May 11, 2012 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.
The fire danger is low.
Recent rains have resulted in wet and muddy trails. Water temperatures remain cold. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the mid-40s. Lake Champlain rose to about 43 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George rose five degrees this week to 57.
The levels of rivers and streams throughout the region are generally above normal, though they should fall through the weekend to more normal levels.
DEC and local fish hatchery crews and volunteers have been stocking waters with trout and most fishing seasons are now open, with the notable exception of Black Bass which remains closed. Catch-and-release fishing for bass is allowed in Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington, Saratoga, and Fulton Counties, but not in Franklin, Hamilton, St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. The regular bass season will open the third Saturday in June. There are exceptions, such as the Black River, so check the Fishing Regulations Guide.
Docks have been installed state boat launch sites at Eagle Lake, Mossy Point (on Lake George), and at Port Henry, Ticonderoga, Westport, and Willsboro Bay on Lake Champlain. The Peru dock will be installed next week, as will the doc on Chateaugay Lake.
Most backcountry roads have reopened, but the gates remain shut for mud season on roads in the Jessup River and Moose River Plains Wild Forests, in the Santa Clara Tract and Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands (with the exception the Fishhole Pond Access Road) and in the Lake George Wild Forest, Darling Ford Road, Buttermilk Road Extension and Gay Pond Road.
Route 73 through Cascade Pass will be closed for road repairs this weekend. The eastern Pitchoff Mountain Trailhead parking areas and the parking areas along Lower Cascade Lake will be open and accessible from Keene. The Cascade Mountain Trailhead and western Pitchoff Mountain Trailhead parking areas will be open and accessible from Lake Placid, though the Stagecoach Rock parking areas will be closed. The Cascade Lakes Day Use Area between Lower and Upper Cascade Lakes will not be accessible.
Climbing routes remain closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons 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.
In the High Peaks, South Meadow Road has reopened, but a few trails remain closed, 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.
Finally this week, in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness a reroute has been built around the portion of the West Puffer Pond Trail which was flooded by beavers. That trail goes around the south side of Chimney Mountain. The trails from the Old Farm Trailhead to Hour Pond Cut-off Trail and back to the Thirteenth Lake Trailhead have been cleared of blowdown.
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.