Warrensburg, NY, Sep 30, 2011 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.
The level of the region's rivers and streams remain above normal, except those rivers on the western slopes of the Adirondacks such as the Beaver, Black, Independence, and Oswagatchie, which are at normal levels for this time of year. Rivers and streams east of and including West Canada Creek are generally running high.
Boaters and paddlers should be aware that high waters may contain logs, limbs and other debris and conceal navigation hazards that normally are easily seen and avoided.
Cooler temperatures have arrived in the mountains. Night-time and morning temperatures could dip into the 30s or colder, especially in higher elevations.
Be prepared by packing extra non-cotton clothes, including a hat, and remember the sun sets earlier this time of year. Plan trips accordingly and carry a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries.
Some hunting seasons have begun. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters while hiking on trails, and recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists.
Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare, but hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution.
Taking a look at some local conditions, the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, Giant Mountain Wilderness, Dix Mountain Wilderness are all open for public recreation and most trails in or accessed from the Adirondack Mountain Reserve are now open.
A few trails remain closed due to significant blowdown, washed-out bridges and eroded trails.
Trails that are not closed still may have bridges washed out, eroded sections or flooded areas. Pay close attention as many trails have been rerouted to avoid heavily damaged sections and eroded drainages can be mistaken for trails. Users should be able to navigate with a map and compass is important. Plan accordingly and be prepared to turn back when conditions warrant.
Trails accessed in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve that remain closed include the northernmost two cross over trails between the East River Trail and the West River Trail. The other three cross over trails and bridges are open and should used to travel between the East River and West River Trails. Also closed are the Carry Trail the Colvin Range Trail, the trials from Warden's Camp to the Sawteeth Trail and to the Haystack Trail, and the Haystack Brook Trail.
The Deer Brook Trail from Route 73 remains closed.
In the Johns Brook Valley, the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to Johns Brook Lodge remains closed, as is the Orebed Brook Trail to the Range Trail.
The trail between the Elk Lake Trailhead and Panther Gorge remains closed as is the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass. The Wall Face Bridge on the Indian Pass Trail is out.
There is heavy blowdown on the trail between Feldspar Lean-to and Lake Arnold and also on the trail to Calamity Lean-tos.
The East River Trail/Hanging Spear Falls Trail is blocked by blowdown just north of the state land boundary line so Hanging Spear Falls will need to be accessed from the Flowed Lands.
Blowdown has now been removed from the Northville Placid Trail with the exception of West Canada Creek north to Sucker Brook Trail and from the Tarbell Road trailhead north to Shattuck Clearing. Those areas still have significant blowdown but are passable. The rest of the trail is generally clear with the exception of wet and muddy areas and the reminder that the bridge over West Canada Creek requires very careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.
The road between the Jay Mountain Wilderness and the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness is closed as is the Hurricane Mountain Road, except for local traffic, meaning the Crows Trailhead and O'Toole Road Trailhead remain closed. Hurricane Mountain should be accessed from the Route 9N trailhead or the Hurricane Mountain Lane trailhead.
In the Eastern Lake George Wild Forest the Dacy Clearing Road and the Dacy Clearing Parking Area have reopened.
There is still heavy blowdown reported in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. DEC is currently seeking volunteers to help clear the trails and repairs bridges, contact DEC Region 5 if you can help.