Out of doors Circumstances (10/15): Fundamental Haul Street to be closed this winter as a consequence of logging, East Facet Path to function different path –

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The following are just the most recent notices regarding public lands in the Adirondacks. Visit the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for a complete list of notices, including seasonal road status, vie ferrate closures, specific trail conditions and other pertinent information

NEW THIS WEEK

Watson’s East Triangle (Croghan and Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tracts):

  • The northern part of main thoroughfare (Croghan Tract) will be closed to snowmobiles this winter due to logging. That Eastside Trail serves as an alternative route – please follow the signs.
  • That Steam Sled Snowmobile Trail will not be groomed this year (Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest). That Casey Rumble Trail (Oswegatchie Conservation Easement) is being prepared to serve as an alternative.

Independence River Wild Forest (Stillwater Reservoir, Big Moose & Three Lakes Conservation Easement Tracts): In accordance with the Big Moose Tract Conservation Easement, the Stillwater Mountain Fire Tower Trail is currently closed. The trail will reopen on December 21st.

Blue Mountain Wild Forest & Essex Chain Lakes Complex: Camp Street Six is now open to motor vehicles for the duration of the big game hunting season.

Grass River Wild Forest: access to Pleasant lake on the Grass River Conservation Easement closed on October 10th.

Raquette Boreal Complex: access to Five Mile Conservation Easement Season closed on 30.09.

LAST WEEK

Pine Lake Primal Area: The gate at the former Outer Gooley Club Chain of Lakes Rd., Town of Indian Lake, is open for the fall hunting season.

General information

Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page for additional trip planning resources.

What you need to know (10/14):

  • Temperatures: Heavy rain and gusty winds are expected for much of the northern and eastern Adirondacks through this afternoon. Autumn temperatures have leveled off. Projected temperatures in the High Peaks region call for daily highs in the high 50s and low 60s and lows in the high 30s to low 40s at base elevations. Summit forecasts assume temperatures up to 10 degrees colder at higher altitudes. Showers are expected to stop later today, but keep in mind that the weather in the mountains is changing rapidly, even with sunny skies expected. Wear extra layers and rain gear and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions. Even low-altitude summit temperatures are colder than the starting point, and wintry conditions can prevail at higher elevations.
  • water transitions: Since the eastern Adirondacks are on flood watch from yesterday to today, extreme caution should be exercised at water crossings. Never attempt to cross high, fast-moving water, especially after a rain or storm. If rain is forecast during the day, keep in mind how water crossings can swell between your first crossing and your return.
  • Sunrise sunset: sunrise = 7:10 am; Sunset = 6:10 PM Make a timeline and stick to it. Pack a headlamp, even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.
  • Travel: Expect the trails to be busy. Plan to arrive at your destination early and have several backup plans in case the parking lot fills up at your desired location. Follow @NYSDECAlerts on Twitter for real-time updates on parking status.

Check out the weather: Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack and plan accordingly. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks and Southern Adirondacks Mountain Point Forecasts for select peak forecasts. Check both day and night temperatures, and remember that temperatures drop as altitude increases.

Fire danger: Since 14.10. the risk of fire in the Adirondacks is low. Please use caution, follow local guidelines and avoid open flames whenever possible. Check the fire rating card.

Water conditions: Water levels throughout the Adirondack region currently range from below average to high for this time of year. Check the USGS Current Water Data for New York for current flow of selected bodies of water. Personal flotation devices (PFDs, also known as life jackets) are highly recommended.

Hiking information stations & hiking shuttles: Hiking information stations and hiking shuttle systems have ceased operations for the 2022 season. Thank you to everyone who visited a station or took a shuttle to your starting point.

No overnight camping at trailheads: Please note that overnight stays are not permitted at trailheads or other roadside locations that do not have a camping disc. This includes people sleeping in cars, vans, and RVs. Campers should use designated roadside campsites marked with a camp here disc or campsites.

Ticks: Wear light-colored, tight-knit clothing for easy spotting of ticks. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. Frequently check clothing and exposed skin for ticks outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, well-travelled trails and walk in the middle of trails. Avoid dense forests and bushy areas. More tick prevention tips.

Required Bear Canisters: NYSDEC requires overnight guests in the Eastern High Peaks wilderness between April 1st and November 30th to use bear-resistant canisters. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-resistant canisters throughout the Adirondack backcountry. Bear canisters should be used to store all food, food waste, toiletries and other scented items. Canisters should be stored at least 100 feet away from tents, shelters and cooking areas and kept closed when not being accessed. Learn more about bear canisters and how to avoid human-bear conflict.

Adirondack Mountain Reserve: From May 1st through October 31st, a parking reservation is required to access the day and overnight parking lot, trailheads and hiking trails on the 7,000 acre privately owned AMR property in the town of Keene in the High Peaks region . A list of frequently asked questions and how to register can be found on the AMR website.

Security & Education

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The autumn is here! Whether you’re hiking, biking, paddling or fishing, Hike Smart NY can help you prepare with a list of 10 essentials, clothing guides and tips for planning your trip with safety and sustainability in mind.

Watch out for deer and moose on or near roads

Adirondack recreation can take you to some very remote locations, many of which are in the heart of active wildlife habitat. Safe travel to and from your destination is just as important as safety along the way. So keep an eye out for deer and moose along the way.

October, November and December are breeding months for deer and elk. During this time, they become more active and take to public streets more often. Two-thirds of deer-vehicle accidents occur during this three-month period, so be vigilant. Take these precautions to reduce the chance of hitting a deer or moose:

  • Reduce speed if you see deer or moose near roadsides. They can “break through” or change direction at the last minute.
  • If you see a deer or moose crossing the road, slow down and stay alert. They often travel in groups, so there may be more to come.
  • Use emergency lights or a headlight signal to warn other drivers if you see an animal on or near the road.
  • Be careful on roads marked with deer or elk crossing signs.
  • Use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, when animal movement is greatest and visibility is limited.

Leave no trace

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Follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace to minimize your impact on the Adirondacks’ environment and natural resources. Use proper trail etiquette to ensure an enjoyable experience for yourself and others, and tread lightly!

Leave no trace in daily life

What we do at home also affects our favorite places outside. By minimizing our environmental impact at home through sustainable practices, we can also help protect the places we explore. That’s why the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has launched a new campaign that teaches skills and actionable steps to leave no trace at home and in our communities. Start by promising to change your daily habits – every little effort helps – and test your current knowledge of sustainability practices with a series of fun quizzes.