Warm temperatures earlier this week and cold nightly temperatures mean some trails are icy, especially at higher elevations. Although we’ve lost some snow above 2,000 feet, if you are headed to a summit, you will likely need traction devices.
Also, expect blowdown after this fall’s windy weather, and some trails will be wet and muddy.
Whiteface Memorial Highway is no longer skiable, but the Whiteface Mountain ski area will open Saturday and Sunday. Currently they plan to have Facelift open with skiing on Upper Valley, Lower Valley and Fox. Gore Mountain is also continuing to make snow, and is hoping to be open next Friday, weather permitting.
Water levels in streams and brooks are running at normal levels for this time of year. The Ausable River water temperature remains in the lower 40s and Lake Champlain and Lake George water temperatures remain in the upper-40s. Remember that state law now requires life jackets be worn by anyone on a boat less than 21 feet in length.
Wildlife are on the move, so be alert on the roads, especially at dawn and dusk. Bear encounters continue to be a concern, so use bear-resistant canisters at home, camp, and in the back-country. And it’s hunting season so now would be a good time to wear bright colors and keeps pets leashed and on the trail.
Road construction continues on the bridge over the West Branch Ausable River, and the parking areas for the Wilmington Bike Trail and the Flume in the Wilmington Wild Forest are partially blocked by construction equipment. There is some parking, but it is limited.
The new Batchellerville Bridge has reopened ahead of schedule. Just south of the old bridge, the new bridge carries Saratoga County Route 98 over Great Sacandaga Lake between Batchellerville and Edinburg. The new higher bridge will provide more clearance for sailboats at 42 feet.
Finally this week, the famous female black bear known as Yellow-Yellow has been killed by a hunter. Yellow-Yellow made national news when she became the first bear to break into a bear canister. She was about 20 years old, and was frequently spotted by visitors to the High Peaks where she’ll be missed.
It’s a quiet time in the backcountry and a great opportunity to get in some late season hiking before the snow really starts to fly.
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.