Friday, February 12, 2021

Outdoor Conditions (2/12): Ice and snow at McKeever Trail parking lot

outdoor conditions logoThe following are the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

Black River Wild Forest: The Wolf Lake Landing Road in McKeever is a groomed snowmobile trail during the winter. This includes where the McKeever Trailhead Parking Area is located. Vehicles should not attempt to drive into the McKeever Trailhead, nor down the Wolf Lake Landing Road, when the road is covered with snow and/or ice. Multiple vehicles have become stuck when attempting to drive in and needed to be towed out. There is no official winter parking at this location.

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Colden Caretaker Report 02/10/21: Approximately 2 feet 9.5 inches of snow has accumulated at the Colden Caretaker cabin and 5 to 6 feet of snow has accumulated on summits. Snowshoes are needed on all trails, starting at parking lots. All ski trails are skiable. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are windblown with snow drifts.
  • Unstable Snowpack: There have been several reports of unstable snowpack on open slopes. Practice safe travel when crossing exposed areas.

Lake George Wild Forest: The Dacy Clearing Road gate is now open for snowmobiles.

Taylor Pond Wild Forest: The Wilmington Trail, Catamount and Taylor Pond snowmobile gates are open with good snow coverage at this time.

General Notices

Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page for more trip-planning resources, including travel information, weather resources, and seasonally-specific information about Adirondack recreation.

Winter Conditions: Check the forecast for your destination and pack and plan accordingly. Conditions will be more severe on summits, with below freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and strong winds. Take wind chill into consideration when preparing for temperatures. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks and Southern Adirondacks Mountain Point Forecasts for selected summits.

Snow Accumulation: The following provides current snowpack depths in inches as of 02/03/21 at a selection of Adirondack locations. Snow accumulation data is collected every other week. Additional data and interactive maps are available on the National Weather Service website.

  • Northwoods Club Road, Minerva, Essex County: 18.6 inches
  • Goodnow Flow Road, Newcomb, Essex County: 18.8 inches
  • Tahawus/Upper Works, Newcomb, Essex County: 18.2 inches
  • Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb, Essex County: 21.4 inches
  • Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, Essex County: 21.2 inches
  • Lake Colden, Essex County: 27.5 inches
  • Cedar River Road, Indian Lake, Hamilton County: 20.6 inches
  • Sagamore Road, Long Lake, Hamilton County: 20.4 inches
  • Haskell Road, Ohio, Herkimer County: 21.6 inches
  • North Lake Road, Ohio, Herkimer County: 22 inches

Ice Safety: A minimum of three to four inches of solid ice is the general rule for safety. Ice thickness, however, is not uniform on any body of water. Learn more about ice safety.

Snowmobiling: Check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile Webmap, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

Seasonal Access Roads: Most seasonal access roads have closed for the winter season. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information pages for updates on specific road closures. Some roads may remain open if conditions allow.

Prevent the Spread of COVID-19: COVID-19 continues to spread throughout New York State, including in the Adirondacks. Help prevent the spread and keep yourself safe by continuing to Play Smart, Play Safe, Play Local


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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.

One Response

  1. WENDY SANDERS says:

    That is a great place to snowshoe into Bear Lake. Without a place to park, it is inaccessible in the winter.