Posts Tagged ‘outdoor conditions’

Friday, June 9, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/9): State’s fire danger rating moderate to high for most of the 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

Independence River Wild Forest:

  • Eatonville Trail will remain closed through mid-July.

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Friday, June 2, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (6/2): ADK Park under a high fire danger rating

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

Boreas Ponds Tract

  • The Gulf Brook Road is open to the Four-Corners Parking Area

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (5/26): Hikers encouraged to arrive at trailheads early, prepare for crowded trails this weekend

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

  • Per the conservation easement agreement with Elk Lake Lodge, the Gate at Clear Pond is now open to Public Motor Vehicles and will remain open until the start of Big Game season (in October). Parking at the Elk Lake Parking Lot Trailhead is limited and NO PARKING is allowed along the roadway. When the trailhead parking fills up, hikers will need to park at the Upper Elk Lake Road Parking Lot on the west side of the Elk Lake Road approximately 2.3 miles south of the Elk Lake Parking Lot Trailhead. While driving on Elk Lake Road, please respect posted lower speed limits. Please help ensure the Conservation Easement is respected and all users have a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (5/19): Fourth Lake Boat Launch in Inlet opens May 20

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

Adirondack Rail Trail

  • The section of trail between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake is currently closed for construction. Use of this corridor during the construction period is prohibited.

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Friday, May 12, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (5/12): Hikers encouraged to pack essentials for tricky Spring weather

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

Lake George Wild Forest

  • Dacy Clearing gate in Shelving Rock is open.
  • Jabe Pond Road and Lily Pond Road mud gates are open.

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Friday, May 5, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (5/5): Muddy trails advisory still in effect for higher elevations as snowpack melts

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

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest:

  • Little Clear Pond Road is now open.

Independence River Wild Forest:

  • All mud gates will be closed the week of March 3rd and will reopen when conditions allow.

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Friday, April 28, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (4/28): Upper locks on Saranac Lake closed to boat traffic May 2 – 4

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:

    • Mud Season: Hikers are advised to avoid trails above 2,500ft for the duration of the muddy trail advisory for several reasons:
      • sliding boots destroy trail tread, can damage surrounding vegetation, and erode thin soils causing washouts;
      • rotten snow and monorails are a safety hazard even with proper equipment; and
      • high elevation and alpine vegetation are extremely fragile in spring months as they start their regrowth after winter.
      • Until conditions improve, hikers are encouraged to responsibly explore low-elevation trails or enjoy other forms of recreation.

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (4/21): High Peaks hikers advised to avoid trails above 2,500 feet

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:

    • Mud Season: Hikers are advised to avoid trails above 2,500ft for the duration of the muddy trail advisory for several reasons:
      • sliding boots destroy trail tread, can damage surrounding vegetation, and erode thin soils causing washouts;
      • rotten snow and monorails are a safety hazard even with proper equipment; and
      • high elevation and alpine vegetation are extremely fragile in spring months as they start their regrowth after winter.

Until conditions improve, hikers are encouraged to responsibly explore low elevation trails or enjoy other forms of recreation

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Friday, April 14, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (4/14): Sunshine & 70s this weekend, tips for tick prevention

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:

  • Snow Report (04/13): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 04/06. Changing weather may affect conditions.
    • There is 29.5 inches (2.4 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin.
    • Snowshoes or skis are required to be worn throughout the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, beginning at approximately 2,000ft (around the elevation of Marcy Dam). Snowshoes are recommended everywhere in the High Peaks region for safe and efficient travel. Bring microspikes and crampons for traction on ice.
    • Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are unstable and are not safe to cross.
    • Be prepared to turn around if conditions prove too difficult to complete your hike.

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Friday, April 7, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (4/7): Hikers urged to postpone hikes on high elevation Adirondack 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

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Snow Report (04/06): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 04/06. Changing weather may affect conditions.
    • There is 43.3 inches (3.6 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and as much as 4 feet at higher elevations. There is considerable unconsolidated snow, especially off trail in wind deposited areas.
    • Snowshoes or skis are required to be worn throughout the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, beginning at approximately 2,000 ft (around the elevation of Marcy Dam). Snowshoes are recommended everywhere in the High Peaks region for safe and efficient travel. Bring microspikes and crampons for traction on ice.
    • Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are unstable and are not safe to cross.
    • Be prepared to turn around if conditions prove too difficult to complete your hike.

» Continue Reading.


Friday, March 31, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (3/31): Rain and snow, fluctuating temps predicted for this weekend

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:

  • Snow Report (03/30): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 03/30. Changing weather may affect conditions.
    • There is 49.2 inches (4.1 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and as much as 6 feet at higher elevations. There is considerable unconsolidated snow, especially off trail in wind deposited areas.
    • Snowshoes or skis are required to be worn throughout the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, beginning immediately at trailheads. Snowshoes are recommended everywhere in the High Peaks region for safe and efficient travel. Bring microspikes and crampons for traction on ice.
    • Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen but use caution in areas of moving water such as inlets, outlets, and streams. Water crossings may become impassable during and after this weekend’s forecasted heavy rain.
    • Be prepared to turn around if conditions prove too difficult to complete your hike.
  • The gate on Corey’s Road (by the Raquette Falls trailhead) is currently locked and will be throughout the duration of mud season.

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Friday, March 24, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (3/24): Spring conditions, variable weather this weekend

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:

  • Snow Report (03/23): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 03/23. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 50.4 inches (4.2 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and as much as 7 feet at higher elevations. There is considerable unconsolidated snow, especially off trail in wind deposited areas. Snowshoes or skis are required to be worn throughout the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, beginning immediately at trailheads. Snowshoes are recommended everywhere in the High Peaks region for safe and efficient travel. Bring microspikes and crampons for traction on ice. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen but use caution in areas of moving water such as inlets, outlets, and streams. Be prepared to turn around if conditions prove too difficult to complete your hike.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (3/17): High Peaks hikers should prepare to break trail, especially in the Colden area

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:

  • Snow Report (03/16): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 03/16. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 56.7 inches (4.7 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and as much as 7 feet at higher elevations. There is considerable unconsolidated snow, especially off trail in wind deposited areas. Snowshoes or skis are required to be worn throughout the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, beginning immediately at trailheads. Snowshoes are recommended everywhere in the High Peaks region for safe and efficient travel. Many trails, especially in the Colden area, are not broken out – be prepared to break trail and account for the additional time and energy that will require. Bring microspikes and crampons for traction on ice. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen but use caution in areas of moving water such as inlets, outlets, and streams. Be prepared to turn around if conditions prove too difficult to complete your hike.

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (3/10): Clear, calm weather predicted for Adirondacks this weekend

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:

  • Snow Report (03/09): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 03/09. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 46.5 inches (3.9 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and likely deeper accumulations at higher elevations. Snowshoes are required to be worn in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness when snow accumulations reach 8 inches. Microspikes and crampons are needed for traction on ice. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen but use caution in areas of moving water such as inlets, outlets, and streams.

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Friday, March 3, 2023

Outdoor Conditions (3/3): Long Lake ice conditions variable, unreliable; use caution

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:

  • Snow Report (03/02): The following report describes conditions as of Thursday, 03/02. Changing weather may affect conditions. There is 45.3 inches (3.8 feet) of snow at the Colden Caretaker Cabin and likely deeper accumulations at higher elevations. Snowshoes are required to be worn in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness when snow accumulations reach 8 inches. Microspikes and crampons are needed for traction on ice. Avalanche Pass ski trail is in good condition. The trail to Indian Falls is skiable with some sections affected by drainages. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden are frozen but use caution in areas of moving water such as inlets, outlets, and streams–they are not as frozen over as you may expect.

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