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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.

The fire danger has been raised to moderate, but be sure campfires are out by drowning them thoroughly with water.

Schools are out for the summer, and with Canada Day and the 4th of July holidays coming up, popular areas will be busy. This would be a great time to visit lesser used areas of the Adirondack Park.

Rivers and streams around the region are running at normal levels, but cool weather this week has lowered water temperatures. The West Branch of the Ausable River at Wilmington is in the lower-60s and Lake Champlain has cooled back to 59 degrees. Mirror Lake is about 69 degrees and Warner Bay on Lake George remains about 71. 

In Saranac Lakes Wild Forest and St. Regis Canoe Area the bridge project on Floodwood Road has been completed reopening access to Floodwood Pond, East Pine Pond, the southwestern end of Long Pond and Floodwood Mountain.

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

A new 1 and a ½-mile-long trail has been built on up Cheney Mountain in Moriah. The trailhead is located on Pelfershire Road off Route 9N/22. Views from the summit include Vermont’s Green Mountains, the High Peaks, and the Moriah tailings pile, a historic reminder of the town’s iron mining past. Volunteers from Moriah, Port Henry, Mineville, Crown Point, Westport, Wadhams and Essex cut the trail with the support of Champlain Area Trails Society

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, but repairs have been completed on the Bear Slide Access Route.

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.

The Northville-Placid Trail is mostly clear of blowdown, with the exception of some of the more remote sections such as that from West Canada Creek north to the Sucker Brook Trail.

The bridge over West Canada Creek on the Northville-Placid Trail is expected to be replaced by the end of the summer, but until then, West Canada Creek requires careful crossing that may be intimidating to some hikers.

In the Siamese Ponds Wilderness blowdown has been cleared from the Puffer Pond Trail between Chimney Mountain and Puffer Pond.

And in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness the Big Pond Trail has been cleared of blowdown.

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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