Compiled on Thursday September 18, 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: Patchy frost after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 25. North wind 3 to 6 mph.
Friday: Areas of frost before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night: Increasing clouds, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. South wind 10 to 16 mph.
Saturday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind around 14 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Sunday: Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday Night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 7 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 7 mph.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 7 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 7 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind around 7 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. Be cautious with campfires. Campfires and wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
Trail Conditions: Trails are mainly dry but wet and muddy conditions may be encountered in low areas, drainages and trails along waters. Wear gaiters and appropriate footwear. Walk through – not around – wet and muddy areas to avoid further eroding and widening trails.
Cooler Temperatures & Shorter Days: Though technically still summer, early fall conditions are present in the Adirondacks. Temperatures are cooler, be sure to carry extra layers of non-cotton clothing. Put on and take off layers as needed to stay comfortable. The sun is rising later and setting earlier. Plan your trips to ensure you are out of the backcountry before darkness sets in. Always carry a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries just in case.
Bear Resistant Canisters: The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for all overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and highly recommended in all other locations. Nuisance bear activity has been reported in the Lake Colden area. All food, toiletries and garbage must be stored in a bear-resistant canister.
Hunting Seasons: Big game, small game and waterfowl seasons are open or will be open soon in the Adirondacks. 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. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare. Hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution.
Summits: Expect and prepare for cooler temperatures and stronger winds. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits.
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).
Garden Parking Area: The Town of Keene operates the Garden Parking Area and collects fees for parking. The Town also operates a shuttle between the parking area near Marcy Field off Route 73 and the Garden Trailhead for a lesser fee.
Garden Parking and Hiker Shuttle Schedule
Poor Man’s Downhill Shuttle Bus: The Town of Wilmington will operate a shuttle bus for mountain bikers on Sunday September 21, between 1 pm and 4 pm. The shuttle will take mountain bikers from the downhill trailhead off Route 86 to the uphill trailhead off Route 431. The Poor Man’s Downhill is a multi-use trail on the northeast side of Whiteface Mountain. The trail begins just below the toll booth for the Whiteface Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Highway and ends 1,150 feet lower and nearly 3 miles away in the hamlet of Wilmington.
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.
East River Trail is Open: A new bridge has been constructed on the East River Trail over the Hudson River to access Mt. Adams and the Opalescent River.
Duck Hole-Henderson Lake Trail: A new bridge has been constructed over Roaring Brook near Duck Hole.
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.
Klondike Trail: The bridge over South Meadow Brook on the Klondike Trail has been replaced. The trail can now be accessed directly from the end of South Meadow Road.
Hurricane Mountain Trails: Some areas on the trail from Route 9N are flooded due to beaver activity, reroutes have been developed to get around those areas.
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.
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.
Deer Brook Trail: The low water route through Deer Brook Flume on this trail to Snow Mountain remains impassible due to severe erosion.
Courtesy of DEC Region 5