It looks like it will be a great weekend weather-wise, and the Fall foliage season has begun, observers in Herkimer and Franklin counties, are reporting that they expect a 10 to 15 percent color transition this weekend.
Expect cooler temperatures, however, falling into the 40s overnight and even into the 30s at higher elevations. Also, days are shorter, so plan accordingly and always carry a flashlight.
The US Drought Monitor continues to report abnormally dry conditions throughout the Adirondacks and moderate drought conditions in the Western and Southwestern Adirondacks. The fire danger remains moderate, and an open burning ban remains in effect. You caution with campfires.
Rivers and streams have returned to normal, or just below normal for this time of year. Boaters should continue to be watchful for navigation hazards. Larger boats running between the Lower Locks and Second Pond in the Saranac Lakes Chain system still run the risk of becoming grounded.
The temperatures of most lakes, river and streams are in 60s. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the lower-60s, Lake Champlain is about 68 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen 6 degrees this week to 71.
Lampricide treatments on the Saranac River, Mill Brook, Great Chazy River, and Mount Hope Brook have begun or will begin shortly. Water advisories will be in effect and the Department of Health recommends avoiding treated waters.
Bear encounters continue to be a problem, especially in the High Peaks and in the Inlet-Old Forge corridor, but elsewhere around the region as well. Expect to encounter bears. All food, toiletries and garbage should be stored in bear-resistant canisters at home, camp, and in the back-country.
In the High Peaks, the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Professional Trail Crew has built a new bridge over the Opalescent River between the Feldspar Lean-to and Lake Arnold. That bridge was washed out by Tropical Storm Irene last year.
The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost in the Johns Brook Valley and the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass will no longer be maintained. Both trails were little-used and were heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.
Over in West Canada Lake Wilderness, on the Northville Placid Trail, Lean2Rescue will be relocating Spruce Lake Lean-to #2 uphill about 100 yards during the first weekend of October. Volunteers need to contact Lean2Resuce before participating.
Finally this week, a reminder to learn and practice the Leave No Trace philosophy: Plan ahead and be prepared, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of others.
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.