Thursday, April 25, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (Apr 25)

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. Carry proper safety equipment and weather protection and bring plenty of water, lights and a map. When on the trail: keep the group together, watch the time, and be prepared to turn back. Accidents happen to the most experienced people. Be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods in freezing temperatures. Always carry food, a 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 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.

April 25th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES

FLOODING – HIGH WATERS: The Lake Champlain basin and the Schroon River are flooding and a Flood Warning remains in effect there.  Waters are running high around the region and should generally begin to recede, but sharp in-bank rises on local streams and rivers are likely, especially at higher elevations and during and after rain events. Plan alternative routes in the event rising afternoon waters make crossings impassable.  The Schroon was just over eight feet at Riverbank Thursday, about a foot above flood stage, and water was surrounding some homes and buildings on Schroon River Road near Pottersville. Persons with interests in flood prone areas along Lake Champlain should take action to protect their property. The combination of wind and wave action will enhance flood effects on windward facing shores, and may cause additional damage to shoreline roads and low lying areas. Check the latest National Weather Service weather watches, warnings and advisories here. Follow the latest river forecasts here and USGS stream gages here.

WINTER TRAIL CONDITIONS: Conditions will be rainy, breezy, and colder this weekend. Despite trailheads barren of snow, deep rotten snow remains at higher elevations, and Saturday night temperatures are expected to be in the lower to mid 30s around the region. Summit daytime temperatures are expected to be only in the 20s this weekend, with wind chills in the single digits. Expect to encounter mud, water, ice and snow on trails, and high waters at crossings. Trails in the High Peaks are muddy at the trail heads and contain snow ridges (monorails). There remains areas of ice and 1-2 feet of snow above about 3,000 feet in the High Peaks and Central Adirondacks, with deeper snow in drifts and sheltered areas. If you are headed to a higher summit, carry snowshoes and traction devices. Before entering the back-country check the latest National Weather Service local weather watches, warnings and advisories here and Mountain Forecasts here.

SNOW COVER: There remains 1-2 feet of snow above about 3,000 feet in the High Peaks through to Central Hamilton County, with deeper snow in drifts and sheltered areas. Snowshoes are required. Skiing and snowmobiling have ended for the season.

SEASONAL ROADS CLOSED: The gates are closed on backcountry roads that are typically closed during mud season. DEC will reopen the roads once any needed maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic. Motor vehicle use during the spring mud season damages roads and results in road opening delays.

BIKE TRAILS: Stewards for the region’s bike trails are asking riders to avoid trails during mud season, follow trail reports closely, and stay off wet trails. Reports of mountain bike trail conditions in the Wilmington Wild Forest, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, and networks in the Adirondack Tri-Lakes Region are reported by BETA on TrailForks.com. Mountain bikers are encouraged to check trail conditions reports before planning a ride.

FIRE DANGER: A ban on open burning is in effect until May 15th throughout New York State. There is an elevated risk of brush fires at this time of year in areas which no longer have snow cover. Check the DEC Fire Danger Risk Map for the latest fire conditions.

LAKES, RIVERS AND STREAMS

FLOODING – HIGH WATERS: Flood Warnings have been issued and lowland flooding is underway in the Lake Champlain Basin and along the Schroon River near Riverbank.  Check the latest National Weather Service weather watches, warnings and advisories here.

PFDs REQUIRED – USE COLDWATER PROTECTION: Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are required to be worn by all people in watercraft less than 21 feet in length between November 1st and May 1st. Some water temperatures remain near freezing and cold water protection should be worn in small boats. With water temperatures in the 30s, a person falling into the water could quickly lose the ability to keep their head above water.

RIVERS AND STREAMS: Rivers and streams are at springtime highs, water temperatures remain mostly in the 30s and intermittent streams are running. Waters draining the snowmelt areas in Central Hamilton County and the High Peaks remain high and the Hudson and Raquette Rivers are running well above normal. Lowland flooding is underway in the Lake Champlain Basin and along the Schroon River near Riverbank, where Flood Warnings have been issued (see above).  River and stream crossings may be difficult or impassible in snowmelt areas, so plan alternative water crossings. Whitewater rafting and paddling have begun. As water temperatures remain mostly in the 30s, a dry suit or other cold water protection is needed, and pfds are required by law through May 1 for everyone in a boat under 21 feet. Check the latest National Weather Service local weather watches, warnings and advisories here.

LAKES AND PONDS: Ice has gone out on all but the most sheltered lakes and ponds. Buoys will start to be put in a few weeks, and boat launch docks have not been installed. The boat launch and parking area at the south end of Schroon Lake is flooded. Beware of obstacles washed into rivers and lakes, including floating docks, logs or other debris. Waters traditionally allowed to drain in the spring are lower, with the notable exception of Great Sacandaga Reservoir.

WATER TEMPERATURES: The following water temperatures were recently reported:

Arbutus Lake, Newcomb (average) – about 39 degrees (4/11)
Lake Champlain (average) – about 39 degrees (4/25)
Lake George (Warner Bay) – 50 degrees (4/25)
Ausable River (Wilmington) – about 40 degrees (4/21)

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 stream gages here.

Moose River at McKeever – 5.39 ft (4/25): 6.46 ft (4/18)
Raquette River at Piercefield – 11.53 ft (4/25): 10.34 ft (4/18)
AuSable River at Ausable Forks – 4.28 ft (4/25): 3.52 ft (4/18)
Hudson River at North Creek – 7.00 ft (4/25): 6.80 ft (4/18)
Schroon River at Riverbank (Route 11) – 8.08 ft (4/25): 7.75 ft (4/18)
Lake Champlain at Whitehall – 100.57 ft (4/25): 99.13 ft (4/18)

SEASONAL AND SAFETY NOTICES

SUN AND MOON SATURDAY: Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:54 am and sunset at 7:53 pm, providing 13 hours and 59 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 2:11 am Saturday morning, and set at 11:34 am, Saturday morning. It will be about 54% 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.

* Snow and Ice: There remains areas of ice and 1 to 2 feet of snow above about 3,000 feet in the High Peaks and Central Adirondacks, with deeper snow in drifts and sheltered areas.  Summit daytime temperatures are expected to be only in the 20s this weekend, with wind chills in the single digits. Expect to encounter mud, water, ice and snow on trails, and high waters at crossings. Trails in the High Peaks are muddy at the trail heads and contain snow ridges (monorails). If you are headed to a higher summit, carry snowshoes and traction devices.

* Mud Season Stewardship: Be prepared for all conditions to protect trails and trailside vegetation: Hike through mud not around it; Use crampons and walk on the monorails of ice and compacted not on trailside vegetation; Snowshoes should be carried on all hikes above 3,000 feet (915 m) and used wherever snow depths exceed 8 inches; Post-holing can occur even on heavily compacted snow as the snow warms, softens, and melts.

** Garden Trailhead Parking Lot Closing Monday (Spring and Summer 2019): The Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead – one of the main access points to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and the nearest trailhead to Johns Brook Lodge – will close on Monday, April 29th to replace the Johns Brook Bridge. No vehicles or pedestrians will be able to cross the bridge. Hikers and backpackers should gain access to the Garden Trailhead by parking at Marcy Field Parking Lot and using the Town of Keene Shuttle between the Marcy Field parking lot and the Garden Trailhead. This will be the only means for accessing the Garden Trailhead during the closure. Public use of the private detour is prohibited. The Town of Keene plans to operate the Shuttle from 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week. The cost will be $10 round-trip per person ($13 Canadian). However, due to the current lack of bus drivers this schedule may be reduced. The town’s website will have the most up to date shuttle schedule. More information about the closure can be found HERE.

* Adirondak Loj Closed: Adirondak Loj is closed to overnight accommodations until May 5th for routine maintenance in preparation for the summer season. The Wilderness Campground, High Peaks Information Center and Front Desk of the Loj remain open.

** Bear Canisters Required: Overnight visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness are required to use bear canisters, which can be rented or purchased at the High Peaks Information Center, or at the Mountaineer in Keene Valley. For more information visit the DEC website.

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.

* Lake Placid Boat Launch Closed: The Lake Placid Boat Launch Site (launch and parking lot) on Mirror Lake Drive is closed to replace the deteriorating bulkhead. The bulkhead is used to load barges with heavy equipment and materials for transport to water-accessible homes and camps on the lake. DEC expects the worked to be finished and the boat launch reopened to boaters by Memorial Day weekend. However, heavy equipment will be not be allowed on the new bulkhead until late June. This will allow the concrete to cure enough to hold heavy equipment without causing damage. For more information on other DEC boat launch sites in Essex County, go to the DEC website: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/23897.html.

* Bradley Pond Trail – Upper Works (4/25): The roadway on the Bradley Pond Trail has been washed out by the Harkness Lake Outlet approximately a half mile from the parking lot. Until water levels drop hikers will be unable to cross the outlet.

* Gulf Brook Road: Gulf Brook Road is closed to motor vehicles, beyond the plowed parking area. Gulf Brook Road will reopen to motor vehicles at the end of mud season in spring.

Elk Lake Conservation Easement Tract: 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: 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.

South Meadow Lane: 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.

Corey’s Road Closed: 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 / Ausable Club: Parking is prohibited along the Ausable Club Road and at the trailhead. Parking is available on Route 73.

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: Stewards for the region’s bike trails are asking riders to avoid trails during mud season, follow trail reports closely, and stay off wet trails. Reports of mountain bike trail conditions in the Wilmington Wild Forest, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, and networks in the Adirondack Tri-Lakes Region are reported by BETA on TrailForks.com. Mountain bikers are encouraged to check trail conditions reports before planning a ride.

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 (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Bog River Complex (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Cranberry Lake Wild Forest (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Lake Lila Road (4/18): Lake Lila Road is closed for mud season. The road will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

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.

* Grass River Wild Forest (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Raquette Boreal Complex: All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Whitehill Wild Forest (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

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.

* DeBar Mountain Wild Forest (4/18): The following roads are closed for mud season: Debar Meadows Road; Debar Pond Road; and Debar Trailhead access (from Meacham Lake Campground).

* Spider Creek (4/11): In 2019 the Department of Transportation will be replacing the culvert on State Route 30 at Spider Creek. Spider Creek is the waterway that flows out of Follensby Clear Pond to Fish Creek Ponds. During the construction watercraft will not be able to pass through the culvert. A temporary canoe carry to bypass the culvert may be established, but people visiting the area should consider using existing canoe routes that avoid this culvert entirely. The culvert may be closed for the entire 2019 construction season. When construction is complete, the culvert can be used once again for paddling.

* Loon Lake Mountain Logging (3/30): Lyme timber is logging the base of Loon Lake Mountain again via Mullins Road. The Loon Lake Mt. trail follows Mullins Road for about 200 yards, soon after the trailhead parking. Be aware of logging trucks.

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.

Connery Pond Road: The gate on the Connery Pond Road is closed, the road is not being plowed. Use the nearby trailhead parking area along State Route 86.

* Bike Trails: Stewards for the region’s bike trails are asking riders to avoid trails during mud season, follow trail reports closely, and stay off wet trails. Reports of mountain bike trail conditions in the Wilmington Wild Forest, Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, and networks in the Adirondack Tri-Lakes Region are reported by BETA on TrailForks.com. Mountain bikers are encouraged to check trail conditions reports before planning a ride.

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.

* Terry Mountain Road (4/18): Terry Mountain Road in the Terry Mountain State Forest is closed for mud season.

* Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain: All rock climbing routes on the Main Face of Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain are closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites except the routes between and including Opposition and Womb with a View, as described on pages 39-45 of Adirondack Rock – A Rock Climber’s Guide.

* Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area: The gate on the access road to the Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area has been closed due to flooding on the road. This WMA sets on the shores of Lake Champlain in northeast corner of the Adirondacks.

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.

* 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.

* Independence River Wild Forest (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Fulton Chain Wild Forest (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness (4/18): All seasonal access roads are closed for mud season. The roads will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

* Road Closures: The following Forest Preserve Access Roads in the Black River Wild Forest have been closed for mud season; Wolf Lake Landing Road (access to Bear Lake and Woodhull Lake), Mill Creek Road (access to the Gull Lake Parking Area), and Loop Road (access to campsites along North Lake). Forest Preserve Access Road gates will be re-opened as conditions permit.

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.

* Cedar River Road (4/18): The Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road (aka the Moose River Plains Road) is closed for mud season. The road will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed. (4/18)

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. A broken foot bridge spanning Lamphere Brook in the West Canada Wilderness was replaced with a new 35-foot bridge in the fall of 2018.

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.

West Canada Lakes Wilderness: Spruce Lake Lean-tos #1 and #2 were restored in 2018 season by volunteer crews from Lean2Rescue.

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 in the summer of 2019. (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.

* Gulf Brook Road (4/18): Gulf Brook Road is closed for mud season. The road will reopen after the frost has thawed, the roads are dry, and any necessary repairs and maintenance are completed.

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.

Essex Chain Lakes Complex: Gates are closed and locked, and all seasonal access roads are closed to motor vehicle use until the end of mud season, including Cornell Road, Deer Pond Road, Chain Lakes Road North, Drakes Mill Road, Camp Six Road, and Chain Lake Road South.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness: 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 (2018).

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.

** Schroon River Flooding (4/18 until further notice): On Thursday, a Flood Warning was issued for the Schroon River at Riverbank until further notice. At 11 AM Thursday the stage was 7.7 feet. Flood stage is 7.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast. The river will continue to fall approaching 7 feet Friday evening before beginning to rise again. At 7.0 feet water is in near by lowlands and outbuildings. Check the latest National Weather Service weather watches, warnings and advisories here.

* Lake George Wild Forest: The gate on the west end of Gay Pond Road is closed for mud season.

* Shelving Rock Road: The Town of Fort Ann has closed Shelving Rock Road. Sleeping Beauty, Shelving Rock, and the Buck Mountain East Trailheads are no longer accessible by motor vehicle.

* Dacy Clearing Road: Dacy Clearing Road is closed for mud season.

* Essex County Northway Bridge Construction; Oversize Truck Detour: Motorists are advised to watch for reduced lane widths on the southbound bridge carrying the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) over Underpass Road in the town of Chesterfield, Essex County, between Exit 34 and Exit 33. As part of this bridge rehabilitation project, southbound oversized trucks will be detoured off the Northway at Exit 34 through mid-July. Southbound oversized trucks should then follow the detour from Route 9N northbound to Route 9 southbound, where they can re-enter the Northway at Exit 33. Also, Underpass Road underneath the Northway will be closed from April 15 through October, with a signed detour posted. Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly through the work zone and to avoid distractions while driving. For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit the 511NY website.

** Warrensburg Road Closures: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Warren County will be conducting Bike Rodeo session on the following dates: Sagamore Street from the crosswalk to about 100 ft past the school on Friday, May 17th from 8 am to noon (rain date is 5/20); Orchard Street from Lawrence Street to the school playground on Tuesday, May 21st from 12:30 to 3:30 pm (rain date 5/23); Big Cross Street from 2nd to 3rd on Tuesday, June 11th from 7 am to noon (rain date 6/12). Use alternate routes on these days. For more information contact Dan Carusone at (518) 668-4881.

* Route 9N Closure, Hague: A short segment of Route 9N (Lakeshore Drive) in Hague is closed until Thursday, May 23, to allow the New York State Department of Transportation to make repairs to a retaining wall. The closure — just south of the Hague town beach park and Route 9N’s intersection with Route 8 — will be between Streeter Hill and Holman Hill Road and Dock Road. During the work, Streeter Hill Road and Holman Hill Road will only be accessible by motorists from the north; Dock Road will only be accessibly from the south. The signed detour from Route 9N involves Warren County Route 11, the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87) between Exit 24 and Exit 25, and Route 8.

** Rock Climbing Routes : The following rock climbing routes are closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites: Shelving Rock Mountain: All routes on Carhartt Wall are closed.. Sleeping Beauty Mountain: All rock climbing routes are closed. Potash Mountain: Potash Cliff: Haley’s Nose (18) and Goes Both Ways (19) as described on page 86 of Adirondack Rock Volume 2, A Rock Climbers Guide, Second Edition, are closed. In addition, the 4th class scramble to access the Pitch 1 ledge of most routes, is closed. All open routes must be led ground-up.

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.

* Crane Mountain: Rock climbing routes on Crane Mountain are closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites as follows: The Amphitheater section of the Black Arches Wall along with routes Hang Time and Black Arch Arête on the Main Wall are closed. All other routes are open.

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.

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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