Out of doors Circumstances (eight/26): Moist, muddy trails; hiker shuttle now working –


Below are the latest announcements about public land in the Adirondacks. Please visit the Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road conditions, climbing closures, special trail conditions and other relevant information.

Tropical Storm Fred: The trail systems within the Adirondacks received varying amounts of rain due to tropical storm Fred and trail conditions may be affected. Expect floods and muddy trails for the weekend to come. Weekend forecasts predict thunderstorms that could lead to heavy rain and worsen poor trail conditions.

Closure of the Brown Tract Trail: The southern end of the Brown Tract Trail Access to Middle Settlement Lake and western Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness will be closed to forestry from August 30th. The closure is expected to last a week.

Siamese ponds wilderness: 13. Seestrasse is closed below the turn-off for Barton Mines. Recreation areas accessed from 13th Lake Road are still accessible via Harvey Road. The lockdown is expected to last until mid-September.

General information

Visit the Adirondack hinterland information main page for additional resources for planning your trip, including travel information, weather resources, and seasonal information on recreation in Adirondack.

Wet and muddy trails: The trails are likely to be muddy after the recent rains. Wear waterproof shoes and walk through mud, not around it, to protect sensitive trail edges. Gaiters keep your feet dry and trekking poles provide additional stability. Be careful with creek crossings where the water is high and moving quickly. If the water level is too high, do not attempt to cross it. Mountain bikers are advised to avoid riding in muddy and wet conditions, as cycling on wet trails can significantly contribute to erosion and trail widening. As with hiking, drive through the middle of the path so as not to affect the soil and the plants along the path. Be aware that additional rainfall can cause waterways to swell rapidly.

Fire danger:

  • Adirondack Park – Low
  • Champlain region – Moderate
  • Check the fire rating card for daily updates.

Water conditions: Water levels throughout the Adirondack region range from average to well above average. Check the current USGS water data for New York for current flow in selected bodies of water. The water temperatures are still cold in many places. Personal flotation devices (PFDs or life jackets) are highly recommended by all anglers, boaters and paddlers. If bridges are not available, try not to cross streams during periods of high, fast flowing water.

Ticks: Wear light colored clothing with a tight weave for easy identification of ticks. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your trouser legs into socks or boots and your shirt into your trousers. Frequently inspect clothing and exposed skin for ticks outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, well-traveled paths and hike in the center of the trails. Avoid dense forests and bushy areas. Additional tips for tick prevention.

Required bear canisters: NYSDEC requires the use of bear-safe canisters by overnight guests in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1st and November 30th. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-safe canisters throughout the Adirondack hinterland. Bear canisters should be used to hold all food, food waste, toiletries, and other fragrance items. Canisters should be stored at least 100 feet from tents, shelters, and cooking areas, and kept closed when inaccessible. Learn more about bear canisters and how to avoid human-bear conflicts.

Fallendeich on Mount Colden: DEC has seen an increased number of rescues in the Trap Dyke over the past decade. The Trap Dike Route up Mount Colden in the High Peaks Region is not an official route. It is classified as a climbing route and should be avoided by people who have no climbing experience and equipment such as climbing rope and helmet. Without the right equipment, this path can be life-threatening. Parts of the Trap Dike are “no-fall zones”, which means that an accidental fall can lead to serious physical injury or death. Consider hiring an experienced licensed guide to safely enjoy the Trap Dike and only climb when the route is dry. There are numerous hiking trails that lead to the top of Mount Colden and offer hikers a pleasant yet challenging experience.

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is open for the 2021 season. Please note that the shuttle to the top of Prospect Mountain is currently unavailable. Until shuttles are available, no entrance fees will be charged for access to the motorway. The barrier-free car park at the summit is currently under construction. Limited parking will continue to be available during construction, but some areas may be temporarily closed. Call (518) 668-5198 for the latest information on accessibility.

Route 73 hiking shuttle: A Route 73 pilot hiker shuttle system is now operational, providing safe and sustainable visits along the busy Route 73 corridor in the High Peaks region. The free shuttle system runs on weekends and public holidays until Monday, October 11, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Park at Marcy Field and head to the Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain / Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads. Parking spaces are still available at the starting points themselves. Masks are compulsory. Pets are not allowed. View a map of the route, the shuttle timetable, and browse a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.

Starting point for the upper works: The visitor car park at the starting point of the Upper Works was moved to a new site on Friday, June 18. The new lot is adjacent to MacNaughton Cottage, about a tenth of a mile from the old lot on Upper Works Road. The property is located on a property owned by the Open Space Institute. Parking in the old parking lot is no longer allowed.

Road works in Essex County: The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that portions of State Route 73 in the city of Keene, Essex County will be reduced to a single-lane lane of alternating traffic, which will be checked by flags on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. to facilitate a paving project . The lane reduction begins about 3 km north of the intersection with US Route 9 and continues to the north intersection with Airport Road. If the weather is nice, the work should be completed by the end of August.

NYSDEC & AMR pilot reservation system: A free pilot reservation system is now in place at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR). The pilot program addresses public safety on a busy stretch of Route 73 in the city of Keene. AMR is a 7,000 acre privately owned property that provides restricted public access through a maintenance easement agreement with DEC. The pilot reservation system does not apply to other areas in Adirondack Park. Free reservations are required from May 1 to October 31, 2021 for parking, daily access, and overnight access to the trails through the AMR Gate and the Noonmark and Round Mountain trails accessible through the AMR site . Reservations are possible for appointments up to a maximum of two weeks. Current users without a reservation will not be allowed. For a full FAQ list and to make a reservation, please visit Hikeamr.org.

No overnight camping at trailheads: DEC is receiving increased reports of people camping at trailheads in the Adirondacks. Please note that overnight camping is not permitted at starting points or other places on the roadside that do not have a camping disc. This includes people who sleep in cars, vans, and RVs. Campers should look for designated roadside campsites marked with a Camp-Here disk or campsites. When camping, always take what you have with you and dispose of the rubbish properly. Use the designated toilets, pack up human and animal waste, or dig a cat hole.


Information attributed to NYSDEC is obtained from press releases and news from the Department of Environmental Conservation of New York State.

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