Outdoor Conditions (5/13): Tips for walking dogs, preparing for sudden inclement weather while hiking –

Recent Notifications

Here are the latest notices regarding public lands in the Adirondacks. Please review the Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road conditions, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other relevant information.

New this week:

wild high peaks:

  • Snow condition, 05/12: There is continuous heavy snow on the 4,000-plus foot trails, especially on the northern sides. The trails are very muddy above 3000 feet. There is a significant fire risk at the moment. Temperatures could reach dangerous levels this weekend, and thunderstorms are expected. Please avoid all lanes above 2,500 feet while the Dubai Economic Center Muddy Lane Alert is in effect.
  • gate on korean road now open.
  • gate in clear pool, on the Elk Lake Preserve Plain, is now open for the season. The public is allowed to drive to the Elk Lake parking lot and track to get to the Slide Brook Trail (to Dix Mtns) and the Elk Lake Marcy Trail. Parking is limited to the capacity of the parking lot. Parking is not permitted along Elk Lake Road or at any other pullout slopes. If the parking lot is full, hikers should park at the Upper Elk Lake Road parking lot on the west side of Elk Lake Road about 2.3 miles south of the Elk Lake parking lot and head of the road. Please respect the parking rules to help ensure that access is maintained and that there are no impacts on fire and rescue access.

Perkins Clearing / Speculative Spaces for Conservation of Planted Trees:

  • The roads are currently closed due to the mud season.
  • bridge in old road 8 By Christine Falls It will be closed for repairs effective 5/16. The roads that will be closed as a result are Fly Creek Road And Robbs Creek Road.

Lake George Wild Forest:

  • Gap Bond Road open.
  • Rock Shelves Brook Trail Bridges (All 3) are not safe for equestrian use. Please use the Shelving Rock Mountain Trail to access the trail system. Short fairway bridges (3) are now open for equestrian use.

Essex Lakes Chain Complex:

  • Cornell Road To the Deer Pond gate is open.
  • Northern Chain Lakes Road Drex mill gate is open.
  • Still blasting on some tracks. The Chain Lakes Road North to Sixth Lake Horse Trail He has a big blast.
  • Please be aware of truck traffic along Cornell Road.

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest: Public access to Lock between upper and central Saranac lakes It is tentatively set to close on May 15, so work on the lock can begin. The work is expected to be completed in mid-June. There will be no boat access during this time. Canoes and kayaks can withstand locks. The Dubai Exhibition Center will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Santa Clara Conservation Relief Area: Madwaska Road Open to public car traffic. Drivers should exercise caution on back roads due to the changing surface conditions.

General Notices

Visit the Adirondack Backcountry information home page for more trip planning resources, including travel information, weather resources, and season-specific information about Adirondack recreation.

Know before you go (12/05): Conditions in the Adirondacks range from hot and dry at low elevations to muddy at mid-range elevations and continuous compacted snow at high elevations. Muddy trail guidance from the Dubai Economic Center encourages visitors to continue to avoid all trails above 2,500 feet, including all high peaks, to help prevent trail damage and erosion as those trails continue to dry and harden. Temperatures can vary greatly depending on your location, time of day, and elevation. Avoid hiking when thunderstorms are expected. At the first sign of thunderstorms, seek shelter at lower altitudes. Despite the warm air temperatures, the water may still be very cold.

Check the weather: Check your destination forecast and pack and plan accordingly. Check the National Weather Service’s Northern Adirondacks Forecast and Southern Adirondacks Region Forecast for summit specific forecasts. Check the temperatures during the day and at night and remember that the temperatures will decrease as the altitude increases. Check cool wind temperatures and get ready for cooler, windy peaks.

muddy lanes: Walk straight through the mud rather than around it to prevent widening of the trail and damage to vegetation. Choose lower elevation trails so higher elevations have time to dry and harden. Follow the directions for muddy trails.

Seasonal routes: Some seasonal access roads are still closed due to the spring mud season. When seasonal access roads are open to public vehicles, four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended.

fire hazard: Check the fire rating map.

water conditions: Water levels throughout the Adirondack region are considerably below average for this time of year. Check current USGS water data for New York for a specific water current flow. Water temperatures will be very cold. The wearing of personal flotation devices (commonly known as life jackets) is highly recommended. If bridges are not available, do not attempt to cross streams during periods of high water and fast movement.

Walking with dogs: Every summer DEC Forest Rangers receive calls for stinging dogs, especially on hot days. Pet owners often overestimate how fit their dogs are, how much water their dog needs, or how walking on hot rocks can negatively affect dogs. DEC warns pet owners not to take their dogs with them in the summer. Dogs that walk in warm temperatures are at risk of heat exhaustion and death. If your dog collapses, move quickly to create shade for the dog and cool his feet and stomach – this is the most effective way to help an overheated dog. The best way to protect your pet is to leave it at home.

tick: Wear light-coloured clothing with a tight weave for easy tick detection. Wear closed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck the legs of the pants into socks or boots, and the shirt into the pants. Frequently check clothing and any exposed skin for ticks while outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Keep paths clean and well-navigable and walk in the middle of the trails. Avoid dense forests and dense areas. Additional tips for preventing ticks.

Bear Cans Required: NYSDEC requires bear-resistant packaging to be used by users overnight in Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-resistant packaging throughout the Adirondack backcountry. Bear enclosures should be used to store all food, food waste, toiletries, and other things with a smell. Cans should be stored at least 100 feet from tents, cooking areas and cooking sites and kept closed when not accessible. Learn more about bear packs and avoid human bear struggles.

Closures for rock climbing in the Adirondacks: DEC is closing some rock climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect nesting peregrine falcons. For a full list of closures, visit Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures. Once the peregrine falcon’s nest locations are identified, climbing routes that will not disturb the nesting will reopen. Roads that remain closed after the youngsters escape will be reopened. Thanks for your cooperation. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

Adirondack Mountain Reserve: Parking reservations will be required from May 1 to October 31 for one-day or overnight access to the parking lot, driveways, and trails located on AMR’s privately owned 7,000 acre property in Keene Township in the High Peaks region. For a list of frequently asked questions and to register, visit the AMR website.

safety and education

Spring is in full swing. Whether you’re going for a hike, bike, paddle or hunt, Hike Smart NY can help you prepare with a list of 10 essentials, tips on what to wear, and tips for planning your trip with safety and sustainability in mind.

Thunderstorm safety

Before each outing, you should check the weather for the location you are going to visit. If there are thunderstorms in the forecast for that day or night, change or delay your plans. Don’t risk getting caught in a thunderstorm on a mountain pass.

Thunderstorms can bring heavy rain, low temperatures, strong winds and lightning. It is best to avoid these dangerous conditions. However, thunderstorms can sometimes develop unexpectedly and appear despite clear forecasts. Consider the following to help you avoid pop-up thunderstorms and stay safe if you do fall into one:

  • Watch the dark sky, the rising wind, the flashes of lightning, and listen for the thunder.
  • As soon as you realize the approach of a thunderstorm, move to lower elevations and seek shelter.
  • Avoid peaks and other open areas during thunderstorms.
  • If you can’t take shelter inside, find a low place away from tall trees. Find an area with shorter trees and bend away from the tree trunks.
  • Keep yourself as short as possible by sitting on your bag or sleeping pad with your knees bent. Hug your knees and keep your feet together to reduce the ground effect of a nearby lightning bolt.

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