Wednesday, July 12, 2023

DEC Adirondack Outdoor Recreation Bulletin

A high-water and muddy trails advisory is in effect until further notice: Recent heavy rains have washed out numerous roads, bridges, and trails. The extent of damage is still being assessed. More thunderstorms bringing potential heavy rain are forecast throughout the remainder of the week. Users are advised to avoid recreating near and in streams and rivers due to fast moving currents and floating debris. Users are advised to avoid high elevation trails to protect the thin soils and fragile habitats until things dry out and harden.

This bulletin provides only the most recent notices. Check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for more detailed information on access, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and conditions.

Muddy flooded Whiteface trail

Emergency Situations: If you get lost or injured; keep calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch, 833-NYS-RANGERS.

Welcome to the Adirondacks. The Welcome to the Adirondacks webpage provides information about the Forest Preserve, conservation easement lands, outdoor recreation, and Leave No Trace™.

Love Our New York Lands: All New Yorkers and visitors should be able to access, enjoy, and feel welcome on state lands. While enjoying these shared spaces, be respectful of other visitors. Share trails, treat people with kindness, and leave things as you found them for others to enjoy. All of us have a responsibility to protect state lands for future generations. Learn more about how you can Love Our New York Lands.

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5 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    As usual, I am sure that many so called “environmentalists” will simply ignore these suggestions and flock to high-elevation trails and ruin them. Just close them.

  2. Jeannine says:

    Rob, They will not be ok when they dry out. The reason: people will hike around the trails creating a horrible highway trampling vegetation. Even small hikes such as Castlerock is a nightmare today due to people creating highways around muddy trails. Go take a hike up there in dry weather you will see the devastation! When dry you can see the mess hikers have left behind! It’s devastating!!

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