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This weekend in the Adirondacks

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John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.

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The fire danger is low.

There are still reports of some ice and snow on summits and at higher elevations, and night-time and morning temperatures in the teens and 20s or colder can be expected.

The level of the region's rivers and streams have returned to normal, and trails have generally dried out.

Hunting season has begun so hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution and trapping season began this week, so now would be a good time to keep pets leashed and on the trail.

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.

Taking a look at some local conditions, in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, the second most northern Ausable River cross-over trail that leads directly to Cathedral Rocks has reopened. Also the Deer Brook Trail to Snow Mountain has reopened, however the low water route through the Deer Brook Flume remains impassable.

Other reopened trails include the Wardens Camp to Sawteeth Mountain Trail and the Carry Trails between Upper and Lower Ausable Lakes have been cleared of blowdown and reopened. The Wardens Camp to Mount Haystack Trail, the Haystack Brook Trail and the Carry Trail to Blake Peak are now passable but still contain some blowdown.

Southside trail to the Johns Brook Interior Outpost in the Johns Brook Valley remains closed as is the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass. Those trails are now expected to remain closed through the winter.

A reminder that 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 Jay Mountain Road between the Jay and Hurricane Mountain Wilderness areas remains closed.

On the Northville Placid Trail, the Ouluska Pass Brook bridge has been cleared of debris and leveled. Although it is out of place by several feet and needs new abutments, it is now passable, but don’t forget that the bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville Placid Trail is still out and West Canada Creek requires very careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.

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