Oct 28, 2011 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.
Snow is now present at elevations above 2500 feet and some spots are icy. Night-time and morning temperatures in the teens and 20s or colder can be expected, especially at higher elevations where temperatures are beginning to dip into the single digits.
One hiker was helicoptered out of the High Peaks Monday after becoming lost, wet, and hypothermic while bushwhacking between Gray Peak and Mount Marcy, a reminder to know the latest weather, pack extra non-cotton clothes and be prepared to turn back when conditions warrant.
The level of the region's rivers and streams remains generally above normal, especially larger rivers such as the Saranac, Sacandaga, West Canada Creek and the Raquette.
Trails remain generally wet and muddy, so wear appropriate footwear, and some low water crossings may not be accessible.
Hunting season has begun 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.
All DEC campgrounds in the Adirondack Region have now closed until next season.
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 and the Colvin Range Trail from the summit of Blake Peak south to Pinnacle and beyond. Also closed are the trials from Warden's Camp to the Sawteeth and Haystack trails, and the Haystack Brook Trail.
The Elk Lake Trailhead and the trails accessed from it are closed during the regular big game hunting season, but will reopen on Monday, December 5th. Also closed are the Santa Clara Tract Easement Lands – that area will also reopen when hunting season is over.
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.
The Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass also remains closed.
The Jay Mountain Road between the Jay and Hurricane Mountain Wilderness areas remains closed.
News from the Hammond Pond Wild Forest. The bridges over Crowfoot Brook on the Crowfoot Trail and over Berrymill Brook on the Hammond Pond Trail are both out. The Lindsey Brook Trail there remains closed due to flooding by beaver activity.
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.