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The following is the latest notice on public property in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Backcountry Information websites provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road conditions, climbing closures, specific trail conditions and other relevant information.

Essex Chain Wilderness: All roads are open now.

West Canada Lakes Wilderness: Cedar River Flow Road is open to the Wakely Dam.

Tooley Pond Conservation Easement: Allen Pond Road Gate and Main Haul Road Gate are now open for the season.

Tooley Pond Conservation Easement: The Landowner of the Tooley Pond Tract is harvesting timber and the logging equipment crosses Spruce Mountain Road, which is used to reach the southern branch of the Grass River. This path is marked as closed until further notice.

Perkins Clearing and Speculators: Perkins Clearing Road will be open to the public next Friday, May 7th. Jessup River Road is not open and the gate to Old Military Road remains closed. As a result, access to the Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead and West Canada Wilderness is also not available.

Santa Clara Tract Conservation Easement: Madawaska Road is now open. Vehicles with high ground clearance are recommended.

Silver Lake Wilderness: West River Road, which provides access to the Whitehouse area, is now open.

Black River Wild Forest: Wolf Lake Landing Road is now open to motor vehicles.

Independence River Wild Forest: All seasonal access gates are now open.

Watson’s Wild Forest in the Eastern Triangle: All seasonal access gates are now open.

Facilitating the maintenance of the Croghan tract: All seasonal access gates are now open.

Oswegatchie Conservation Easement: All seasonal access gates are now open.

East Branch Fish Creek Conservation Relief: All seasonal access gates are from Friday, April 30th. Open.

General information

Additional travel planning resources, including travel information, weather resources, and seasonal Adirondack recreation information, can be found on the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page.

Fire danger: Adirondack Park – Low & Champlain Region – Low

Prepare for variable conditions: Warm, wet conditions at basics result in freezing temperatures, deep snow, and thick ice at higher elevations. Be prepared for all conditions with appropriate equipment and additional clothing. Take off wet clothing to avoid hypothermia. Temperatures fluctuate throughout the day. Freezing temperatures at night create more ice and form a hard crust in deep snow.

Muddy trails at the beginning of the season Note: DEC published a muddy trail recommendation earlier in the season, urging hikers to postpone hikes on trails over 2,500 feet until the high-altitude trails are dry and hardened. As snow and ice continue to melt at high altitudes, steep trails can be dangerous due to thick ice and deep, rotten snow. Thin soils are prone to erosion and delicate alpine vegetation can be easily damaged. Until conditions improve, explore hiking trails near your home and enjoy other forms of recreation. A list of alternative Adirondack day hikes can be found on the DEC website.

Water level: Streams and rivers are open and many flow high. Be careful at junctions and on paths along fast flowing streams and rivers. If bridges are not available, try not to cross stream during periods of high, fast flowing water. The water of the stream is very cold and falling down can lead to instant hypothermia.

Ticks: Ticks are already a problem at this time of year. Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to help identify ticks. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck your pant legs into socks or boots and your shirt into your pants. Frequently check clothing and exposed skin for ticks outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, busy paths and walk in the middle of the paths. Avoid dense forests and bushy areas. Additional tips for tick prevention.

Bear canister required: NYSDEC requires overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness to use bear-resistant canisters between April 1st and November 30th. NYSDEC recommends campers use bear-resistant canisters throughout the Adirondack hinterland. Bear canisters should be used to hold all groceries, food waste, toiletries, and other items that have a fragrance. Canisters should be stored at least 30 meters from tents, docks, and cooking areas and kept closed when inaccessible. Learn about bear canisters and avoid conflict between humans and bears.

Adirondack climbing fasteners: DEC closes certain climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect nesting peregrine falcons. For a full list of closings, see Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures. As soon as the nesting sites for migratory fish are determined, climbing routes that do not disturb the nesting will be opened again. Routes that remain closed will reopen after the boys have escaped. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

DEC lowers the water level at the Lower Bog River Dam: Lower-than-usual water levels can be seen at Lower Bog River Dam (Lower Lows) on the downstream side of Hitchens Pond in the town of Piercefield, St. Lawrence County. DEC lowers the water to detect a leak in the dam. The gate on the lower dam road is currently closed due to the mud season. DEC believes that after the water is lowered, recreational users will be able to paddle canoes and kayaks from the dam to Hitchens Pond, although the canal will be narrower and more obstacles will be visible.

Seasonal access roads: Many seasonal access roads that were closed for the winter season will remain closed until the end of the spring mud season. The Adirondack Backcountry Information Pages provide information on specific road closures and openings.

NYSDEC & AMR pilot reservation system: DEC and the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) have implemented a free pilot reservation system to help maintain public safety on a busy stretch of Route 73 in the city of Keene. AMR is a 7,000 acre privately owned property that has restricted public access through an agreement to facilitate conservation with DEC. The pilot reservation system does not apply to other areas in Adirondack Park. From May 1 to October 31, 2021, free reservations are required for parking, daily access, and overnight access to trails through the AMR Gate and the Noonmark and Round Mountain trails accessible through the AMR property. Visitors can now make reservations for hiking tours through May 22nd. From May 7th, reservations for dates of a maximum of two weeks are possible. Accessible users without a reservation are not permitted. A full list of frequently asked questions can be found at hikeamr.org.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19: COVID-19 continues to spread across New York State, including the Adirondacks. Prevent the spread and protect yourself by continuing to play Smart, Safe and Local.

NYS DEC

Information attributed to NYSDEC comes from press releases and announcements by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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