The following are the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.
William C. Whitney Wilderness: The Lake Lila Road has been closed for the winter.
Lake George Wild Forest: Palmer Pond access road is closed starting at the snowplow turnaround due to a failing culvert. Winter parking is allowed before the snowplow turnaround on the right side of the road facing downhill (east side). Please do not park in the snowplow turnaround or block driveways.
High Peaks Wilderness:
- Snow report as of 12/03: 2-3 feet of snow at tree line on Algonquin. The trail to Marcy Dam has light snow but is not yet skiable. There is 4-6 inches of snow in Avalanche Pass. Lake Colden and Avalanche Lake are frozen, however outlets are wide open. There are 14 inches of snow at the Lake Colden Outpost.
- The gate on Coreys Road will remain open this winter but will close in early spring mud season. The road may or may not be plowed, and vehicles cannot block access to Ampersand Park staff. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.
- The Bridge over South Meadow Brook on the Klondike Trail was removed due to a broken stringer and unsafe conditions. Hikers can follow the South Meadow Trail to the Mt, Van Ski Trail to gain access to the Klondike Trail.
- The gate on the access road to the Cascade Lakes Day Use Area is now closed for the winter. DEC installed this gate in 2020 to allow seasonal closure of the unmaintained access road after several motor vehicles became stuck on the hill.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest: Due to icy and impassable road conditions, the entrance gates to the Moose River Plains Camping Area at the Cedar River Flow and Limekiln Lake Road entrances have been closed. The gates will be re-opened for snowmobile season when there is adequate snowpack for snowmobiles to safely use the trails.
Essex Chain Lakes Complex: The gates on Chain of Lakes Road South, which provides access to the Pine Lake Primitive Area, have been closed for the winter season.
Fulton Chain Wild Forest: The Third Lake Creek Trail, also known as the Lake Crossover Road, will have log truck activity on it through the winter of 2021/2022. This trail is the legal right of way access for a private property owner who is having timber management performed on their property.
High Peaks and Giant Mountain Wilderness: Expect snow and ice above 2,500’ elevation and very wet and muddy trail conditions below 2,500’. Some river crossings may be hazardous or impossible. Microspikes and/or crampons are necessary for travel above 2,500’. Expect full winter conditions at higher elevations.
Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page for more trip-planning resources, including travel information, weather resources, and seasonally-specific information about Adirondack recreation.
Check the Weather: Check the forecast for your destination and pack and plan accordingly. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks and Southern Adirondacks Mountain Point Forecasts for select summit forecasts. Check both daytime and nighttime temperatures and remember that temperatures will drop as you gain elevation. Check wind chill temperatures and prepare for colder, windier summits.
Winter Conditions: Be prepared for winter conditions. Snow and ice are now present on many summits. Be prepared with warm, waterproof layers, extra layers, and proper gear for snow and ice, including microspikes and crampons. In the High Peaks Wilderness, snowshoes or skis are required where snow depth exceeds 8 inches. Warmer weather and rain will bring variable conditions to the region this weekend. Remember that conditions will change as you gain elevation, and cool, wet weather poses a significant risk of hypothermia.
Wet and Muddy Trails: Not all trails are covered in snow yet. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud, not around it, to help protect fragile trail edges. Gaiters help keep feet dry and trekking poles provide added stability.
Sharing the Woods During Hunting Season: Hunting and trapping seasons are underway throughout New York State. Recreationists and hunters alike have a responsibility to keep each other safe during hunting seasons. Dress in bright colors such as hunter orange, put bright colors and bells on pets and equipment, and keep pets leashed to discourage roaming. Interfering with or harassing hunters or trappers is illegal. Visit DEC’s website for more safety tips.
Ticks: Ticks may still be present despite colder temperatures. Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to spot ticks easily. 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.
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