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John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

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

With recent hot and dry weather the fire danger has been raised to moderate, and the levels of rivers and streams throughout the region headed below normal.

The water temperature in the West Branch of the Ausable River at Wilmington is in the upper-60s and lower-70s. Lake Champlain has risen to about 64 degrees; Lake George at Warner Bay is 71, and the water temperature at dock on Mirror Lake is about 76 degrees.

All climbing routes on the Main Face of Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain have reopened after three Peregrine falcon chicks successfully fledged from The Nose.  A number of routes remain closed including those at Shelving Rock Cliff on Lake George, at Moss Cliff and Labor Day Wall in Wilmington Notch, and at Upper Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area.  Those routes are expected to reopen soon.

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.

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.

In the High Peaks, the footbridge over Marcy Dam, washed away during Tropical Storm Irene last August, has been rebuilt about 75 yards below the dam, upstream from the low water crossing.

In the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, the bridge providing access to W.A. White Trail which leads to Lower Wolf Jaw has been rebuilt. That’s the first crossover bridge over the Ausable between the East and the West river trails.

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, and the low water route through the Deer Brook Flume on the trail to Snow Mountain remains impassable.

Work has been progressing on the Northville-Placid Trail.  Blowdown has been cleared in most areas with the exception of some of the more remote sections such as West Canada Creek north to the Sucker Brook Trail. The trail is generally clear., but there is a bridge out on the section from Lake Durant to Long Lake at Chick-a-dee Creek, that will require a bushwack during high water.

The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail that was washed out in the spring of 2011 will be replaced during the last two weeks of July. Until then, West Canada Creek requires careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.

And finally this week, a reminder that the possibility of encountering thunderstorms at this time of year means it’s a good time to review lighting safety. There is NO safe place outside in a thunderstorm, so follow local weather closely and avoid storms. If you can hear thunder, you’re within striking distance so find a safe shelter.

If you are caught outdoors avoid open fields, hill-tops, and isolated trees, and stay away from water. You should never been on water or above the tree-line when there is lightning.

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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