Posts Tagged ‘outdoor conditions’

Friday, February 9, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (2/9): Rising temps this weekend, signs of avalanche

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

  • Closed Snowmobile Trails: As of 2/8, snowmobile trails in certain areas of the Adirondacks have been CLOSED due to inadequate trail conditions. Visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information. As always, snowmobile access is dependent on conditions and can change quickly.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/26): Proper trail etiquette on Rail Trail, other multi-use trails

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (1/24): The following report describes conditions as of Wednesday, 1/24. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 80cm (31in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn. The lakes are in, but the ice is thin near the bridge and outlets/inlets. The ski trail is in very good condition.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/19): Knowing the signs of frostbite

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (1/18): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 1/18. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 89 cm (35in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn where snow depths exceed 8 inches, which as of 1/17 was beyond Marcy Dam. Microspikes/crampons are needed. The lakes are in.
  • Open Snowmobile Trails: As of 1/18, most snowmobile trails are now open; but visitors are advised to plan ahead and check local club, county, and state webpages and resources, including the NYSSA Snowmobile web map, for up-to-date snowmobile trail information.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/12): Warning signs of hypothermia

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • The bridge across Little Woodhull Creek on the Stone Dam Trail is out. (1/9)
  • Big Otter Lake Road has washed out and is impassable ¼ mile from the Partridgeville Road. The road is temporarily blocked at this location. (1/10)

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Outdoor Conditions (1/5): Interior gate to AuSable Point campsites locked due to flooding

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • AuSable Point Gate Closure: As of 1/2/24, the interior gate to the campsites at AuSable Point is locked. Flooding has covered the loops and vehicle traffic has been restricted to prevent further road damage. Use of the Day Use beach area parking lot has not been restricted and foot traffic is welcome beyond the closed vehicle gate.

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/29): Stay Dry with Shell Layers

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Friday, December 22, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/22): Extensive trail washouts, high water throughout ADKs

outdoor conditions graphicThe 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

  • Snow Report (12/21/23): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 12/21. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 28cm (11in) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin. Snow levels vary at higher elevations. Conditions now require snowshoes to be worn where snow depths exceed 8 inches. Microspikes and crampons are needed. Due to heavy rains, there is no ice coverage on the lakes.
  • Wet and Dangerous Conditions Advisory: The Adirondacks are experiencing extensive trail washouts and dangerous high water. Washouts occurred even in front country areas; all recreationists should plan ahead, avoid water crossings, and anticipate dynamic trail conditions including washouts and icy trails. See DEC’s Wet and Dangerous Conditions Advisory for more info.
  • Seasonal Road Closures: Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.
  • Snowmobile Trails Remain Closed: With recent heavy rains and the lack of snowpack in most areas, snowmobile trails remain closed.

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Friday, December 15, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/15): Moose River Plains gates open for snowmobile season

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

Bridge Closure: The bridge over Herbert Brook on the Calamity Brook Trail is out and will be out all winter. Please use caution; always assess conditions before considering a crossing.

Moose River Plains: Now that there is adequate snowpack, the Moose River Plains gates are open for snowmobile season. Beware of a couple of wet spots and some low hanging trees due to the last storm.

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Friday, December 8, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/8): Scarface Mountain Trail closed at bridge and beyond

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

Seasonal Road Closures – Additional seasonal closures are now posted. See DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page for specific road conditions and information.

Scarface Mountain Trail Closure – The bridge crossing Ray Brook on the Scarface Mountain Trail is currently closed over concerns of structural integrity. The bridge is located about 0.5 miles from the trailhead. The trail is closed at the bridge and beyond. The bridge will remain closed until it can be replaced.

Cascade Day Use Parking Closed – Motor vehicle access to the Cascade Day Use area is gated and closed for the winter. Parking remains available at any of the DOT pull offs along Rt 73 east or west of this location.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (12/1): Use caution on Pharaoh Lake Trail/Outlet, bridge repair work limits access

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

Seasonal Road Closures – Many roads in backcountry or remote areas are now closed for the winter, including but not limited to areas in Essex Chain, Boreas Ponds, Ferris Lake Wild Forest, and more. Please look carefully at the DEC’s Adirondack Backcountry Information page to learn about access changes to these and other areas for the winter season.

Bridge Repair on Pharaoh Lake Trail and Caution – The bridge over Pharaoh Lake outlet, on the Pharaoh Lake Trail is currently undergoing repairs through 2024. Use caution at this outlet at all times; all but especially winter users should be prepared to stop completely to assess conditions before attempting to cross.

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Friday, November 24, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (11/24): Tips for hikers on navigating snow/leaf-covered trails

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

No New Notices This Week

LAST WEEK

No Notices Last Week

Know Before You Go (as of 11/22):

Fire Danger: Due to current and expected weather patterns, the fire rating map forecast has concluded for the 2023 season. Unless conditions change, forecasting will resume in spring 2024.

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

Temperatures in the region call for lows in the low-20’s and highs in the mid-30’s throughout the weekend. We are expected to see mostly clear skies, with a higher chance of snow showers developing Sunday evening. Check the National Weather Service’s Mountain Point Forecast for more accurate forecasts at elevation on or near your intended route.

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (11/17): Snow and rain predicted for weekend, hikers should exercise caution on wet trails

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

No New Notices This Week

LAST WEEK

  • High Peaks Wilderness Area: Tahawus Road will be closed to all traffic for repairs beginning on December 4. Construction is expected to conclude December 15. Overnight users should empty the parking lot before construction begins.
  • Essex Chain of Lakes: The camp six road is open for the duration of big game season.
  • Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR): The parking reservation system for access to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve Conservation Easement Tract has concluded for the 2023 season.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (11/10): Tahawus Road closed for repairs Dec. 4 -15

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

  • High Peaks Wilderness Area: Tahawus Road will be closed to all traffic for repairs beginning on December 4. Construction is expected to conclude December 15. Overnight users should empty the parking lot before construction begins.
  • Essex Chain of Lakes: The camp six road is open for the duration of big game season.
  • Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR): The parking reservation system for access to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve Conservation Easement Tract has concluded for the 2023 season.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (11/3): Daylight Savings ends this Sunday, Nov. 5

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

Daylight Savings ends this Sunday (Nov. 5). Remember to account for time changes when planning your daylight hours.

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Friday, October 27, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (10/27): High Peaks hikers should prepare for variable temps

outdoor conditions logoThe 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

No New Updates This Week

LAST WEEK

  • Daniels Road State Forest – Work on the right of way and parking area begins next week. The road will be closed Monday, 10/23 – Tuesday, 10/24. Contractors are repairing the mile stretch of road and parking area along with putting down new stone

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