Thursday, April 2, 2020

Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (4/2): #RecreateLocal

  • HIKE SMART NY by always being prepared for your trip, variable trail conditions, and unexpected weather when you go out on the trail.
  • The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has recommendations for responsible outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • All DEC Campgrounds remained closed at this time, including campsites, boat launches, day use areas, roadways and other facilities. The public is prohibited from being in any DEC campground for any purpose at this time.
  • DEC boat launches not within campgrounds are open for launching and retrieving boats. Docks are currently being installed at these boat launches. Bathrooms associated with boat launches remain closed.
  • All DEC-controlled fire towers are closed to the public to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 during the current public health crisis. Trails to the towers and the summits remain open.

  • Seasonal access roads are closed for the spring mud season. The roads will reopen to public motor vehicle use once they have thawed, dried and hardened and all necessary repairs and maintenance are complete.
  • Trails are a mix of mud, ice and snow. Mud and ice are present at low to moderate elevations, and there is still deep snow in the highest elevations. Trail crampons and snowshoes are still recommended for all hikes.
  • Ice is thin. No ice should be considered safe at this time.
  • Water levels in streams and rivers are high, currents are swift, and water temperatures are extremely cold.

This weekly report of outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks is sent out from the NYS DEC.

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