Backcountry users will find trailhead parking lots and interior campsites full, so plan accordingly. This would be a great weekend to seek recreation opportunities in less traveled areas of the Adirondack Park.
Wherever you go leaf color will be near peak. Temperatures are mostly cool, especially overnight, and there have been recent reports of snow flurries on Mount Marcy so be prepared for below freezing temperatures at higher elevations.
Rains this week have kept the fire danger low, but have begun to swell some of the region’s rivers and streams to above normal levels. In the east, the Ausable, Boquet, Hudson, and Sacandaga rivers are all running above normal. Toward the northwest, the Raquette River is also running above normal.
Some trails, especially in those areas, may be wet and muddy in places, remember to walk through wet areas to prevent widening and eroding trails.
Water temperatures fell about five degrees this week and smaller, colder waters are now in the upper 40s; the Ausable River at Wilmington is in lower-50s. Lake Champlain is now about 60 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has fallen to about 64.
Wildlife are on the move, and we’re entering the peak period for vehicle collisions with moose and whitetail deer. Be alert at dawn and dusk when wildlife are most active on local roads.
Bear encounters continue to be a concern, especially in the High Peaks and in the Inlet-Old Forge corridor, but elsewhere as well. Expect to encounter bears through November, and use bear-resistant canisters at home, camp, and in the back-country.
This weekend volunteers will be working on the Spruce Lake lean-tos in the West Canada Lake Wilderness, on the Northville Placid Trail. Also, DEC trail crews are continuing work on clearing a new snowmobile connector trail between the Limekiln Lake-Cedar River Road near Fawn Lake to State Route 28 near the Seventh Lake Boat Launch. The trail is part of a long-distance community connector trail that will link Indian Lake, Inlet, Raquette Lake and Long Lake.
And finally this week, another reminder that hunting seasons have begun. Although accidents involving non-hunters are rare, you may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution and now would be a good time to keep pets 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.