Jun 08, 2012 — John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.
It's Americade this week in Lake George, so be on the lookout for motorcycles, especially around Warren County and Southern Essex Counties. Also, there will be road work on Route 86 beginning Monday between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid; expect delays there.
The Fire Danger has returned to low after this week's rains, and some trails remain wet and muddy. The levels of rivers and streams throughout the region are mostly normal, although some larger rivers are running above normal. These the Moose, AuSable, Raquette, Hudson and Sacandaga.
The water temperature in the West Branch of the AuSable River at Wilmington is in the upper 50s. Lake Champlain has fallen to about 54 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has risen to 68 degrees.
Climbing routes remain closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons at Moss Cliff and the Labor Day Wall in the Wilmington Notch, as are most routes on the Main Face of Poke-O-Moonshine and at Upper Washbowl Cliffsin the Chapel Pond area.
Nearly all backcountry roads have reopened, with the notable exception of the Darling Ford Road and the Buttermilk Road Extension in Hudson River Recreation Area, part of the Lake George Wild Forest, which remain closed due to erosion and washouts.
A bridge replacement project on Floodwood Road in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest and St. Regis Canoe Area will start on Monday and close the bridge for two to three weeks. That will block access to Floodwood Pond, East Pine Pond and Floodwood Mountain.
The footbridge is out at Marcy Dam, so those uncomfortable rock hopping across Marcy Brook can use the Marcy Dam Truck Trail from the South Meadow Trailhead to access the trails on the east side of Marcy Brook.
Also in the High Peaks, the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost remains closed, as does the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass.
The Adirondack Trail Improvement Society has replaced the bridge over the Inlet on the Elk Lake-Marcy Trail and they also cleared the route to Colvin from the Carry Trail at Upper AuSable Lake and cleared beyond Colvin, including the Blake Peak and Pinnacle trails.
Volunteers also cleared Bartlett Ridge on the way to Marcy from the Wardens Camp on Upper AuSable Lake.
Still closed are Deer Brook Flume and the first crossover bridge in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve that provides access to the W.A. White Trail which leads to Lower Wolf Jaw. New piers have been built for the bridge there, and it's now expected to be open by mid-June.
On the Northville-Placid Trail, the bridge over West Canada Creek remains washed out and West Canada Creek requires careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.
And finally, this week the Poke-O-Moonshine FireTower will be staffed by a steward Thursdays through Mondays beginning next weekend on June 15.