Friday, November 20, 2020

Outdoor conditions (11/20): Seasonal temps return

This bulletin provides only the most recent notices. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions.

Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 518-891-0235.

Hike Smart by packing the proper gear. See our recommended packing list and safety tips.

Lake George Wild Forest: The Hague Brook Trail off Route 8 in the Town of Hague is currently closed to public use due to unsafe trail conditions along the riverbank.

Hiking Resources

View from Loon Lake Mountain

Be prepared, bring the right gear, and wear the right clothes and shoes to ensure a safe and enjoyable hike. Review Hike Smart NY’s list of 10 essentials, and bring those items on every hike. Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page for more information on planning ahead and preparing.

Special Information for This Week

Bring Winter Gear: Colder temperatures have returned and this time of year you are likely to encounter winter conditions, including ice and snow, at higher elevations. Bring traction devices, such as microspikes or crampons, and other winter gear on all hikes.


  • Approximate Time of Sunrise: 7:00 a.m.
  • Approximate Time of Sunset: 4:24 p.m.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19: New cases of COVID-19 are on the rise throughout much of New York State, including the Adirondacks. Help prevent the spread, and keep yourself safe by continuing to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local. COVID-19 can spread outdoors. Choose hikes in your local area to minimize travel, and discover trails less traveled. Stay home if you are feeling ill or if you have been exposed. Follow social distancing guidelines, and wear a mask in busy parking lots, on crowded summits, when passing others on the trail, and whenever you are unable to maintain a minimum distance of six feet. Learn more about safe and responsible outdoor recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic below.

Keep Our Environment Clean: Help preserve the beauty of the Adirondacks and protect our local wildlife by putting garbage in designated trash cans or taking it home with you. Please do not leave trash, gear, or food scraps behind. Use designated toilets when available, and visit to learn how you can Leave No Trace when going to the bathroom in the woods. Do not graffiti or carve rocks, trees, or backcountry structures like lean-tos or fire towers.

General Notices

Adirondack pond with mountains in background

Travel: Check 511NY for road closures and travel conditions, and status of parking lots along the busy Route 73 corridor. Have back-up plans in place and, if the parking lot at your desired destination is full, move on to your back-up plan.

Weather: Check the National Weather Service or NY Mesonow for current conditions and forecasts for the locations where you plan to recreate. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks and Southern Adirondacks Mountain Point Forecasts for selected summits.

Fire Danger: Never leave campfires unattended. Fully extinguish your campfire before leaving your campsite. Ashes should be cool to the touch. Learn more about campfire safety.

Water Conditions: Water temperatures are very cool. Water levels are average throughout most of the Adirondacks but below average in the northwestern corner of the region. Check the USGS Current Water Data for New York for stream flow of selected waters.

Hunting Seasons: Be seen, stay safe, and show respect during fall and winter hunting seasons. Many small game and big game hunting seasons are open. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails. Please recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists with the legal right to participate in these activities on the Forest Preserve. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare. Hikers may wear bright colors as an extra precaution if it makes them feel more comfortable.

Seasonal Access Roads: Seasonal access roads typically remain open to public motor vehicle traffic through the end of the regular Northern Zone big game hunting season unless weather conditions require an earlier closing. In the winter, many of these roads are snowmobile trails.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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