Oct 21, 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 has risen to well above normal and trails remain generally wet and muddy, so wear appropriate footwear - some low water crossings may not be accessible.
Cooler temperatures have arrived in the mountains and there is scattered snow and ice on some summits and higher elevations. Night-time and morning temperatures could dip into the 30s or colder, especially in higher elevations.
Be prepared by packing extra non-cotton clothes and remember the sun sets earlier this time of year so carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
The regular deer and bear hunting season will begin this weekend so hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution.
And remember that this is the peak period for vehicle collisions with deer and moose, especially in the early morning and early evening hours, so be on the alert on the region’s roadways.
Most DEC campgrounds have already closed for the season, with the exceptions of the Fish Creek and Cranberry Lake campgrounds, which will close on Sunday.
Taking a look at some local conditions, just a few trails remain closed in the Eastern High Peaks, but some of those that are open have been rerouted and may be more difficult to follow. Be prepared to use a map and compass.
Adirondack Mountain Reserve trails that remain closed include the northernmost two cross over trails between the East River Trail and the West River Trail, the Carry Trail to the Colvin Range Trail, the trials from Warden's Camp to the Sawteeth and Haystack trails, and the Haystack Brook Trail.
The Deer Brook Trail from Route 73 is also closed as is the Southside trail to the Johns Brook Interior Outpost in the Johns Brook Valley.
There is heavy blowdown on the trail between the Feldspar Lean-to and Lake Arnold.
The trail between the Elk Lake Trailhead and Panther Gorge has reopened but the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass remains closed. The Wall Face Bridge on the Indian Pass Trail is out, and the Henderson Bridge is damaged.
The bridge is out over the Hudson River on the East River Trail to Mt Adams and Allen Mountain, but a reroute to a low water crossing has been marked there. And a reminder that the bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville Placid Trail is out and 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 remains closed.
Eagle Cave, which is accessed from the Jessup River Wild Forest and the Siamese Pond Wilderness, remains closed to protect hibernating bats.
There are still reports of plenty of blowdown, washed out bridges and roads, and flooding in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest.
In the Taylor Pond Wild Forest, the road to the Catamount Mountain trailhead is washed out about a mile from the trailhead and the Forestdale Road has been closed by the Town of Black Brook.
The situation in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is improving but there remains much work to be done. If you are a regular user of that area consider contacting DEC Region 5 to help out.