Out of doors Situations (9/30): Timber harvesting completed at Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement, whole property reopened for public recreation –

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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

Moor River Complex: The Student Conservation Association (SCA) recently completed several improvements to primitive campgrounds at Tupper Lake, part of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. Improvements at 11 campgrounds included new shoreline campground numbers, replacement of lavatories, converted fire rings and the fouling of two shelters.

Independence River Wild Forest: Water will be shut off at the Otter Creek Assembly Area for the week following Columbus Day weekend.

Black River Wild Forest: Timber harvesting at the Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement has been completed. The entire property has been reopened for public recreation.
Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Tract – Barnes Pond Public Use Area: The gate has been opened for the hunting season. The use of vehicles with high ground clearance is recommended.

General information

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

What you need to know (09/29):

  • Temperatures: With daily highs in the low 50’s to low 60’s and evening lows in the 30’s, there is no doubt that fall temperatures in the Adirondacks have settled. Although forecasts call for mostly sunny skies, the weather in the mountains changes quickly. Wear extra layers and rain gear and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions. Summit temperatures will be colder and high altitude conditions can resemble winter with ice and some snow.
  • water transitions: Never attempt to cross high, fast-moving water, especially after a rain or storm.
  • Sunrise sunset: sunrise = 6:53 am; Sunset = 6:35 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 particularly busy as the main foliage season begins. 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. Consider taking a shuttle (more info below).

Hiking information stations: Visit a hiking information station for information on parking, alternative hiking areas, local land use rules and regulations, safety and preparedness, and Leave No Trace™. Please visit us this weekend at the following locations:

  • Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
    • High Peaks Rest Area, heading north on Route 87, from 7am
  • Other stops this weekend:
    • Frontier Town Gateway, North Hudson, from 7 a.m
    • Marcy Field or The Garden, times may vary

High Peaks Hiking Shuttles: The following shuttles provide safe, complimentary transportation to popular departure points in the Adirondack High Peaks region.

  • Route 73 Hiking Shuttle: Operates from Marcy Field in the town of Keene to the Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain Ridge Trail and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through Columbus Day from 7am to 7pm. The shuttle is free and subject to availability. Masks are compulsory. Only certified service animals are allowed. Check the map (PDF) and schedule (PDF).
  • October Foliage Shuttle: Operates on October 1st and 2nd from 7am to 7pm and on the weekend of October 8th, 9th and 10th during Indigenous Peoples’/Columbus Day weekend. The shuttle departs from Frontier Town Gateway and takes you to Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, Rooster Comb Trailheads and the Marcy Field parking lot. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Dogs are not allowed and masks are compulsory.
  • Garden Shuttle: The Town of Keene Shuttle from Marcy Field to Garden Trailhead operates Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 7pm

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 Adirondack Mountain Point forecasts for select peak forecasts. Check both day and night temperatures, and remember that temperatures drop as altitude increases.

Fire danger: Since September 29, the risk of fire in the Adirondacks has been 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 range from below average to extremely high for this time of year, depending on the body of water. Check the USGS Current Water Data for New York (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/rt) for current flow of selected bodies of water. Personal flotation devices (PFDs, also known as life jackets) are highly recommended.

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 the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight guests in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1st and November 30th. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-resistant canisters throughout 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

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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.

Autumn season, winter weather

Fall can be a wonderful time to visit the Adirondacks. The cool air and fall foliage provide a great backdrop for any outdoor activity. While it’s often more pleasant to hike in, the colder, unpredictable weather means it’s even more important to plan ahead and prepare before venturing into the backcountry.

Be prepared for temperatures even lower than predicted. Hypothermia can occur regardless of the weather. A warm day in the valley can turn out to be cool and windy at the top of your hike. These drastic weather and environmental changes can quickly lower body temperature.

pack layers, and don’t be afraid to stop and adjust your clothing to suit your temperature and level of exertion. If you get hot, take off a layer before you start sweating. In cold weather, sweat evaporating from your skin can quickly lower your body temperature. This leads to a greater risk of hypothermia.

Watch the weather. Check the weather forecast before heading out and keep an eye on the sky throughout the day. Should the weather take a turn for the worse, turn back or seek shelter. The weather in the mountains can change quickly, especially when the seasons change. Stay alert and don’t be afraid to turn around. You can always come back another day.

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!

Follow Leave No Trace’s 5 tips for a Autumn adventure

Fall colors are beginning to pop in the Adirondacks and upstate New York, and going on an adventure is one of the best ways to enjoy the season’s reds, oranges, and yellows. If you’re hiking, biking, camping, or otherwise immersing yourself in the colors of fall, remember Leave No Trace’s 5 tips for fall adventures:

  1. Leave room for wildlife
  2. Keep an eye on the trees and the paths
  3. Leave the leaves
  4. Enjoy the colors, avoid the crowds
  5. preparation