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Victoria Weekend in the Adirondacks

May 15th, 2009 · No Comments · News


If you are planning to recreate in the Adirondacks this Victoria Day weekend, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation asks you to please remember the following:

HIGH USAGE LEVELS: Visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness should be aware that trailhead parking lots and interior campsites will often fill to capacity on Victoria Day weekend.  Please plan accordingly and seek backcountry recreation opportunities in other areas of the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

BEAR RESISTANT CANISTERS: Regulation requires the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30.  NYSDEC encourages the use of bear resistant canisters throughout the Adirondacks.


  • Store all food, toiletries and garbage in bear-resistant canisters.
  • If you are outside the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness you can use a food hang. Store all food, toiletries and garbage in the bag. Use a dark colored cord that is 25 meters long.  Hang the bag 5 meters above the ground and at least 3 meters away from trees.
  • Keep food in bear-resistant canister or food hangs at all times – take down only what is needed for cooking.
  • Never leave food unattended unless it is in a bear-resistant canister or in a food hang.
  • Cook early, no later than 5 PM, and never cook or eat in your sleeping area

SPRING CONDITIONS: Due to rains and melting snow, wet conditions exist through out the Adirondacks. Hikers are advised to wear appropriate footwear and to stay on the trail – hike through muddy areas and puddles to avoid widening the trails or creating “herd paths” around those areas. Trails above 1000 meters are particularly sensitive to impacts, please avoid them or take extra care to walk in the center of the trail at all times. Water levels in streams and rivers are high – low water crossings may not be accessible. 1Snow may be found above 1200 meters.

BLOWDOWN: The Northville Placid Trail is impassable and the Cold River is uncrossable in the area around the Cold River No. 3 and Cold River No. 4 (near Shattuck Clearing) due to considerable blowdown from a recent storm – plan hikes accordingly.

BITING INSECTS: Black Flies are present in good numbers and Mosquitoes may also be encountered. Follow these steps to minimize the nuisance of biting insects:

  • Wear light colored clothing.
  • Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.
  • 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.
  • Use an insect repellant with DEET, follow label directions.

Visit the Adirondack Trail Information web page for current weather forecasts, regulations, safety tips, trail conditions.

Enjoy your visit to the Adirondacks!

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

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