snowmobile Trail: The C8/Sabael Trail south of Pashley Road has been closed by a property owner, closing for now the connection between Speculator and Indian Lake.

EASTERN ADIRONDACKS
Including Hammond Pond Wild Forest, North Creek, Schroon Lake, 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 (1/3): Due to poor the poor conditions – ice and mud – on Dacy Road, the gate has been closed. DEC will reopen the gate when snow conditions improve.

* Schroon Lake / North Hudson Snowmobile Trails (1/11): Schroon Lake / North Hudson snowmobile trails are now open.

* Warren County Snowmobile Trails (1/10): Snowmobile trails in Warren County are not yet open for the season.

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.

Jockeybush Lake Trail: Hikers on the Jockeybush Lake Trail may have difficulty crossing the Jockeybush Lake Outlet during high waters following periods of rain.

Northville-Placid Trail: A new lean-to was constructed by DEC staff along the trail just north of the West Stony Creek crossing. (9/27)

Northville Placid Trail: The trail is brushy between Silver Lake and Mud Lake and may be difficult to follow in areas. This section is scheduled to cleaned and brushed out in Summer 2019. (9/27)

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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.

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