Compiled on Thursday October 30, 2014
Weather: Hikers & campers should expect and prepare for cooler and windier conditions in higher elevations, and more rain. Always check current forecasts before entering the back country as the weather forecast can change. National Weather Service Burlington: http://www.weather.gov/btv/
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Calm wind.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: A chance of snow showers between 1am and 2am, then a chance of sleet after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.
Saturday: A chance of snow showers and sleet before 10am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 10am and noon, then a chance of rain showers after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 39. North wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected.
Saturday Night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind becoming north 9 to 14 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 14 to 18 mph.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northwest wind 13 to 15 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West wind 11 to 13 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 11 mph.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Southwest wind around 14 mph.
Wednesday: A 40 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph.
Latest Regional Forecast: National Weather Service – BTV
Wilderness conditions can change suddenly. While believed accurate, weather conditions may change at any time. All users should plan accordingly, including bringing flashlight, first aid equipment, extra food, plenty of water and clothing. Weather conditions may alter your plans; you should be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods before entering the back country.
Weekend Weather: A mixture of snow and sleet is forecast for Friday through Saturday. Temperatures will drop below freezing Friday night and remain so throughout the weekend, especially in higher elevations. Dress and pack appropriately for these conditions. Always check the current weather conditions and forecast before entering the backcountry.
Summits: Expect to encounter snow and ice above 3,500 feet. Temperatures will be below freezing, winds will be stronger and precipitation more likely on the summits. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits.
Traction Devices: Traction devices should carried on any hikes planned on trails above 3,500 feet elevation. Wear traction devices when snow and ice are present on trails to avoid slips and falls.
Trail Conditions: Trails are muddy; wear gaiters and appropriate footwear. Walk through not around wet and muddy areas to avoid further eroding and widening trails.
Autumn Weather: Plan for cold temperatures and limited daylight hours. Carry extra layers of non-cotton clothing. Put on and take off layers as needed to keep comfortable. Plan your trips to ensure you are out of the backcountry before dark. Always carry a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries.
Hunting Seasons: Hunting seasons for big game, small game and waterfowl are open or will open soon. Northern Zone Regular Big Game Season opened Saturday, October 25. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails. Please recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists with the legal right to participate in these activities on the Forest Preserve. There is no record of a hunting related shooting incident in New York State involving a hiker.
Bear Resistant Canisters: The use of is required for all overnight users (campers) in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and recommended throughout the Adirondacks.
Fire Danger: Low. Campfires and wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
NOTE: Fires are prohibited in Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Zone
NOTE: Group size regulations are in effect throughout the High Peaks Wilderness. Group size for overnight campers is 8 or less and for day use it is 15 or less.
Be Prepared Before Entering the Back Country:
Check (before entering the backcountry)
- Local Forest Ranger for current information.
- Current weather conditions and short-term forecast
- Appropriate outer wear and foot wear
- Layers of non-cotton clothes
- Map and compass and know how to use them and use them!
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Plenty of food and water
- Extra clothes and socks
- Rain gear
- Ensolite pad to rest on and insulate your body from cold surfaces
- Bivy sack or space blankets for extra warmth
Always inform someone of your itinerary and when you expect to return
Please be aware that accessing the Forest Preserve through the rest areas is prohibited. In accordance with New York State Regulation §156.3(d), vehicles may not be left unattended in the rest area, unless the operator or passenger is within the rest area. Also parking of vehicles for longer than three hours during the hours of darkness is not permitted in accordance with §156.3(c).
Clear Pond Gate and Elk Lake Trails: The Clear Pond Gate on the Elk Lake Road is closed and will remain closed until the end of the spring mud season. The two trails that pass through the Elk Lake property to Panther Gorge in the High Peaks Wilderness and the southern approaches to Dix Mountain in the Dix Mountain Wilderness are also closed, but will reopen at the end of the Northern Zone Regular Big Game Season on Monday, December 8.
Hurricane Mountain Trail: The trail from the Route 9N trailhead has been rerouted to bypass areas flooded by beavers. The trail now extends 3.4 miles from the trailhead to the summit. The reroute and new footbridges were completed by the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program
Marshall and Other Trail-less Peaks: Many of the herd paths found on Marshall and some of the other trail-less peaks meander around the slopes of the mountain without reaching the peak. Those climbing these peaks should navigate with a map and compass rather than follow the paths created by others.
Trap Dike: Fixed ropes, harnesses and other equipment are often abandoned in the Trap Dike. Due to the age, weatherizing and wearing of these materials they are unsafe and should never be used.
Closed Campsite: The designated campsite on Big Slide Mountain Brook in Johns Brook Valley near the intersection with the Phelps Trail has been permanently closed due to site degradation. Other designated campsites are located across from the Howard Lean-to and just past Johns Brook Lodge. Signs on the hiking trail direct hikers to these sites.
Bradley Pond Trail: The first foot bridge on the Bradley Pond Trail has been dropped and is unusable. The stream can be forded /rock hopped most of time on the downstream side of the bridge site.
Northville-Placid Trail: The trail contains a large area of blowdown near the Seward Lean-to. A detour around the blowdown has been marked with pink flagging.
Deer Brook Trail: The low water route through the Deer Brook Flume on this trail to Snow Mountain remains impassable due to severe erosion.
Southside Trail: DEC has closed the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John’s Brook Outpost and is not maintaining it at this time.
Cold Brook Trail: DEC has closed the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass and is not maintaining it at this time.
Courtesy of DEC Region 5