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This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

Bike Fest is underway in Wilmington, so be on the lookout for bicyclists, and expect temporary road and trail closures in the towns of Wilmington, Jay, Keene, Lewis and Elizabethtown including Routes 86, 9N, the Whiteface Memorial Highway, Jay Mountain Road and some connecting side roads.

Occasional rains this week have left some trails wet and muddy, but the levels of rivers and streams throughout the region are normal.

The water temperature in the West Branch of the Ausable River at Wilmington is in the mid-60s. Lake Champlain has risen to about 60 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George remains at 68.

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. Those closures are expected to last a few more weeks.

Darling Ford Road and the Buttermilk Road Extension in Hudson River Recreation Area, part of the Lake George Wild Forest, remain closed due to erosion and washouts.

Access to the logging road into Madawaska Flow and Quebec Brook has been closed by a landowner. The waterways were acquired by the state in 1998, but the beginning of the road crosses private land. DEC says they are actively seeking a solution to reestablish public access to.  It may be possible to bushwack from Blue Mountain Road, and it’s still possible to paddle, with carries around rapids, to Madawaska Flow from Quebec Brook at Blue Mountain Road.

A bridge replacement project on Floodwood Road in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest and St. Regis Canoe Area has closed the bridge. That will block access to Floodwood Pond, East Pine Pond, and Floodwood Mountain for the next couple weeks.

The good news this week is that the new footbridge over Marcy Brook should be available this weekend. The new bridge, which replaces bridge over Marcy Dam that was washed away during Tropical Storm Irene last August, is located about 75 yards below the dam.

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, but the bridge over the Inlet on the Elk Lake-Marcy Trail has been rebuilt and the route to Colvin from the Carry Trail at Upper AuSable Lake has been cleared as has the route beyond Colvin over Blake Peak and Pinnacle. 

Volunteers have 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 expected to be in open soon.

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 Fire Tower will be staffed by a steward Thursdays through Mondays beginning this weekend.

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.

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