Below are the latest public property announcements in the Adirondacks. Please visit the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road conditions, vie ferrate closures, special trail conditions and other pertinent information.
High Peak Wilderness:
- Trails are a mix of ice, slush and mud. Higher elevations still have 6-12 inches on the trail. Snowshoes are still required at high altitudes. Crampons and alligators should be carried and worn as needed.
- Snow report from March 31st: There’s just over 2 feet of snow at Lake Colden Outpost. Avalanche Lake and Lake Colden have areas of open water and slush and are considered unstable in places. Rivers are crossable but dangerous.
Saranac Lakes Wild Forest: All snowmobile trails are closed.
Debar Mountain Wild Forest: All snowmobile trails are closed.
Wild Forest of Wilmington: The Wilmington Snowmobile Trail is now closed.
Sargent Pond’s Wild Forest: All snowmobile trails are closed.
Lake George Wild Forest:
- Jabe Pond Road and Lily Pond Road are closed to vehicular traffic during spring mud season.
- Dacy Clearing Road at Shelving Rock is closed to vehicular traffic during spring mud season.
Adirondack Rail Trail: The trail is now closed to snowmobile use for the season.
area 6 is closing all mud gates to snowmobile trails and seasonal access roads on Forest Preserve, State Forest and Conservation Easement areas due to spring thaw and muddy conditions.
Easements Kushaqua and Sable Highlands: Mud locks will be erected until April 1st to protect the integrity of the roads until further notice.
Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest (Croghan & Oswegatchie Conservation Easement Tracts): All mud gates in Watson’s East Triangle Wild Forest and the Croghan Tract and Oswegatchie Conservation Easement will be closed from the week of 3/21/2022. Roads will reopen when they are dry and firm enough to support motor vehicle traffic.
Independence River Wild Forest (Stillwater Reservoir, Big Moose & Three Lakes Conservation Easement Tracts): DEC employees will begin closing mud gates in the Independence River Wild Forest during the week of 3/28/2022. Roads will reopen when they are dry and firm enough to support motor vehicle traffic.
All snowmobile doors open Macomb State Forest, Taylor Pond Campground and Taylor Pond Wild Forest are closed for the season.
Ferris Lake Wild Forest: Powley Road is closed until further notice due to mud season.
Moose River Plains Wild Forest:
- The entrance gates to the Moose River Plains are closed until further notice due to mud season.
- The seasonal portion of Cedar River Rd. leading to Wakely Mountain Trailhead is closed during mud season. The road is closed where the sidewalk ends, approximately 7 miles off Route 30.
- A 200-foot section of the West Mountain Trail is flooded due to beaver activity at the Beaver Brook crossing in the Moose River Plains Wild Forest. Until the flooding clears, reach the West Mountain summit from the Constable Pond Trailhead on Higby Road (Pigeon Lake Wilderness).
Silver Lake Wilderness: West River Rd., which provides access to the Whitehouse/Northville Placid Trail, is closed until further notice for mud season.
All snowmobile trails in the City of Newcomb are closed (C8A & C7B)
Essex chain lakes: All mud gates are closed.
Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest: The Campsite Road gate is closed during mud season.
Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page for additional resources to help you plan your trip, including travel information, weather information, and seasonal Adirondack recreation information.
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
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. Check wind chill temperatures and prepare for colder, windier peaks.
Spring conditions: Expect a mix of winter and spring conditions. Snow and ice are still present across the region, but warmer temperatures have brought flooding and muddy trails at low elevations. Prepare for snow and ice with warm, waterproof layers, extra layers and the right gear, including snowshoes, microspikes and crampons. In the High Peaks Wilderness, snowshoes or skis must still be worn when snow depth exceeds 8 inches. Remember that conditions change as you gain altitude and cold, wet weather poses a significant risk of hypothermia.
Avalanche notice: Downhill skiers, snowboarders, and any outdoor adventurers capable of traversing chutes or steep, open terrain should be aware of and prepared for avalanche conditions. If planning a trip to an avalanche prone area, research the route in advance and contact a local DEC Forest Ranger for specific safety and conditions information, or consult a local guide. Before venturing into the backcountry, arm yourself with avalanche safety tools and knowledge, such as B. Participation in an avalanche safety course. Visit the DEC website for more information on avalanche danger, preparedness, and safety precautions.
Muddy Trails & Monorails: As the snow begins to melt on lower-elevation trails, be prepared for mud and monorails. Monorails are thin strips of packed snow and ice down the middle of the trails, surrounded by minimal or no snow on the sides. Monorails can create difficult walking conditions. Microspikes and trekking poles can help with traction and balance. When trails are muddy, walk right through the mud rather than around it to minimize trail widening and trailside damage.
Season roads: Most seasonal access roads are closed during spring mud season. Where seasonal access roads are open to public motor vehicles, the use of four-wheel drive vehicles is strongly recommended.
Pack & Prepare: Spring hiking can be great fun, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not prepared. Preparing for a spring hike can look similar to preparing for a winter hike. Take a moment to watch the DEC video How To Pack and Prepare for a Winter Hike for an overview of what gear to pack and the steps to take when planning your hike.
level up: Temperatures can change significantly depending on location, time of day, and elevation. Stay safe and warm by wearing moisture-wicking base layers, insulating layers and waterproof, windproof outer layers. Wear a hat, mittens or gloves and a buff. Gaiters can help keep your lower legs warm and prevent snow from getting into your boots. Bring extra layers. Wear sturdy, waterproof boots that are already broken in. Learn more about cold weather layers by watching DEC’s how-to video.
Leave no trace
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!
Recreational tips to minimize impact on trails this spring:
Muddy paths – The soil at high altitudes and on steep trails is thin and extremely prone to erosion. When boots slip and slide on wet trails, it pushes dirt off the trail, severely eroding that area and affecting trail stability. Trailside vegetation is easily damaged or destroyed as boots erode the ground around or beneath them. The same applies to bicycle tires on mountain bike trails. Alpine vegetation is a very delicate vegetation found only on the tops of high mountains. It is easily damaged or destroyed upon entering. During this sensitive time, avoid downhill or high-altitude trails. Find low-altitude hiking trails or durable, multi-use recreational trails to explore this spring.
Monorails – When the snow melts next to the trails, the compacted ice forms “monorails” in the middle. Use crampons and other traction aids to walk directly on the monorail to avoid digging in trailside snow or trampling on vegetation. As the snowpack continues to melt, it becomes soft and lazy. Wear and wear snowshoes to avoid dropping to your knees, thighs, or even hips on or off trails.
wildlife – Spring brings wildlife back to life in nature. Bears come out of hibernation and look for food. Other animals procure much-needed fresh vegetation. This can sometimes mean wildlife land closer to hiking trails. After long cold winters, this can be a stressful time for animals.
- Keep your noise down in the forest. Disturbance causes animals to stop eating and often go into flight mode.
- Keep your pets on a leash so as not to startle newly awakened or hungry animals.
- Don’t feed them! This is a particularly important time for wildlife to reunite with their natural feeding habits. Feeding wild animals can create a dependency on human food and cause the animal to starve.
- give them space. If you encounter wildlife along the way, you should choose an alternate route or give them time to move on without igniting their flight response.
Environmental educators wanted!
Join our Region 5 Outreach team to educate about safe and sustainable recovery in the High Peaks. Your role as an educator is critical to protecting the natural resources of the Adirondack while enhancing the safety, experience and well-being of our communities and visitors.
Find out more and apply today!
Region 5 Seasonal Job Fair
Looking for a fulfilling seasonal job in the Adirondacks this summer? Region 5 is hiring many seasonal positions in all departments!
- When: April 6, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m
- Where: Ray Brook Headquarters – 1115 State Route 86. Ray Brook, NY 12977