Friday, June 28, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (6/28): Reminder to plan ahead, bring proper equipment while hiking

outdoor conditions logoKnow Before You Go (as of 6/27):

The following are only the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry webpages for a full list of notices, including seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

NEW THIS WEEK

Nothing to report.

LAST WEEK

  • Road Work in Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easements, Jessup River Wild Forest and West Canada Lakes Units: During the week of 6/24, Jessup River Road will have delays due to culvert and road work near the first Miami river bridge. The road is not closed, but travelers going to the Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower, West Canada Wilderness, and Spruce Lake may experience delays as DEC crews repair the road. (6/18/24)
  • Cranberry Lake Wild Forest Easement Closure: As of Friday, June 14, the Massawepie Conservation Easement is closed to public use for the season. During this time, access to the Conifer-Emporium Conservation Easement is still permitted via the Massawepie/Townline Road.

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Fire Danger: Check the fire rating map for daily updates.

Temperatures: These are forecast temperatures for base elevations throughout the region.

Weekend temperatures in the region are expected to produce lows in the lower-50s at night and highs in the mid-70s during the days, with rain showers on Saturday and Sunday.

Check the National Weather Service’s Mountain Point Forecast for more accurate forecasts at elevation on or near your intended route.

Reminder: These forecasts are for low elevations. Anticipate losing 5 degrees Fahrenheit for every 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

Even with sunny skies, inclement weather is always a possibility and can change very quickly. Remember – hypothermia is always a risk in wet conditions, even when it feels warm outside. Be prepared with extra dry layers and keep an eye on the weather.

Conditions: Conditions are typical for this time of year in the Adirondacks. With water levels slightly higher than average in certain areas, and rain forecasted this weekend, expect parts of trails to be soft or muddy.

Sunrise/Sunset: Sunrise = 5:14 a.m.; Sunset = 8:42 p.m. Pack at least one headlamp (two headlamps recommended) even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset. Phone batteries drain quickly and are discouraged.

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.

Seasonal Road Closures: See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.

Water Crossings: Water levels are mostly average for this time of year in the Adirondack region. Expect water levels to rise with new rainfall. Check the USGS Current Water Data for New York for stream flow of selected waters. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs aka lifejackets) are strongly recommended.

General Notices:

Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry page for more trip-planning resources.

Adirondack Mountain Reserve: From May 1 through Oct. 31 (2024), reservations are required to access the parking lot, trailheads, and trails located on the privately owned 7,000-acre AMR property in the town of Keene in the Adirondack High Peaks region. For a list of frequently asked questions, visit AMR’s website

Adirondack 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) 623-1250.

Mount Colden Trapdike: The trapdike is considered a technical climb and not a hike. Climbers should be prepared with helmets, ropes, and climbing gear to ascend this route. Hikers looking to summit Mount Colden should do so via the hiking routes. Attempting to climb the trapdike unprepared can result in a rescue operation, serious injury, or death.

Bear Canisters Required: NYSDEC requires the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-resistant canisters throughout the Adirondack backcountry. Bear canisters should be used to store all food, food garbage, toiletries, and other items with a scent. Canisters should be stored a minimum of 100ft from tents, lean-tos and cooking sites and kept closed whenever they are not being accessed. Learn more about bear canisters and avoiding human-bear conflicts.

No Overnight Camping at Trailheads: Overnight camping is not permitted at trailheads or other roadside locations where a camping disc is not present. This includes individuals sleeping in cars, vans, and campers. Campers should seek out designated roadside campsites marked with a “Camp Here” disc or open campgrounds. When camping, always carry out what you carry in and dispose of trash properly. Use designated bathroom facilities, pack out human and pet waste, or dig a cat hole.

Travel: Plan on arriving at your destination early and have several back-up plans in place in case parking at your desired location is full. Check recent notices for road closure announcements.

Ticks: We do have ticks in the Adirondacks! 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.

Photo Contest Submissions Due This Week

Reminder: Pride month submissions should be emailed to social@dec.ny.gov by Sunday, June 30 with the subject line “LONYL Photo Contest.” Full name, the DEC land where the image was taken (if applicable), and Instagram/social media handle should also be included. Themes for future months of the contest will be announced later this summer.

Learn more information about the new ‘Love Our New York Lands’ Photo Contest.

Safety and Education: How Long Does a Rescue Take?

While we should all try to be prepared and stay safe in the backcountry, accidents happen. Search and rescue in a wildland setting is complicated, and it may take DEC Forest Rangers several hours to reach you. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and bring the proper equipment that would allow you to stay where you in case of an emergency.

Did you know that every mile into the backcountry adds around 2.5 hours to the total rescue time?

Adirondack trails usually do not support motorized equipment, and helicopters or other vehicles cannot always be deployed. This means that most rescues are performed by Forest Rangers on foot. Rangers carry each piece of rescue equipment into the backcountry—a difficult task on Adirondack trails.

By packing the Hike Smart NY 10 Essentials (shown below) every time you go into the backcountry, you can be prepared for the unexpected with extra insulation, emergency shelter, plenty of food, and water to last until help arrives.

Whether you are hiking, mountain biking, or paddling, Hike Smart NY can help you prepare with a list of 10 essentials, guidance on what to wear, and tips for planning your trip with safety and sustainability in mind.

10 hiking essentials

Leave No Trace – Geo-tagging (The 8th Principle)

With the 4th of July coming up, the Adirondacks will likely be a little busier than usual.

If you’re planning on coming up to the Adirondacks for a hike, consider the following prior to geo-tagging your location onto a social media post:

  • Many in your audience may be unfamiliar with the location and could use your post to determine what to expect during a visit. For that reason, share content that depicts all participants demonstrating safe actions and following legal regulations.
  • Before you post, consider if the people shown in your photos are setting a good example by practicing the Seven Principles of Leave No TraceTM.
  • Would the place you are geo-tagging withstand the added traffic your post might attract? If not, consider leaving the geo-tag off or just using a general geo-tag, such as “Adirondack Mountains.”

Your posts have the power to inspire the change you wish to see. As you venture into the comments, remember that everyone that ventures into the great outdoors has a different experience. Be considerate of other users—bullying and shaming have no place in the Leave No Trace™ community!

Follow the Seven Principles of Leave No TraceTM to maintain minimal impact on the environment and the natural resources of the Adirondacks.

mountain view

NYS DEC photo.

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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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