Aug 05, 2011 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.
The fire danger is Moderate. Be sure to extinguish fires thoroughly with water and never leave a fire unattended.
Most rivers in the region are running about normal for this time of year with the notable exception of the Indian and Hudson Rivers which are running below normal. If you are headed down the Hudson, you are going to want to be on the bubble from the Indian Lake Dam release.
Raquette River Awareness Week continues through Saturday. Sponsored by the Raquette River Blueway Corridor, the week’s events feature the beauty of the Raquette River and the communities that line its banks.
Some backcountry roads remain closed including the Haskell Road along West Canada Creek into the Black River Wild Forest and in the Eastern Lake George Wild Forest The Dacy Clearing Parking Area and Dacy Clearing Road remain closed due to washouts.
The main Moose River Plains Road between Inlet and Indian Lake (the Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road) has reopened, but Rock Dam Road, Indian River Road and Otter Brook Road beyond the bridge over the South Branch Moose River remain closed at this time, as are the campsites near Wakely Dam.
The Jessup River Road in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement Lands north of Speculator, which only recently reopened, has been closed to replace bridges over the Jessup and Miami rivers.
The road will remain closed from Sled Harbor to the Spruce Lake Trailhead through September 6th. Access to the Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead will remain open.
Looking around the High Peaks, the bridge over Duck Hole Dam has been removed and a low water crossing marked below the dam. The crossing will not be possible during high water.
The first bridge on the East River Trail and first bridge west of Henderson Lake on the trail to Preston Ponds are both out, but crossing at those places should be possible without much difficulty.
The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail was washed away this spring and West Canada Creek now requires very careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.
In the Hammond Pond Wild Forest the Lindsey Brook Trail is closed due to flooding by beaver activity.
Finally this week, a new T-bar lift is being installed at Mount Pisgah Ski Center in Saranac Lake. It will replace a 1940s-era T-bar that was recently removed – the new lfit should be in place for this winter.
And a reminder to learn and practice the Leave no Trace Philosophy.