Apr 27, 2012 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.
The fire danger is moderate - do not leave fires unattended and be sure all fires are out by drowning them thoroughly with water. And remember the annual statewide spring ban on open burning remains in effect.
Temperatures continue to be in the normal range for this time of year, with a chance of snow this weekend and nighttime temperatures below freezing.
Low to mid elevation trails may be muddy in low areas and near water. Middle and higher elevation trails may be wet and muddy with some new accumulations of snow. Higher elevation trails still have some snow and ice and traction devices may be warranted in areas if you’re headed up high this weekend.
The levels of rivers and streams throughout the region are below normal. Remember water temperatures are still cold and everyone in boats under 21 feet in length are required to wear a personal flotation device through May 1st. The water temperature of Lake Champlain is about 39 degrees.
The gates remain shut on roads that are typically closed during mud season including in the Jessup River, Moose River Plains, and Saranac Lakes Wild Forests,
A number of roads have now reopened including the Shelving Rock, Jabe Pond and Dacy Clearing Roads in Lake George Wild Forest (although other roads there remain closed).
In the Whitney Wilderness the Lake Lila Road has reopened to the parking lot, but remember to not to block the gate at the end of the parking lot which provides access to private lands beyond Lake Lila.
All roads have reopened in the Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement Lands. DEC has finished maintenance work on more than 30 miles of roads there and you can now access the Spruce Lake, Pillsbury Mountain, and Cisco Brook trailheads.
Connery Pond Road has also reopened. Hikers headed to Whiteface Landing should park in the new parking area on Route 86 where a trail connects to the Connery Pond Road.
A few trails remain closed in the High Peaks, including the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost, the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass, the Colvin Range Trail from the summit of Blake Peak south to Pinnacle and beyond to the Mt. Marcy-Elk Lake Trail, and in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, the northernmost cross-over trail between the East River Trail and the West River Trail.
In the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest DEC has closed the campsites along the Northwoods Club Road near the bridge over the Boreas River. Those sites are expected to be rehabilitated to allow for parking and day use and new campsites will be designated near the Boreas.
A number of climbing routes remain closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Those include all routes at Moss Cliff and the Labor Day Wall in the Wilmington Notch, most routes on the Main Face of Poke-o-Moonshine, and at Upper Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area – the Lower Washbowl has reopened there.
And finally this week, a reminder to learn and practice the leave no trace philosophy.
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.