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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.

This weekends weather report means there may be some ice and snow on summits 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 has returned to normal, with many of the smaller streams beginning to run below normal. The trails have generally dried out.

Hunting and trapping seasons have begun so hikers may want to wear bright colors and  keep pets leased and on the trail 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.

Winter is on the way and ski and snowmobile season news is beginning to trickle in. This week new towers were airlifted into place on the Little Whiteface lift at Whiteface Mountain. The new towers will complete the refurbishing of the lift. The opening of Whiteface, conditions permitting, has been scheduled for Friday, November 25th.

In early snowmobile trail news, the Warren County Board of Supervisors has decided to allow snowmobiles to use about a mile of Warren County Bike Path in Lake George this winter. The new route will replace a section of Ellsworth Road which was recently closed to snowmobiles. Snowmobilers will once again be able to travel between the Warren and Washington counties snowmobile trail systems. The bike path is traditionally closed to bicycling in the winter.

Taking a look at some local conditions, most trails are now open, but the southside trail to the Johns Brook Interior Outpost in the Johns Brook Valley – which sustained a lot of damage during Tropical Storm Irene - 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.

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.

If you are headed over to Crane Mountain in the southeast part of the Adirondacks, the Crane Mountain Trail Head IS accessible from the south by way of Ski Hi Road if you use Putnam Cross Road as a bypass for the washed out area of Ski Hi Road. The north access, by way of Crane Mountain Road, is washed out and remains inaccessible.

Finally, a reminder this week to learn and practice the Leave no Trace Philosophy.

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