Friday, March 26, 2021

Outdoor conditions (3/26): Flood watch in effect

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.

Northern Adirondacks: There is a flood watch in effect for the northern regions of the Adirondacks this weekend. Heavy rainfall combined with continued snowmelt is expected to swell rivers and waterways. Use extreme caution when driving or walking near waterways and at water crossings. Do not attempt to drive through flooded roads or flooded waterways.

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Colden Caretaker Report 03/24/21: Approximately 2 feet 4 inches of snow remain at the Colden Caretaker cabin and up to 5 feet of snow remain on summits. Snowshoes are still required. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen, but outlets are unstable.
  • Prepare for Variable Conditions: Warm, wet conditions at base elevations will give way to 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. Freezing temperatures at night will create more ice and form a hard crust on deep snow.

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest: All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week.

Debar Mountain Wild Forest: All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week.

Sable Highlands CE/Chateaugay Woodlands:

  • The gates at both ends of Liberty Road are closed for mud season.
  • The gate on Cobble Hill Road is closed for mud season.

Kings Bay Wildlife Management Area: The gate that provides winter access for ice fishing on Catfish Bay has been closed for the season.

Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement: The gates on Perkins Clearing Road and Jessup River Road are now locked for mud season. These gates typically re-open in late May.

Essex Chain Lakes Complex: Snowmobile trail C8A is now closed for the season.

Independence River Wild Forest: All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week, including those on the Three Lakes Conservation Easement.

Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest: All snowmobile trail gates in the unit will be closed this week, including those on the Croghan and Oswegatchie Conservation Easements.

Black River Wild Forest: Gates providing access to the following roads and trails have been closed for the spring mud season:

  • Bisby Road, Nicks Lake Trail
  • Wolf Landing Road, McKeever Trail Head
  • Wolf Landing Road and Big Woodhull Trail intersection
  • Otter Lake connector (two gates)
  • Brandy Lake trailheads (two gates)
  • Bear Creek Rd trailhead
  • Chub Pond trailhead
  • Mill Creek Rd/Big Woodhull Trail intersection

High Peaks Wilderness: The gate on Coreys Road will remain closed until mid-May.

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 Redd Road is closed.

Taylor Pond Wild Forest: Snowmobile gates within this unit are closed.

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: Seasonal access gates are closed for mud season.

Aldrich Pond Wild Forest: Seasonal access gates are closed for mud season.

Bog River Complex: Seasonal access gates are closed for mud season.

Cranberry Lake Complex: Seasonal access gates are closed for mud season.

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:

  • Loop Road at North Lake
  • Sand Lake Falls Trail near Loop Road

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

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

Ferris Lake Wild Forest: The following gates are closed for mud season.

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

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 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. As temperatures warm and ice begins to melt, use extreme caution, especially at outlets.

Snowmobiling: Many trails are now closed 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.

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