Aug 19, 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.
And a reminder that due to the possibility of spreading invasive species that could devastate New York forests, DEC prohibits moving untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source. Forest Rangers have been ticketing violators of the firewood ban.
Water levels have continued to rise this week. Most rivers in the region are running above or well above normal with the continued exception of the Indian River remains below normal. The Oswegatchie, Raquette, Boquet, and Saranac Rivers are all running well above normal.
A small section of State Route 9N between Jay and AuSable Forks, a quarter-mile north of State Route 86, will be closed from August 15 to September 1 to replace a culvert. A short detour via John Fountain Road has been marked.
A few 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.
In the Moose River Plains Rock Dam Road, Indian River Road and Otter Brook Road beyond the bridge over the South Branch Moose River remain closed, as are the campsites near Wakely Dam.
The Jessup River Road in the Perkins Clearing Conservation Easement Lands north of Speculator remains closed while bridges over the Jessup and Miami rivers are replaced.
The road will remain closed from Sled Harbor to the Spruce Lake Trailhead through September 6th. Access to the Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead remains open.
A number of reports of replacements of bridges washed away this spring keep coming in. In the High Peaks, the first bridge west of Henderson Lake on the Preston Pond Trail has been replaced.
On the Northville Placid Trail the "Flume" bridge, over the Chubb River has been replaced by the Adirondack Mountain Club Professional Trail Crew. ADK’s Pro Crew also replaced the bridge over Mud Creek, northeast of Mud Lake, on the Northville Placid trail section between West Canada Lakes and Wakely Dam:
The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail, however, still requires very careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.
DEC has updated its web pages to provide information about recreational activities and access in the Whitney Wilderness and the St. Regis Canoe Area, and also fro several conservation easement lands including the Sable Highlands, the Paul Smith College Easement Lands and also the Santa Clara Tract (the former Champion Lands), including the Deer River and Madawaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Areas. You can find that information online.
Finally this week, on the heels of last weeks early forecast for a snowy winter, comes news that 130 new high-efficiency tower snow-making guns will be in place at Gore Mountain this winter.
The new 30’ guns will be concentrated on Gore’s core terrain, including the Sunway, Otter Slide, Sleighride, 3B, and Quicksilver trails, and also in the Wild Air Terrain Park and on Burnt Ridge Mountain’s Sagamore trail. Gore Mountain management says they’ll be relocating some of their older snowmakers to North Side trails including Pete Gay and Sleeping Bear.