May 04, 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; the annual statewide spring ban on open burning remains in effect.
Water temperatures remain cold. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the 40s. Lake Champlain has reached 40 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is 52 degrees.
With the exception of the Beaver River at the Stillwater Reservoir which is running high, rivers and streams throughout the region are generally running normally or just below normal levels.
With recent rains, low to mid-elevation trails may be muddy in low lying areas, and trails are muddier as you rise in elevation. Higher elevation trails still have snow and ice on north facing slopes and in heavily wooded and other protected areas.
The gates remain shut for mud season on roads in the Jessup River and Moose River Plains Wild Forests.
In the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, the gates on Little Clear Pond Road, Connery Pond Road, Lake Clear Camp Road (the road access to St. Germain Pond), and Moose Pond Road in the Town of St. Armand have been reopened. Hikers headed to Whiteface Landing should park in the new parking area on Route 86 where a trail connects to Connery Pond Road.
A number of roads have also reopened in Lake George Wild Forest including the Shelving Rock, Jabe Pond and Dacy Clearing Roads.
The Lake Lila Road in the Whitney Wilderness 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.
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.
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, your reminder to learn and practice the leave no trace philosophy.