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Snow in the Adirondacks This Weekend

October 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoWEEKEND SNOW FORECAST: Weather forecasts vary but some weather services forecast accumulations of snow ranging from three inches to a foot this weekend throughout most of the Adirondacks.

  • The deepest snows are forecast for the Northwestern Adirondacks and the High Peaks region.
  • Moderate to deeper snow depths are forecast for the Western, Central (West & East), Northern and Northeastern Adirondacks.
  • Little to no snow is forecast for the Eastern and Southern Adirondacks.
  • Snow depths will be deeper in higher elevations.
  • Hikers should plan and prepare accordingly.




Rain, Snow, and Wind: Significant amounts of rain are forecast through the weekend with rain mixing with snow before changing to all snow as described above. Winds will get stronger through the weekend. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast (leaves DEC website) and the National Weather Service NERFC Snow Page (leaves DEC website) for the latest snow information.
Snow Adirondack High Peaks

High Elevation Summits: Temperatures will be colder, winds will be stronger, and snow will be present and deeper than depths at trailheads on summits. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits. Check the Mountain Point Forecasts (leaves DEC website) for selected summitsNational Weather Service Mountain Point Forecasts.

Trail Conditions: Trails will be wet and muddy through midday Saturday and then become a mix of water, mud, ice, and snow before becoming snow covered as described above.

  • Wet leaves, snow and ice will make for slippery trails – wear proper footwear and traction devices.
  • Snowshoes will be warranted late Saturday and on Sunday in the areas forecast to have moderate to deep snow cover, and in higher elevations.
  • Remain on trails. Walk through mud & water and on snow & ice to prevent further eroding trails and damaging trailside vegetation.

Avoid Hypothermia: The forecasted wet and cold weather provides ideal conditions for hypothermia.

  • Wear waterproof outer layers.
  • Wear layers of fleece, wool, and other non-cotton clothing.
  • Pack extra clothing including a fleece, wool or other non-cotton jacket or sweater.
  • Add or remove layers to maintain a comfortable body temperature.
  • Wear cold weather hat and gloves (or mittens).
  • Eat, drink and rest often.

Shorter Days: Autumn has arrived the sun sets earlier each day.

  • Sunset is around 6:00 pm, earlier in deep valleys and on northern and eastern facing slopes.
  • It will become darker sooner when skies are cloud covered.
  • Plan to return to the trailhead by sunset but
  • always carry a flashlight or headlamp just in case.

Blowdown: Blowdown (fallen or hanging trees, limbs, and branches) may be present on trails as winds strengthen, especially on trails in the higher elevations.

Courtesy of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

More info at Adirondack Snow Conditions and Resources

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Fête de la Reine 2016 – Régions sauvages des Adirondacks

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Adirondack News

BIENVENUE A NOS VISITEURS CANADIENS

NYSDEC LogoLe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation accueille chaleureusement nos amis canadiens qui passent le week-end de la fête de la Reine à s’amuser dans les régions sauvages des Adirondacks. Nous vous offrons les informations suivantes pour vous assurer un séjour agréable et sûr pendant vos excursions de camping, de randonnée, de pagayer et de bâteau. Pour de plus amples renseignements, consultez Adirondack Backcountry Information


RISQUE DE FEU: modéré (sauf pour la région High Peaks où le risque est faible).

TERRAINS DE CAMPING: Tous les terrains de camping DEC sont ouverts.

VOIES D’ACCES: Les voies d’accès dans les régions sauvages sont souvent très rugueuses. Un véhicule 4X4 est recommandé. La majorité des voies d’accès sont ouvertes. Veuillez consulter le lien au-dessus pour savoir quelles voies/routes sont fermées.

RAMPES DE MISE A L’EAU: Toutes les rampes DEC sont ouvertes et les docks sont installés.

STATIONNEMENT/CAMPING: Le parking aux points de départ aussi bien que les terrains de camping intérieurs dans les régions sauvages des Eastern High Peaks, Dix Mountain et Giant Mountain sont souvent occupés à pleine capacité. Les visiteurs sont donc conseillés de faire des projets convenables (y compris de considérer un séjour dans d’autres régions des Adirondacks).

AVIS DE CONDITIONS BOUEUSES: Afin de protéger la flore et les sentiers qui sont très susceptibles au printemps, les randonneurs sont priés d’éviter les sentiers au-dessus de 2500 pieds de hauteur. La randonnée provoque des érosions très sévères sur les sentiers et endommagent la végétation. Les pistes raides, mouillés et boueuses sont aussi extrêmement glissantes. Pendant cette « saison de boue » les randonneurs sont conseillés de se servir des sentiers aux altitudes plus basses. More: DEC Alerts Hikers of Muddy Trail Conditions in The High Peaks

BOITES RESISTANTS AUX OURS: Les règles du DEC exigent que les campeurs qui passent la nuit dans le Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area gardent leurs provisions dans une boîte résistante aux ours. En général, tous les campeurs sont conseillés de se servir de ces boîtes partout dans les Adirondacks.

POUR SE PROTÉGER CONTRE LES PIQURES D’INSECTES: Les mouches noires et les moustiques sont présentes. Pour éviter les piqûres, il est suggéré de :

  • Porter des vêtements de couleur pâle.
  • Porter un pantalon et une chemise à manches longues; rentrer la chemise dans le pantalon.
  • Fermer les manches au poignet.
  • Rentrer les bas du pantalon dans les chaussettes.
  • Apporter une moustiquaire pour la tête
    Utiliser un produit contre les insectes qui contient du « DEET »

ÉTAT DES EAUX: Le niveau des eaux est plutôt basse pour le printemps; les températures sont froides. Ceux qui font du kayak, du canöe, et du bâteau sont fortement conseillés de porter constamment un gilet de sauvetage.

FERMETURES DE VOIES D’ESCALADE (dû à la nidification des faucons pèlerins) :

  • Chapel Pond : Toutes les voies sur Lower et Upper Washbowl Cliffs.
  • Wilmington Notch : Toutes les voies sur Moss Cliff et Labor Day Wall.
  • Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain : Toutes les voies d’escalade sur la Main Face sont fermées sauf pour les voies entre et comprenant « Opposition » et « A Womb With A View ».
  • Crane Mountain: Toutes les voies dans Amphitheater sur Black Arches Wall.
  • Shelving Rock Mountain : Toutes les voies sur Big Wall et Jackass Buttress.

Nous vous souhaitons un séjour agréable dans les Adirondacks

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Victoria Weekend 2016 – Adirondack Backcountry Notice

May 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Greetings to Our Canadian Friends

NYSDEC LogoThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation welcomes our Canadian friends who are celebrating the Victoria Day Holiday Weekend by visiting and recreating on the lands and waters of the Adirondack backcountry.


This information is provided to help you have a safe and enjoyable experience while you hike, camp, boat and paddle. Adirondack Backcountry Information provides more details.

FIRE DANGER: MODERATE, except in the High Peaks where it is Low

CAMPGROUNDS: All DEC campgrounds are open for the season.

SEASONAL ACCESS ROADS: Seasonal access roads used to access the backcountry can be rough, the use of 4-wheel drive pickup trucks, SUVs and other high clearance motor vehicles is recommended. Most seasonal access roads are open. Check the Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages using the link above for the few closed roads.

BOAT LAUNCHES: All DEC boat launches are open and docks are installed.

HIGH USAGE LEVELS: Trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will often fill to capacity in the Eastern High Peaks, Dix Mountain and Giant Mountain Wildernesses. Plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation in other areas of the Adirondacks.

MUDDY TRAIL ADVISORY: Hikers are advised to avoid trails above 2,500 feet in the High Peaks Region 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. More: DEC Alerts Hikers of Muddy Trail Conditions in The High Peaks

BITING INSECTS: Black Flies & Mosquitoes are present minimize the nuisance of biting insects by:

  • Wearing light colored long sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Tucking shirts into pants, buttoning or banding sleeves at the wrist, and tucking pant legs into socks.
  • Pack a head net to wear when insects are thick.
  • Use an insect repellant with DEET, follow label directions.

WATER CONDITIONS: Water levels are below average level for spring. Water temperatures are cool. Paddlers and boaters are encouraged to wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs, aka life jackets) at all times while on the water.

BEAR RESISTANT CANISTERS: The use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and is encouraged throughout the Adirondacks.

ROCK CLIMBING ROUTE CLOSURES: Due to nesting Peregrine Falcons the following routes are closed:

  • Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain – All routes on the Main Face, except for the climbing routes between and including “Opposition” and “A Womb with a View”.
  • Chapel Pond – All routes on Lower Washbowl Cliffs.
  • Wilmington Notch – All routes on Moss Cliff and Labor Day Wall.
  • Crane Mountain – All routes within the Amphitheater on the Black Arches Wall.
  • Shelving Rock Mountain, Lake George – All routes on the Big Wall and Jackass Buttress.

Enjoy your visit to the Adirondacks!

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DEC Alerts Hikers of Muddy Trail Conditions in The High Peaks

May 5th, 2016 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Hikers Should Temporarily Avoid High Elevation Trails in the Adirondacks

NYSDEC LogoAs a new season of outdoor hiking and recreation on public lands in the Adirondacks approaches the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) urges hikers to be cautious and postpone hikes on trails above 2,500 feet until high elevation trails have dried and hardened.



Spring conditions arrived early and are present throughout the State and the lower elevations of the Adirondacks. However, backcountry trails in the higher elevations are still covered in slowly melting ice. These often steep trails become a mix of ice and mud making them slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground.

DEC asks hikers to help avoid damage to hiking trails and sensitive high elevation vegetation by avoiding trails above 2,500 feet, particularly high elevation trails in the Dix, Giant, and High Peaks Wilderness Areas in the northern Adirondacks. Please avoid the following trails until trail conditions improve:

  • High Peaks Wilderness Area – all trails above 2,500 feet; where wet, muddy, snow conditions still prevail, specifically: Algonquin, Colden, Feldspar, Gothics, Indian Pass, Lake Arnold Cross-Over, Marcy, Marcy Dam – Avalanche – Lake Colden which is extremely wet, Phelps Trail above John Brook Lodge, Range Trail, Skylight, Wright and all “trail-less” peaks.
  • Dix Mountain Wilderness Area – all trails above Elk Lake and Round Pond
  • Giant Mountain Wilderness Area – all trails above Giant’s Washbowl, “the Cobbles,” and Owls Head.

Hikers are advised to only use trails at lower elevations as they usually dry soon after snowmelt and traverse deeper, less erosive soils DEC suggests the following alternative trails for hiking, subject to weather conditions:

High Peaks Wilderness:

  • Ampersand Mountain
  • Owls Head
  • Mt. VanHoevenberg
  • Mt. Jo

Giant Mt. Wilderness:

  • Giant’s Washbowl
  • Roaring Brook Falls
  • Owl’s Head Lookout

Hurricane Mountain Wilderness

  • The Crows
  • Hurricane Mtn from Rt 9N

Jay Mountain Wilderness

  • Jay Mtn

McKenzie Mt. Wilderness:

  • Baker Mountain
  • Haystack Mountain
  • McKenzie Mountain

Saranac Lakes Wild Forest:

  • Panther Mountain
  • Scarface Mountain
  • Floodwood Mountain

A full list of recommended mud season hikes can be found on DEC’s website. DEC’s website also contains information on trail conditions in the Adirondacks.

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DEC Advises Backcountry Visitors of Winter Conditions Throughout the Adirondacks

December 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Winter Recreational Opportunities Available with Proper Preparation and Precautions

The recent snowstorm is providing good conditions for winter outdoor recreation in the Adirondack backcountry, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. Visitors should be prepared with proper clothing and equipment for snow, ice and cold to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter experience.


“Now that snow has arrived in the Adirondacks, people can begin to take advantage of all the winter recreation opportunities in the Park,” Acting Commissioner Seggos said. “However, winter can also present dangerous – even perilous – conditions to those who are unprepared. Visitors exploring the backcountry should dress for cold weather and use snowshoes and skis to navigate trails where appropriate.”

Snow depths range from 2 to 6 inches, deeper in some local areas. The snow is wet with a surface crust of sleet and frozen snow, but will harden with the forecasted below freezing temperatures. The deepest snows are in the northern, eastern, and central Adirondacks where snow conditions for cross country skiing and snowmobiling range from fair to good. Snow depths are thinner and there is more ice in the western and southern portion. Snow depths are much deeper in the higher elevations like the High Peaks and other mountains over 3,000 feet. Additional snow is forecasted during the next several days with 6-12 inches expected in the western Adirondacks.

While snow is present throughout the Adirondacks, ice has only recently begun forming on waters and is not safe. Although the ice may have snow on the surface, it is not thick enough to hold the weight of anglers, snowshoers, skiers, skaters or snowmobiles. Ice will remain unsafe until temperatures fall below freezing for a significant continuous period. Avoid ice over running water, near inlets and outlets and near boathouses and docks – especially those with “bubblers” or other ice prevention devices. Learn more about safe practices for travel on ice on DEC’s website.

All seasonal access roads are closed to public motor vehicles at this time. Use of these roads by motor vehicles can tear up and rut snowmobile trails and even the roads themselves.

Most gates and designated snowmobile trails in the northern and central Adirondacks are or will be open by the weekend including the Moose River Plains, Perkins Clearing, Speculator Tree Farm and Franklin County trail systems. Much of these trail systems are just now being checked for blowdown, washouts and other problems. Snowmobilers should check on local trail conditions before heading out.

Skiers and snowshoers using designated snowmobiles trails should keep to side to allow safe passage of snowmobiles. Snowmobiles should slow down when passing skiers and snowshoers.

Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks and other mountains that exceed 3,000 feet should carry snowshoes for their safety and the safety of other backcountry users. Snowshoes or skis ease travel on snow and prevent “post holing”, which can ruin trails and cause sudden falls resulting in injuries. Ice crampons and traction devices should be carried for use on icy portions of the trails including summits and other exposed areas.

In addition, backcountry visitors should follow these safety guidelines:

  • Dress properly with layers of wool and fleece (NOT COTTON!) clothing: a wool or fleece hat, gloves or mittens, wind/rain resistant outer wear, and winter boots.
  • Carry a day pack with the following contents: Ice axe, plenty of food and water, extra clothing, map and compass, first-aid kit, flashlight/headlamp, sun glasses, sun-block protection, ensolite pads, stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blankets.
  • Carry plenty of food and water. Eat, drink and rest often. Being tired, hungry or dehydrated makes you more susceptible to hypothermia.
  • Check weather before entering the woods – if the weather is poor, postpone your trip.
  • Be aware of weather conditions at all times – if the weather worsens, head out of the woods.
  • Know the terrain and your physical capabilities – it takes more time and energy to travel through snow.
  • Never travel alone and always inform someone of your intended route and return time.
  • Traveling through snow takes more energy and time than hiking the same distance, especially in freshly fallen snow. Plan trips accordingly.

Call the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch at 518-891-0235 to report lost or injured people or other backcountry emergencies.

The DEC Adirondack Trail Information webpage provides current trail condition information and links to current weather, snow cover and other important information to help ensure a safe and enjoyable Adirondack backcountry winter experience.

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Status of Seasonal Access Roads in the Adirondacks

June 4th, 2015 · No Comments · Adirondack News

As of June 3, 2015:

See the Adirondack Trail Information web pages for more information.

Blue Mountain Lake Wild Forest/Township 19 Conservation Easement

  • O’Neill Flow Road is open to motor vehicles to the gate at Barker Pond Road.
  • Barker Pond Road is be open to motor vehicles to the Barker Pond parking lot.

Moose River Plains

  • Moose River Plains (Limekiln Lake-Cedar River) Road is open to motor vehicles its whole length from the Limekiln Lake gate near Inlet to the Cedar River Gate near Indian Lake.
  • Otter Brook Road is open to motor vehicles to the Squaw Lake barrier.
  • Rock Dam Road remains closed.

Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm

  • All roads designated for public motor vehicle traffic on the Perkins Clearing and Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easements are open.
  • The section of Jessup River Road, in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement, leading to the Spruce Lake Trailhead is soft and should only be traveled by four-wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles.

Essex Chain Lakes Complex

  • The Shadow Dam Gate and the Cornell/Deer Pond Road will be closed for 1-2 weeks beginning Monday, June 8 to allow for replacement of one of the bridges on the road which is in poor condition.
  • Chain Lakes Road South is open for motor vehicle access to the Old Gooley Club Parking Area.
  • Chain Lakes Road North and Drakes Mill Road are open to allow for public motor vehicle access to the Hudson River/Polaris Bridge Parking Area.

Lake George Wild Forest

  • Gay Pond Road in the Hudson River Recreation Area is open to motor vehicles but is rough.
  • Buttermilk Road Extension in the Hudson River Recreation Area is closed to all motor vehicles.
  • Lily Pond Road off State Route 8 south of Brant Lake is open to motor vehicles.
  • Jabe Pond Road off Split Rock Road and State Route 9N west of Lake George is open to motor vehicles.
  • Dacy Clearing Road is open to motor vehicles from the Hogtown Parking Lot to Dacy Clearing, it may be rough in spots.

Reminder: Seasonal access roads are rough, dirt or gravel roads. Four wheel drive trucks, SUVs and other high axle vehicles are recommended.

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DEC Advises Backcountry Visitors of Winter Conditions Throughout Most of the Adirondacks

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Winter Recreational Opportunities Abound with Proper Preparation and Precautions

NYSDEC LogoThe recent snowstorm provided great conditions for winter outdoor recreation in the Adirondack backcountry the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports today. Backcountry visitors should be prepared with proper clothing and equipment for snow, ice and cold to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter experience.


“Now that snows have arrived in the Adirondacks, winter recreationist can take advantage of all that the Park has to offer during the upcoming holiday vacation period,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. “However, recreationist must be aware that winter can also present troublesome – even perilous – conditions to the unprepared. Visitors exploring the backcountry should dress for cold weather and use snowshoes and skis to navigate trails.”

Snow depths range from 6 to 20 inches or more. The deepest snows are in the eastern Adirondacks with the thinner depths in the western portion. Snow depths are deeper in the higher elevations like the High Peaks and other mountains over 3,000 feet.

Seasonal access roads are closed. Motor vehicles should not be driving on seasonal access roads that serve as snowmobile trails in the winter such as the Moose River Plains Road.

Most gates and designated snowmobile trails are or will be open by the weekend. Snowmobilers should check on local trail conditions before heading out. Skiers and snowshoers using designated snowmobile trails should keep to the side to allow safe passage of snowmobiles. Snowmobiles should slow down when passing skiers and snowshoers.

Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks are required to use snowshoes or cross-country skis for their safety and the safety of other backcountry users. It is strongly recommended that visitors to other parts of the Adirondacks do the same.

Skis or Snowshoes Required

Snowshoes or skis ease travel on snow and prevent “post holing”, which can ruin trails and cause sudden falls resulting in injuries. Ice crampons should be carried for use on icy mountaintops and other exposed areas. In addition, backcountry visitors should follow these safety guidelines:

  • Dress properly with layers of wool and fleece (NOT COTTON!) clothing: a wool or fleece hat, gloves or mittens, wind/rain resistant outer wear, and winter boots.
  • Carry a day pack with the following contents: Ice axe, plenty of food and water, extra clothing, map and compass, first-aid kit, flashlight/headlamp, sun glasses, sun-block protection, ensolite pads, stove and extra fuel, and bivy sack or space blankets.
  • Carry plenty of food and water. Eat, drink and rest often. Being tired, hungry or dehydrated makes you more susceptible to hypothermia.
    Check weather before entering the woods – if the weather is poor, postpone your trip.
  • Be aware of weather conditions at all times – if the weather worsens, head out of the woods.
  • Know the terrain and your physical capabilities – it takes more time and energy to travel through snow.
  • Never travel alone and always inform someone of your intended route and return time.
  • Traveling through snow takes more energy and time than hiking the same distance, especially in freshly fallen snow. Plan trips accordingly.

Ice has only recently formed on most waters especially on large waterbodies. Alternating periods of freezing and thawing have occurred over the past month weakening any ice that is present. Always check ice thickness before traveling across it. Avoid ice over running water, near inlets & outlet and near boathouses & docks – especially those with “bubblers” or other ice prevention devices. Ice that holds snow will not hold the weight of a snowmobile at this time and may not hold the weight of a person.

Skiers and snowshoers are reminded that the Avalanche Pass Slide in the Eastern High Peaks is closed to public recreation of any type during the winter.

Call the DEC Forest Ranger Emergency Dispatch at 518-891-0235 to report lost or injured people or other backcountry emergencies.

The DEC Adirondack Trail Information web page provides current trail condition information and links to current weather, snow cover and other important information to help ensure a safe and enjoyable Adirondack backcountry winter experience.

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