Mar 23, 2012 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.
This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
We’ve got spring conditions at lower and middle elevations
with muddy trails and high waters, but there is still soft snow and ice in the
higher reaches of the high peaks. There is still more than a foot of snow at
the Lake Colden Interior Cabin; so carry snowshoes and crampons. Backcountry
users should continue to be prepared for cold weather.
Lake ice, and snow and ice bridges at water crossings have melted. The levels of streams have risen and low water crossings may not be passable. Waters that drain the central Adirondacks are running particularly high, including the Hudson, Raquette, Ausable and Saranac rivers.
The new low water crossing below Marcy Dam is reported impassable, so use the Marcy Dam Truck Trail from the South Meadows Trailhead to access the trails on the east side of Marcy Brook.
Many trails are muddy and wet, so wear waterproof footwear and gaiters, and remember to walk through - not around - mud and water on trails. Now is a good time to choose drier trails at lower elevation rather than potentially adding to the damage caused by hiking on wet and muddy trails during mud season.
The trail between Marcy Dam and Avalanche Pass is extremely muddy and you’ll also want to be aware of ice falling from the cliffs above in Avalanche Pass.
The snowmobiling, ice climbing, cross-country and back-country ski seasons have ended, but there will be at least one more chance to get out on the downhill slopes this weekend.
Gore closed this week for the season leaving only Whiteface, which is expected to close on Sunday (although they may try to reopen next weekend, but that looks unlikely). About 10-15% of Whiteface's terrain is expected to be open this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for the State of Vermont. Conditions here will allow wild fires to start easily and spread quickly so the fire danger has been raised to moderate. Be sure campfires are completely out and use fire cautiously.
All residential brush burning is prohibited through May 14th. DEC Region 5 Environmental Conservation Officers have already issued more than a dozen tickets and warnings to people burning brush since the ban went into effect.
The gates have been closed on roads that are typically closed during mud season including in the Jessup River, Moose River Plains, and Saranac Lakes Wild Forests, the Lake Lila Road in the Whitney Wilderness, those in the Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands, and in the Lake George Wild Forest, including Shelving Rock Road.
The Jay Mountain Road between Jay Mountain Wilderness and the Hurricane Mountain Wilderness is reported impassable.
Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Explorer’s Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.