Sep 28, 2012 — John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Leaf color in the Central Adirondacks is expected to at or near peak this weekend, with 70-75 percent leaf change at lower elevations around the periphery of the Adirondack Park.
Temperatures have turned cooler now, especially overnight when temperatures are falling into the 40s and 30s, and sometimes below freezing at higher elevations. Remember days are shorter, so carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.
Recent rains have reduced the fire danger to low, and returned the region’s rivers and streams to normal levels. Some trails, may be wet and muddy in low areas, remember to walk through wet areas to prevent widening and eroding trails.
Water temperatures continue to fall, and smaller, colder waters are in the lower 50s; the Ausable River at Wilmington is in mid-50s. Lake Champlain is now about 64 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen to about 68.
Remember that Lampricide treatments are continuing on some waters flowing into Lake Champlain, so be aware of water advisories and avoid treated waters.
Another bear was put down this week and bear encounters continue to be a problem, especially in the High Peaks and in the Inlet-Old Forge corridor, but elsewhere 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.
Moose and whitetail deer are also on the move and we’re entering the peak period for vehicle collisions with these animals. Motorists should be alert, especially at dawn and dusk when deer and moose are most active.
In the West Canada Lake Wilderness, on the Northville Placid Trail, Lean2Rescue will be relocating Spruce Lake Lean-to #2 next weekend. Volunteers will need to contact Lean2Resuce before participating. Volunteers from Lean2Rescue have finished rebuilding the Wallface Lean—to, after seven difficult trips.
And finally this week, a reminder that hunting seasons have begun, so you may meet hunters on the trail. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare, but hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution and now would be a good time to keep pets leashed and on the trail.
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.