Compiled on Thursday October 16, 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: Rain, mainly before 10pm. Low around 52. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Friday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 50. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday: Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday Night: Rain showers likely before 2am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 2am and 5am, then a chance of snow showers after 5am. Cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Sunday: A chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain showers between 11am and 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. West wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 10 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West wind around 8 mph.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Calm wind.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. North wind around 6 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 6 to 8 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 and wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
Route 73 Road Construction: Repairs of a section of Route 73 along Upper Cascade Lake have been completed. The road, nearby parking areas and the Cascade Lakes Day Use Area are open.
Snow: National Weather Service forecasts snow showers overnight Saturday into Sunday morning. Small accumulation of snow may be found on the higher summits Sunday. Prepare accordingly.
Trail Conditions: Trails are wet and muddy conditions in low areas, drainages and 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: Fall has arrived with cooler temperatures and shorter days. 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.
Summits: Expect and prepare for cooler temperatures and stronger winds on summits. Snow h& ice may be found on summits in the morning. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits.
Hunting Seasons: Hunting seasons for big game, small game and waterfowl are open or will open soon. 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.
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: Beginning Saturday, October 25, the Clear Pond Gate on the Elk Lake Road close 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 will also close, but will reopen at the end of the Northern Zone Regular Big Game Season on Monday, December 8.
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.
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.
Deer Brook Trail: The low water route through Deer Brook Flume on this trail to Snow Mountain remains impassible 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
Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Hiking and Camping Rules
Adirondack Snow Conditions and Resources
Adirondack Trail Information – NYSDEC
Adirondack Trails High Peaks Region – The Essential Trail Guide
Bear Resistant Canister Regulation – NYSDEC
Garden Parking and Shuttle Schedule
Detailed Weather Forecast – Plattsburgh, Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Old Forge, Lake George