Compiled on Thursday May 23, 2013
The following forecast, provided by the National Weather Service (NWS), is based on conditions at low elevations. Hikers & Campers entering the High Peaks Region should expect, and be prepared for, conditions which will likely be more severe than those expressed in a general NWS forecast. Hikers & Campers should check up-to-date forecasts before entering the back country, as weather forecasts can change.
Today Occasional showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. High near 63. Windy, with a southwest wind 18 to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 49. Southwest wind 13 to 18 mph becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Friday Showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly after 8am. High near 52. Windy, with a north wind 9 to 19 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday Night Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 35. North wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Scattered showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. North wind 11 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Night Scattered showers. Cloudy, with a low around 30. North wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Sunday Scattered showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy, with a north wind 14 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North wind around 9 mph.
Memorial Day Sunny, with a high near 56. North wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 30. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Northeast wind around 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. South wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 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.
Fire Danger: Low – Campfires are prohibited in the Eastern Zone of the High Peaks Wilderness.
Memorial Day Weekend: Trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will reach capacity in the region, especially in the Eastern High Peaks where facilities often reach capacity by Friday evening. Plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in other areas of the Adirondack Forest Preserve to avoid crowds.
Muddy Trail Advisory: Hikers are advised to avoid trails above 3000 feet to protect the trails and surrounding vegetation which are very vulnerable at this time of year. Hikers can cause severe erosion of trails and significant damage to vegetation. Steep, wet and muddy trails are also very slippery. Hikers are asked use low and mid-elevation trails at this time.
Trail Conditions: Due to recent and forecasted rains water levels are high; low water crossings may be unpassable , trails along waters may be flooded and trails will muddy and wet. Wear appropriate footwear for hiking through wet and muddy areas. Stay on the trail and hike through muddy areas to avoid widening the trails or creating “herd paths”.
Bear Resistant Canisters: The use of bear-resistant canisters to store all food, toiletries and waste is required for overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and encouraged throughout the Adirondacks.
Biting Insects: Now until the end of summer Black Flies, Mosquitoes, Deer Flies and/or Midges (No-see-ums) will be present. Follow these steps to minimize the nuisance of biting insects: Wear light colored clothing; Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, and tuck shirts into pants; Button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist; Tuck the bottom of pant legs into your socks; Pack a headnet to wear when insects are thick; and Use an insect repellant with DEET, follow label directions
Summits: Conditions on and near summits are more extreme – snow, ice, strong winds and cold temperatures.
Old Military Road Construction: Road construction on Old Military Road, which connects Route 73 and Route 86, should be completed on Friday. Vehicles may still be required to detour through the village of Lake Placid during the day Friday.
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).
Latest Trail Information: High Peaks
South Meadow Road: South Meadow Road is open.
Corey’s Road: The gate is open and the road is open to motor vehicle traffic.
Garden Parking Lot: The town of Keene is staffing The Garden parking lot and a $7/day fee is being collected 7 days a week. The shuttle is running from parking lot near Marcy Field.
Clear Pond Gate: The gate at Clear Pond on the Elk Lake Road is open.
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.
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.
Marcy Brook Foot Bridge: A new bridge has been constructed over Marcy Brook. It is located approximately 200 feet below Marcy Dam, upstream from the low water crossing that had been in use since Hurricane Irene washed away the old bridge over Marcy Dam.
East River Trail: The bridge over the Hudson River is out, use the nearby flagged ford (low water crossing). Crossing when water levels are high or when water temperatures are cold can be risky.
Bradley Pond Trail: The first bridge on the Bradley Pond Trail is damaged and unsafe to use. The stream can be forded at that location. The second bridge, which crosses Santanoni Brook, is tilting. It can be used with caution.
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.
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.
Deer Brook Trail: The low water route through the Deer Brook Flume on this trail to Snow Mountain remains impassable due to severe erosion.
Duck Hole-Henderson Lake Trail: The bridge over Roaring Brook Bridge near Duck Hole is out.
Klondike Trail: The bridge over South Meadow Brook is out. The Mr. Van Trail and the Marcy Dam Truck Trail can be used as a detour to reach South Meadow Road.
Calkins Creek Horse Trail: Two bridges are out – the trail is impassable for horse drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
Courtesy of DEC Region 5