This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Trails will be wet and muddy, especially in the Southeastern Adirondacks where quite a bit of rain fell this week, and bug season has begun.
Rivers and streams throughout the region are running at normal levels. The water temperature of Mirror Lake and the Ausable River at Wilmington is now in the upper-60s. Lake Champlain remains at 56 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is 66 degrees.
Most backcountry roads have reopened, but 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.
If you’re headed to Marcy Dam, there is no longer a footbridge over the dam. Those uncomfortable rock hopping across Marcy Brook can use the Marcy Dam Truck Trail from South Meadow Trailhead to access the trails on the east side of the brook.
A few trails remain impassable 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.
There is still a lot of debris on the Avalanche Pass Trail which may require hikers to leave the trail. The Colden Trap Dyke was changed considerably during Tropical Storm Irene and fixed ropes and other equipment are often abandoned – they should generally be considered unsafe.
There is a report this week that the traditional herd path approach to Eagle Slide and others in that area on Giant Mountain was affected by Tropical Storm Irene and is no longer recommended. Instead, follow Roaring Brook to the base of Eagle Slide. There are some trees downed in the brook, but it’s passable.
The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail remains washed out and West Canada Creek requires careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.
Meacham Lake Campground off Route 30 in Duane, Franklin County is now open. The campground had been closed for construction, but that finished ahead of schedule.
Saturday is National Trails Day and volunteers will be converging on trail maintenance projects in the Ferris Lake and Shaker Mountain wild forests near Caroga Lake.
And finally this week, DEC has issued a reminder to keep your distance and not disturb newborn fawns or other young wildlife. Many Adirondack animals in the peak season for giving birth and caring for their young. Some assume that young wildlife found alone need help, but in nearly all cases human interaction does more harm than good. Enjoy wildlife from a distance.
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.