Out of doors Situations (10/28): Little Moose Lake Outlet crossing tough to navigate as a consequence of beaver exercise –

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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

Moose River Plains Wild Forest:

  • Wilson Ridge Trail – Little Moose Lake Outlet traverse is difficult to traverse due to beaver activity.
  • Otter Brook Trail – Wading the Otter Brook can be difficult at high tide. The trail east of Otter Brook is overgrown and fallen trees can impede the ride.

Adirondack Rail Trail: DEC anticipates upcoming work and maintenance on portions of the future Adirondack Rail Trail that will require closures. Details will be posted on the Rail Trail website as they become available. Please respect posted signs and barricades in work areas and email [email protected] with any questions.

LAST WEEK

Boreas Pond Wing: A temporary bridge was installed over the LaBier Flow Dam at Gulf Brook Road in the Boreas Ponds Tract, restoring pedestrian and motorist access to the Four Corners Parking Area at the Gulf Brook Road terminus.

High Peak Wilderness: Per the Conservation Easement Agreement with Elk Lake Lodge, the gate at Clear Pond is closed to public motor vehicles and will not open until after the May 2023 mud season. Hikers must park in the Upper Elk Lake Road parking lot on the west side of Elk Lake Road about 2.3 miles south of the Elk Lake Parking Lot and Trailhead. Hikers are not permitted to enter the Elk Lake Conservation Easement from the evening of October 21 through the morning of December 5.

Blue Ridge Wilderness: The bridge crossing the Cascade Pond exit is damaged and unstable. Hikers should be prepared to wade through the outlet or cross elsewhere.

General information

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

What you need to know (10/27):

  • Temperatures: It’s going to be a mild fall weekend in the High Peaks. Temperatures in the region call for daytime highs of between 50 and 60 degrees with overnight lows in the low to mid 30s and a slight warming throughout the weekend. As always, these temperatures are estimates for base elevations. Always expect colder or wintry conditions at high altitudes. In the mountains, the weather changes quickly, even when sunny skies are expected. Wear extra layers and rain gear and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions. Traction devices are recommended for anyone planning high-altitude hikes this season.
  • water transitions: 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 = 7:28 am; Sunset = 5:48 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: From 27.10. the risk of fire in the Adirondacks is moderate. 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 are average 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 upstate Adirondack. 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, parking reservations are required for day and nightly access to the parking lot, trailheads and hiking trails on the privately owned 7,000 acre 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

Hike Smart NY Poster Summer

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.

How To: Prepare for fall hikes

Fall weather and trail conditions can vary drastically. Although the peak of the fall foliage season is behind us, proper preparation for hikes this season remains just as important.

Fewer daylight hours, changing weather and wintry conditions at high altitudes are important factors to consider when planning your next getaway this season.

To help you remember it all, watch NYS DEC’s new fall hike prep video to learn more about staying safe and having fun on the trail.

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!

stay by the stove

Use a camp stove for cooking at your campsite. Stoves are quicker and easier to cook than campfires and cause less impact on your campground.

When it comes time to use this camping stove, make sure you form the “camping triangle” and try to find a comfortable place to cook that is at least 30 meters away from where you are going that night want to sleep.

If possible, reserve fires for emergencies only. If you decide to have a fire, be sure to follow local guidelines and try to minimize the impact of the campfire as much as possible.