Thursday, June 13, 2019

Current Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (June 13)

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.

June 13th, 2019 – SPECIAL NOTICES

ROUTE 73 PARKING ENFORCEMENT: New parking rules are in effect and more than 70 tickets were issued last weekend along a four-mile section of State Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb Trailhead. Parking restrictions in the area are being enforced, and can result in a $250 fine and additional court costs.

MUD SEASON: Expect to encounter mud – trails are generally very muddy and showers are expected this weekend. DEC and other trail stewards continue to urge hikers to avoid trails above 2,500 feet to protect trails, soils, and vegetation. Check out this list of Adirondack hikes under 2,500 feet for alternatives. Walk through the mud, not around it; Wear waterproof boots; Pack extra wool socks to keep your feet warm and dry while walking through the mud. Be safe and protect natural resources with these Spring Recreation Tips.

TICKS – BITING INSECTS: Ticks, black flies, and mosquitoes are very active at this time. People and pets are especially susceptible to ticks and other biting insects from mid-May through July. Ticks can carry Lyme disease as well as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Powasson virus. Follow these steps to minimize the nuisance of biting insects: Wear light colored long sleeve shirts and long pants; Tuck shirts into pants, button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist, and tuck the bottom of pant legs into your socks; Pack a head net to wear when insects are abundant; and use an insect repellent. More tips to avoid getting bit can be found here. While tick bites can happen year-round, even on 40-plus degree days in the winter, both people and pets are especially susceptible in mid-May through July, when nymphs are out seeking a host. The young ticks are small and more difficult to spot. More information on ticks can be found here.

SEASONAL ACCESS ROADS: Most seasonal access roads are open while a few remain closed for mud season. Check the Recent Changes below for the status of specific seasonal access roads. Seasonal access roads are dirt and gravels roads that can be rough. Roads may be narrow – use caution, drive slowly, and watch for oncoming vehicles. Four-wheel drive SUVs, pick-up trucks, and other high clearance vehicles are recommended for driving on these roads.

LAKES, RIVERS AND STREAMS

WATERS HIGH, POWERFUL CURRENTS: Waters everywhere remain above, or well above normal, for this time of year. Rivers and streams can have powerful and dangerous currents, even at familiar swimming holes. Some crossings may be difficult or impassable, so plan alternative routes. Docks have been installed at most boat launches and danger and warning buoys have been installed. Beware of obstacles washed into rivers and lakes, including floating docks, logs or other debris from higher springtime waters. Some water temperatures remain cold, wear a pfd.

The following streamgage readings were observed on Thursday afternoon. Follow the latest river forecasts here and USGS stream gages here. Check the latest National Weather Service local weather watches, warnings and advisories here.

Moose River at McKeever – 3.84 ft (6/13): 4.34 ft (6/6)
Raquette River at Piercefield – 7.92 ft (6/13): 8.12 ft (6/6)
AuSable River at Ausable Forks – 2.54 ft (6/13): 5.99 ft (6/6)
Hudson River at North Creek – 4.74 ft (6/13): 5.72 ft (6/6)
Schroon River at Riverbank (Route 11) – 4.72 ft (6/13): 4.62 ft (6/6)
Lake Champlain North of Whitehall – 98.78 ft (6/13): 99.60 ft (6/6)

WATER TEMPERATURES: Some water temperatures remain in the lower 50s, but most are now in the mid-50s to lower-60s, with the warmest waters reaching 70 degrees. Pfds are recommended. Even with water temperatures in the 50s, the cold water shock from unexpected immersion can lead to life threatening conditions, especially in remote areas.

The following water temperatures were recently reported:

Arbutus Lake, Newcomb (average) – about 56 degrees (6/13)
Lake Champlain (average) – about 57 degrees (6/13)
Lake George (Warner Bay) – 65 degrees (6/13)
Ausable River (Wilmington) – about 58 degrees (6/10)
Mirror Lake (Lake Placid) – 56 degrees (6/13)

PADDLERS: Always wear a personal flotation device (PFD) (required before May 1). Water temperatures are cold. A person in the water can quickly lose the ability to keep their head above water. Use caution entering and exiting your canoe or kayak. Heed high water warnings and find a safer alternate route or trip. Expect high water levels and swift currents. Research your trip ahead of time and heed any warnings or advisories for select paddling routes. Watch closely for trees, branches, rocks and debris both above the surface and underwater.

SEASONAL AND SAFETY NOTICES

SUN AND MOON SATURDAY: Sunrise Saturday in Lake Placid will be at 5:11 am and sunset at 8:41 pm, providing 15 hours and 31 minutes of sunlight. The Moon will rise at 7:02 pm Saturday night, and set at 4:45 am, Sunday morning. It will be about 98% illuminated.

FIRE DANGER: The fire danger is LOW. Check the DEC Fire Danger Risk Map for the latest fire conditions.

LIGHTNING: Thunderstorms happen at this time of year. There is NO safe place outside in a thunderstorm, follow local weather closely and avoid storms. You should never be above treeline or on water when there is lightning. Hundreds of people are killed or permanently injured each year by being struck by lightning. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance and should seek safe shelter immediately. If you are caught outdoors away from the safety of cars or buildings, then avoid open fields, hill-tops, and isolated trees, and stay away from water. Check the latest National Weather Service local weather watches, warnings and advisories here and Mountain Forecasts 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.

BIKE TRAILS: Stewards for the region’s bike trails ask riders to 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.

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.

REPORT MOOSE SIGHTINGS: DEC is asking the public to report moose sightings and observations. DEC and its research partners use these public sightings as indices of moose distribution and abundance in New York. This is part of a multi-year research project to obtain information on the status of New York State’s moose population, health of the moose, and the factors that influence moose survival and reproductive rate. Use the moose sighting form.

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.

** Avoid Higher Elevation Hikes: DEC and other stewards urge hikers to avoid trails above 2,500 feet to protect trails, soils, and vegetation. Check out this list of Adirondack hikes under 2,500 feet for alternatives. Walk through the mud, not around it- walking through the mud keeps the pressure in the center of the trail which is designed to take the use. By walking around mud or puddles, trailside vegetation becomes damaged or removed, and softer portions of the trail erode which can create unwanted wider trails. Widened trails mean less habitat for wildlife and insects and more damage to tree roots and vegetation. Wear waterproof boots – Having the proper equipment means you don’t have to choose between walking down the center of the trail or walking around the mud to protect your feet. Choose to walk down the center of the trail, through the mud. Pack extra wool socks – Every boot has its limit on very wet trails.

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.

** Route 73: Parking is prohibited, and more than 70 tickets were issued during the first weekend of serious enforcement, on a four-mile section of State Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb Trailhead. Parking will still be allowed at trailheads and other designated pull-offs. DEC encourages hikers to discover and visit the other numerous hiking opportunities in the area or visit on weekdays when there is less demand. Hikes Outside the Adirondack High Peaks lists a dozen nearby alternate hikes.

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.

South Meadow Lane: South Meadow Lane is open for public motor vehicle use.

** 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 Trailhead Parking Lot Closed (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 is closed to replace the Johns Brook Bridge. No vehicles or pedestrians are 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 has the most up to date shuttle schedule. More information about the closure can be found HERE.

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.

Adirondack Mountain Reserve / Ausable Club: Parking is prohibited along the Ausable Club Road and at the trailhead. Parking is available on Route 73.

** 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.

Lake Placid Boat Launch: The Lake Placid Boat Launch Site (launch and parking lot) on Mirror Lake Drive has reopened to boaters. 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.

Boreas Ponds: DEC is working in June and July to provide additional access and recreational infrastructure on the Boreas Ponds Tract. Gulf Brook Road is open to the Fly Pond Parking Area on weekends only. Hikers, bicyclist, and horseback riders are able to use the road during the week but must use caution in construction areas and obey all instructions from workers.

Clear Pond Gate – Elk Lake Road: The trails through the Elk Lake Conservation Easement Tract – to Mt. Marcy via Panther Gorge and to Dix Mountain – are open for public use.

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.

Corey’s Road: Corey’s Road is open for public motor vehicle use.

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.

Croghan Conservation Easement Tract: Main Haul Road on the Croghan Conservation Easement Tract, which provides access to western portion of the tract, is open to public motor vehicle use.

Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest: Bear Pond Road on the Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest is open to public motor vehicle use.

Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tract: All seasonal access roads on Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tract are open to public motor vehicle use.

* Aldrich Pond Wild Forest (6/13): All seasonal access roads, including Streeter Lake Road, are open to public motor vehicle access.

* Bog River Complex (6/13): All seasonal access roads are open to public motor vehicle use including the access road to Lows Lake/Hitchens Pond Waterway Access Site.

Lake Lila Road: Lake Lila Road is open for public motor vehicle use. Do not trespass on adjacent private lands.

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 Complex: The Pleasant Lake Access Road on the Grass River Conservation Easement Tract and the Allen Pond and Spruce Mountain Access Roads on the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement are all open to public motor vehicle use. The roads are in reasonable but no maintenance has been done at this time. Only high clearance vehicles are appropriate for use at this time. Caution should be used when driving on the roads.

Allen Pond Road: Allen Pond Road on the Tooley Pond Conservation Easement Tract is open to public motor vehicle use. The public can now access the parking area and trail to the Allen Pond.

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.

Connery Pond Road: Connery Pond Road is open for public motor vehicle use.

Pinnacle Road: Pinnacle Road is open to public motor vehicle use.

DeBar Mountain Wild Forest: The Debar Meadows Road and the Debar Mountain Trailhead road are open for public motor vehicle use.

* Kushaqua Tract (6/6): The following roads are open for public motor vehicle use: North Branch Road; Hunter’s Camp Road; Aden Road; and Road 5-2. Mountain Pond Road remains closed due to muddy conditions.

Spider Creek – Route 30 Culvert: 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 (6/8): Logging operations have ended.

* Santa Clara Tract/ Madawaska-Quebec Brook Primitive Area (5/23): The following roads are open for public motor vehicle use: Madawaska Pond Road; Vanderwalker Road (East Branch St Regis River); Pinnacle Road; 4-Mile Road; Howe Access Road; and Elephant Head Road on the nearby Titusville Mountain State Forest.

* 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.

* Sable Highlands Tract (5/23): Piney Ridge Road and D&H Road are open to public motor vehicle use. Both roads have some minor washouts, but should be passable by four-wheel drive SUVs, pick-up trucks, and other high clearance vehicles. There also some trees bent or handing over the road. Drivers should use caution and proceed slowly

* Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain (6/6): All climbing routes on Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, including those on the Main Face, are open. Peregrine falcons have been observed but there is no nesting activity on the Main Face. Be alert and report any sightings of peregrine falcons.

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: 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.

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.

Cary Lake Road: Cary Lake Road is open to public motor vehicle use.

* Nicks Lake Campground: The Nicks Lake Campground and Day Use Area in Old Forge has reopeend.

* Black River Wild Forest Trails (5/30): Wolf Lake Landing Road which provides access to Bear Lake and Woodhull Lake is open to public motor vehicle use to the gate just before Woodhull Lake. Beaver Lake had flooded and damaged the road. Roadway may still be soft in places, stay in the center of roadway surface. The bridge across the inlet to Bear Lake on the Bear Lake Trail is currently out, all users should be prepared to ford the stream or cross elsewhere. 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 Roads (5/16): All seasonal access roads are open for public motor vehicle use.

Independence River Wild Forest Trails: The Erie Canal Trail Bridge over Otter Creek has been damaged and is closed indefinitely. Horses may ford Otter Creek at the old bridge site.

Fulton Chain Wild Forest: 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 Roads: 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 Trails: 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.

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)

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.

* Blue Mountain Wild Forest (5/30): Pickwickett Pond Road is open to public motor vehicles. Minerva Club Road and O’Neil Flow Road remain closed for mud season.

* Northville-Placid Trail (5/23): DEC has announced the opening of the new 2.2-mile spur trail connecting the 134-mile Northville-Placid Trail to the hamlet of Long Lake in Hamilton County. The spur trail provides ease of access to food, supplies, and lodging for backpackers through-hiking the NPT and enhances the local economy. Located in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, the spur trail connects with the NPT approximately 1.9 miles south of Route 28N. The connection is marked with yellow trail markers. The trail terminates at a gravel parking lot at the intersection of State Route 30/28N, South Hill Road, and Pavilion Lane. Overall, using the spur trail eliminates an estimated 1.4 miles of hiking, including 1.3 miles of hiking on the shoulder of the state highway. In the winter, cross-country skiers can ski from Long Lake to the Three Brook Ski Loop Trail along the NPT and back for a pleasant 5.5-mile round trip ski.

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.

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.

Cedar River Road: The Town of Indian Lake has opened the Cedar River Road to the Cedar River Flow for public motor vehicle use, and from the Limekiln Lake Entrance to just east of the Lost Ponds Trailhead at Campsite 39. Cedar River Road remains closed between the Cedar River Entrance and Campsite #39.

* Otter Brook Road: Otter Brook Road is open to public motor vehicle use.

* Speculator Tree Farm Tract: All seasonal access roads are open to public motor vehicle use including the first two miles Robbs Creek Road.

* Perkins Clearing Tract: All seasonal access roads are now open to public motor vehicle use.

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.

* Essex Chain Lakes (6/6): All designated seasonal access roads are open to public motor vehicle use.

* Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest (6/13): The new Wolf Pond Trail and Wolf Pond Lean-to are open to public use. The 2.3-mile Wolf Pond Trail may be access from Boreas River/Wolf Pond Parking Area on the Blue Ridge Road near the bridge over the Boreas River.The gently rolling and easy to navigate trail crosses Wolf Pond Brook and proceeds northeast. The trail ends at the outlet of Wolf Pond and the new lean-to is located up a short spur trail on the south-western side of the pond. Wolf Pond provides scenic views of the High Peaks and surrounding mountains as well as excellent fishing opportunities. The 59-acre pond is home to stocked wild strain brook trout.

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: 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.

* Lake George Wild Forest (5/30): Gay Pond Road is closed due to the large amount of blowdown on the road caused by a recent wind event.

* Dacy Clearing Road: Dacy Clearing Road has reopened.

Goose Pond Trail: The bridge over Alder Brook on the Goose Pond Trail has been repaired and is ready for use.

* Shelving Rock Road: Shelving Rock Road has reopened.

* 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 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.

* 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.

Wilcox Lake Wild Forest (5/30): Pumpkin Hollow Road remains closed for mud season.

Ferris Lake Wild Forest: Powley Road is open and passable. It is still soft in spots – some soft spots are marked hazardous. Drivers should use 4-wheel drive vehicles and use caution.

Silver Lakes Wilderness: West River Road which provides access into the Whitehouse area is open.

* 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 has been constructed by DEC staff along the trail just north of the West Stony Creek crossing. (2018)

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. (9/27/2018)

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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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Stories under the Almanack's Editorial Staff byline come from press releases and other notices.To have your news noticed here at the Almanack contact our editor John Warren at adkalmanack@gmail.com.




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