Monday, April 19, 2021

Outdoor conditions: Seasonal road updates

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.

McKenzie Mountain Wilderness: Moose Pond Road is now open.

Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest: Moose Pond Club Road is temporarily closed for repairs. No parking is allowed by the gate, as administrative access for repairs will need to remain open. Visitors can park across the Boreas River Bridge on old Rt 28N, and access the road on foot from there.

Black River Wild Forest:

  • The gate is now open on North Lake Loop Road.
  • The gate is now open on Mill Creek Road.

Ferris Lake Wild Forest: Powley Road is closed for mud season.

Rock climbing closures

DEC closes certain rock climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect nesting peregrine falcons. For a full list of closures, visit Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures.

Once peregrine nest sites are determined, climbing routes that will not disturb nesting will be reopened. Routes that remain closed will reopen after the young have fledged. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

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.

Fire Danger: Adirondack Park & Champlain Region – Low

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.

Early Season Muddy Trails Advisory: DEC has released an early season muddy trails advisory urging hikers to postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened. As snow and ice continue to melt at high elevations, steep trails can pose a danger due to thick ice and deep, rotten snow. Thin soils are susceptible to erosion and sensitive alpine vegetation can be easily damaged. Until conditions improve, explore lower elevation trails close to home and enjoy other forms of recreation. Visit the DEC website for a list of alternate Adirondack day hikes.

Water Levels: Streams and rivers are open and many are running high. Use caution at crossings and on trails along fast-flowing brooks and rivers. Where bridges are not available, do not attempt stream crossings during periods of high, fast moving water. The stream water is very cold and falling in can lead to immediate hypothermia.

Ticks: Ticks are already becoming a concern this time of year. Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. Wear enclosed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. Check clothes and any exposed skin frequently for ticks while outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, well-traveled trails and walk in the center of trails. Avoid dense woods and bushy areas. Additional tips for tick prevention.

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. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information pages for updates on specific road closures and openings.

NYSDEC & AMR Pilot Reservation System: DEC and the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) launched a no-cost pilot reservation system to address public safety at a heavily traveled stretch on Route 73 in the town of Keene. AMR is a privately owned 7,000-acre land parcel that allows for limited public access through a conservation easement agreement with DEC. The pilot reservation system does not apply to other areas in the Adirondack Park. No-cost reservations will be required May 1 through Oct. 31, 2021 for parking, daily access, and overnight access to trails through the AMR gate and the Noonmark and Round Mountain trailheads accessed through the AMR property. Visitors can make reservations now for hikes through May 22. Beginning May 7, reservations will be available for dates a maximum of two weeks out. Walk-in users without a reservation will not be permitted. For a complete list of frequently asked questions, please visit

Summer Employment Opportunities:

  • High Peaks Trail Crew: DEC is currently hiring trail crew members to work in the High Peaks Wilderness from May through October, 2021. Both supervisor and laborer positions are available. Previous backcountry trail work experience is required. For more information or to submit an application, email [email protected].
  • Public Outreach Internship: Based out of the Region 5 headquarters in Ray Brook, interns will play an active role in educating the public on safe and sustainable recreation. This is an ideal opportunity for those who are social media savvy, have experience with multi-media projects, feel comfortable with face-to-face interactions or simply share a love for the outdoors and protecting our lands. For more information and to apply, visit:
  • DEC Seasonal Employment: Summer Recreation operates 44 public campgrounds and five day-use areas throughout the Adirondacks. Jobs will typically start the last part of May and run through Labor Day or Columbus Day. Find more information on positions available and learn how to apply.

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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