Apr 20, 2012 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.
Temperatures continue to be in the normal range for thistime of year, but the weather has been very dry and the fire danger has beenraised to high. Do not leave fires unattended and be sure all fires are out bydrowning them thoroughly with water. The annual statewide spring ban on openburning remains in effect.
Low to mid elevation trails are now mostly dry. Middle andhigher elevation trails may be wet and muddy with some snow and icy spotsparticularly on northern facing slopes and in heavily wooded areas. Wearwaterproof footwear and gaiters, and walk through – not around – mud and wateron trails. High elevation trails still have snow and ice. Traction devices maybe warranted in some locations.
Although water temperatures remain cold, the levels ofstreams throughout the region are low. Rafters on the Sacandaga and HudsonRivers are beginning to be impacted by low water levels.
Remember water temperatures are still cold and everyone inboats under 21 feet in length are required to wear a personal flotation devicethrough May 1st.
The gates remain shut on roads that are typically closedduring mud season including in the Jessup River, Moose River Plains, andSaranac Lakes Wild Forests, the Lake Lila Road in the Whitney Wilderness, thosein the Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands, andin the Lake George Wild Forest, although the Shelving Rock and Jabe Pond roadshave reopened as has the Dacy Clearing Road, but it remains rough.
Connery Pond Road has reopened, however, hikers headed toWhiteface Landing are being encouraged to park at the parking area along Route86 west of the West Branch of the Ausable. A trail connects the parking areaand Connery Pond Road.
A few trails remain closed in the High Peaks, including theSouthside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost, the ColdBrook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass, the Colvin Range Trail fromthe summit of Blake Peak south to Pinnacle and beyond to the Mt. Marcy-Elk LakeTrail, and in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, the northernmost cross-overtrail between the East River Trail and the West River Trail. The other four cross-overtrails are open.
A number of climbing routes remain closed to protect nestingperegrine falcons. Those include all routes at Moss Cliff in the WilmingtonNotch, on Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area, and mostroutes on the Main Face of Poke-o-Moonshine.
And finally this week, a reminder learn and practice theleave no trace philosophy.