May 18, 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.
This is Canada’s Victoria Day holiday weekend, visitors to popular areas such as the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness should be aware that trailhead parking lots and interior campsites may reach capacity. This would be a good time to explore other areas of the Adirondack Park.
Bug season has begun, so backcountry users will want to be prepared for that, and recent rains have resulted in wet and muddy trails. The levels of rivers and streams throughout the region have risen to just above normal.
The water temperature of the Ausable River at Wilmington is reaching in the 50s. Lake Champlain rose to about 47 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George rose has reached 60 degrees.
Docks have been installed at state boat launch sites, including those at Peru and Chateaugay Lake.
Most backcountry roads have now reopened, but the gates remain shut for mud season on roads in the Jessup River Wild Forest, and in the Santa Clara Tract and Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands (with the exception the Fishhole Pond Access Road). In the Lake George Wild Forest, Darling Ford Road, Buttermilk Road Extension and Gay Pond Road.
In the Moose River Plains, the Limekiln and the Cedar River Gates are now open and the main Moose River Plains Road is open, although the Otter Brook Road is open only as far as the bridge over the South Branch of the Moose River.
Jay Mountain Road is now reported open to high clearance vehicles although the bridge on Carlott Road is closed.
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.
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.