Friday, March 19, 2021

Outdoor Conditions (3/19): Seasonal roads closed for mud season

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, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

Moose River Plains Complex: Gates on the Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road are closed for mud season.

Lake Desolation State Forest and Conservation Easement: Snowmobile trails in the Lake Desolation area are closed. Trails in northwestern Saratoga County are managed by the Saratoga Snowmobile Association.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness: The seasonal section of the Old Farm Road that leads to the State parking lot is closed for mud season.

Terry Mountain State Forest: The gate on Red Road will close next week.

Taylor Pond Wild Forest: Snowmobile gates within this unit will close next week.

Lake George Wild Forest: Shelving Rock Road, which provides access to the Hogtown parking area, Dacy Clearing, and the Shelving Rock Day Use Area, has been closed for mud season. The gate is approximately 1 mile before the Hogtown Parking area. Private landowners have access beyond this, so do not block the gate. Snowmobile gates in this area are closed as well.

Raquette Boreal Complex: Mud gate closures have begun for the spring mud season. All gates are anticipated to be closed by the end of next week.

Aldrich Pond Wild Forest: Mud gate closures have begun for the spring mud season. All gates are anticipated to be closed by the end of next week.

Bog River Complex: Mud gate closures have begun for the spring mud season. All gates are anticipated to be closed by the end of next week.

Cranberry Lake Complex: Mud gate closures have begun for the spring mud season. All gates are anticipated to be closed by the end of next week.

Grass River Complex:

  • Long Pond Conservation Easement: The Main Haul/Granshue Road is closed through the end of mud season.
  • Grass River, Long Pond, and Tooley Pond Conservation Easements:
    • The St. Lawrence County Multi-use Trail does not reopen for use until May 15, 2021.
    • Be advised that snowmobile trails located on conservation easements within the county may be closing or have already closed. Please check with your local club or visit NYSSA’s website for more information.

Black River Wild Forest: Gates providing access to the following roads and trails are anticipated to close for mud season next week:

  • Loop Road at North Lake;
  • Sand Lake Falls Trail near Loop Road;
  • Beginning of Mill Creek Road near the Bear Creek Parking Area;
  • Beginning of the Chub Pond Trail;
  • Beginning of the Big Woodhull Trail near Shufelt’s Camp;
  • Beginning of the Brandy Lake Trail near Route 28;
  • The opposite end of the Brandy Lake Trail near the Masonic Home Camp;
  • Beginning of the Wolf Lake Landing Road;
  • The opposite end of the Big Woodhull Trail at its intersection with Wolf Lake Landing Road;
  • Both ends of the Otter Lake Connector Trail (the Cohen Road and Airport/Dump Road ends); and
  • Beginning of Nicks Lake Trail at its intersection with Bisby Road.

Fulton Chain Wild Forest: Gates on both ends of the Safford Pond Trail (aka Town of Webb Trail 10) are anticipated to close for mud season next week.

Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement: Gates on both ends of the trail that passes through the easement property are anticipated to close for mud season next week.

Ferris Lake Wild Forest: The following gates are anticipated to close for mud season next week.

  • The gate at the beginning of the Mud-Cranberry Lake Road
  • The gate at the beginning of the Mounts Creek/Mosquito Hill Trail

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Colden Caretaker Report 03/17/21: Approximately 2 feet 7 inches of snow has accumulated at the Colden Caretaker cabin and 4 to 5 feet of snow remains on summits. Snowshoes are still required. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen.
  • Prepare for Variable Conditions: Warm, wet conditions at base elevations will give way to below freezing temperatures, deep snow, and thick ice at higher elevations. Be prepared for all conditions with appropriate gear and extra clothing. Change out of wet clothes to prevent hypothermia. Temperatures will fluctuate throughout the day, with daytime highs in the 50s dropping to lows below freezing at night. Freezing temperatures at night will create more ice and form a hard crust on deep snow.
  • The gate on Coreys Road will remain closed until mid-May.

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: Snow accumulation data is collected every other week at a variety of Adirondack locations. Find the most recent snow accumulation data for the area you plan to visit. Interactive maps are also available on the National Weather Service website.

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: Many trails are closing due to spring conditions. Check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile Webmap, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

Seasonal Access Roads: Many seasonal access roads that have been closed for the winter season will remain closed until the end of spring mud season. Some roads that were opened for snowmobile traffic are beginning to close for spring mud season as well. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information pages for updates on specific road closures and openings.

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. rdc says:

    my driveway/road should be on the “closed” list…

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