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The following are just the most recent notices regarding public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for a complete list of notices, including seasonal road status, via ferrata closures, specific trail conditions and other relevant information.

New this week:

High Peaks Wilderness: Expect muddy conditions above 3,000 feet elevation. Expect poor traction and slow progress on steep wet rock sections. Due to recent rains, high altitude water sources are available to replenish water supplies – bring and use appropriate filtration equipment. Water crossings can be high and fast.

Silver Lake Wilderness: Working with our partners at the Adirondack Mtn Club, a volunteer trail crew recently helped close and relocate two primitive campgrounds from the south shore of Woods Lake to the north shore. The goal of the project was to expand usage and improve camping opportunities for NPT thru hikers. This project was part of a larger trail work organized by the ADK Mtn Club on June 4th, National Trails Day.

Last week:

Ferris Lake Wild Forest: Powley Road is open. All washouts have been fixed.
Speculator Tree Farm and Perkins Clearing: All roads and campgrounds are now open to the public. The Old Military Road has been repaired and the Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower car park is open.

Flatrock Mountain Conservation Easement: The area south of Flatrock Mountain, including the fenced logging road, will be temporarily closed to public logging access by the landowner.

General information

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

What you need to know (06/23):

  • Temperatures: Expect hotter temperatures this weekend. Daily highs on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be in the mid to high 80s in places with lows in the low 60s to high 50s. Temperatures at the mountain tops will be significantly warmer than last week, but still up to 20 degrees cooler than at base elevations. Bring extra layers and rain and wind gear.
  • water transitions: Stream, river and other water crossings can be high after recent rains.
  • Stinging insects: It’s creep season! Pack bug spray, bug nets, and other methods of bite protection.
  • Heat safety: Wear sunscreen and other sun protection. Bring plenty of water, take breaks in the shade, and eat salty foods to help with water retention and electrolyte balance. For their safety, leave pets at home.
  • Sunrise sunset: Sunrise = 5:12 AM, Sunset = 8:42 PM Make a timeline and stick to it. Pack a headlamp, even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.
  • Busy hiking trails: Friday is a public holiday in Quebec, so the trails are expected 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.

Hiking information stations: Stop by a Hiking Information Station for information on parking, alternative hiking areas, local land use rules and regulations, safety and precaution, and Leave No TraceTM. Please visit us this weekend at the following locations:

  • Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
    • High Peaks Rest Area, heading north on Route 87, from 7am
    • Beekmantown Rest Area, heading south on Route 87, from 7am
  • Additional stops this weekend:
    • Friday – Sunday at Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, start at 7:00am
    • Friday – Sunday at the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, Lake Placid, from 7 a.m

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: As of 23.06. Fire hazard low. Check the fire rating card.

Water conditions: Water levels throughout the Adirondack region range from average to well above average for this time of year. Check the USGS Current Water Data for New York for current flow of selected bodies of water. Wearing life jackets (Personal Flotation Devices, PFDs, also life jackets) is highly recommended.

Hiking with a dog: Dogs that hike in warm temperatures risk heat exhaustion and death. If your dog collapses, move quickly to create shade for the dog and cool his feet and stomach – this is the most effective way to help an overheated dog. The best way to protect your pet is to leave them at home.

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 Adirondack backcountry. 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 Rock Climbing Closures: DEC is closing certain climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect nesting peregrine falcons. For a full list of closures, see Adirondack Rock Climbing Route Closures. Once peregrine falcon nest sites are determined, climbing routes that do not disrupt nesting will be reopened. Routes that remain closed will be reopened after the young have flown out. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

Adirondack Mountain Reserve: From May 1st through October 31st, parking reservations are required for day and overnight access to the parking lot, trailheads and trails located on the privately owned 7,000 acre AMR property in the town of Keene, region high peaks are located. A list of frequently asked questions and how to register can be found on the AMR website.

Lifeguard Job Fair in Lake George, today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m

On Friday, June 24, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., DEC will be hosting a Lifeguard Recruitment Event at the Lake George Beach Day Use Area known as Million Dollar Beach. Interested applicants can find out more about the free training courses and certifications offered. More than 500 seasonal workers are hired annually by DEC to provide a variety of services during the summer season. All applicants must be willing to work weekends and holidays throughout the summer. For job openings at DEC campgrounds and beaches, visit the DEC website by calling (518) 457-2500 Ext #1 or email [email protected].

Security & Education

Summer 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.

Customize a first aid kit

Packing a first aid kit, especially one tailored to your personal needs, can make the difference between life and death in a wilderness emergency. A pre-packed first aid kit provides you with an excellent foundation. Create an even more effective and personalized kit with the acronym “STARS”:

  • S – group size: Consider how many people are in your party and make sure you have enough supplies for everyone.
  • T – Trip length: This will also dictate the amount of supplies you bring with you, as a longer trip (e.g. backpacking where you don’t have access to a pharmacy for several days) will require you to bring more supplies in case you need to get a bandage new or administer multiple doses of medication.
  • A – Activity: The beauty of hiking is that every hike is different and can pose very different challenges. However, it is important that these challenges are recognized and addressed with your first aid child. A Sam splint, for example, is a good precaution for a longer hike.
  • R – Risk: This category overlaps with activities, but focuses more on the environmental factors of your hike, like poison ivy and ticks.
  • S – Special Needs: Pack any personal medication for everyone in the group, whether it’s an emergency or a daily medication (and it’s never a bad idea to bring extra).

In addition to packing a good quality first aid kit and manual, consider having basic medical training to be better prepared in the event of an incident.

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!

A visitor to Wildlife’s Home

Whether you’re hiking, camping, paddling, or engaging in any other outdoor activity that takes you into the backcountry, remember you’re enjoying the home of the wild. The sixth Leave No Trace™ principle, Respect Wildlife, helps us understand what this means and teaches us how to be a good visitor. Here are a few important things to remember:

  • Stay far enough away not to startle wildlife. They should not be forced to leave the area.
  • Smaller groups cause less damage to wildlife habitat.
  • Remain calm around wildlife so as not to startle or stress them.
  • Do not touch or feed wild animals. As animals get used to being fed, they will find it harder to survive on their own. Be sure to store food and trash properly.

Next time you’re out and about in the homeland of wildlife, pack a pair of binoculars and enjoy seeing the wonders of wildlife while respecting their habitat and home.