Apr 05, 2013 — This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Some colder weather this week reduced the amount of snow melt and slowed the spring-time thaw, but the weather has turned warmer now with daytime temperatures in the 40s and 50s. That will noticeably accelerate the arrival of spring, despite nighttime temperatures that will hover near freezing through the weekend. Remember that temperatures in the higher elevations will be colder. Wind chills on summits Saturday morning are forecast to be in the single digits above zero. Snow and ice remains at middle and higher elevations, though is mostly spotty in warmer locations and lower elevations.
Look for trails to be icy or crusty in the morning and soft in the afternoon. Snowshoes are no longer needed on the trail from Adirondack Loj to Marcy Dam, but will be necessary elsewhere at higher elevations which still have plenty of snow. Most lower elevations at the periphery of the Adirondack Park have less than 5 inches on average of patchy snow cover. Mid-elevations have about 6-8 inches of snow, with about a foot and a half throughout most of the High Peaks; and more than two feet of snow remains at the Lake Colden interior cabin.
Trout season began this week with the region’s rivers and streams running at or below normal levels; however, waters will rise with warmer temperatures this weekend. Snow and ice bridges have been washed from most drainages and rising waters means low water crossings may not be available this weekend, especially in the afternoons.
Most lakes and ponds are covered with water and slush and ice conditions have deteriorated. No ice should be considered completely safe; check ice depth frequently when crossing and avoid inlets and outlets.
Skiing and snowboarding continues on spring conditions at Gore and Whiteface, which are reporting about 75% of their terrain open. Titus Mountain has closed for the season; McCauley Mountain closed this past week, but will be making a decision today about whether they’ll be open for one more weekend, so call ahead there. Skiing and boarding at all other downhill areas has ended for the season.
With the exception of Garnet Hill and Lapland Lake, cross country skiing has ended for the season.
Approaches to backcountry ski areas have deteriorated and backcountry skiing can no longer be generally recommended, although a few die-hards will no doubt be out beyond Marcy Dam where conditions remain skiable.
The snowmobiling season has ended and gates to the Moose River plains have been closed for mud season.
Ice climbing will come to end this weekend, and DEC has closed all climbing routes on Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch, at the Upper and Lower Washbowl cliffs in the Chapel Pond area, and much of the Main Face of Pok-O-Moonshine, to allow for the nesting of Peregrine Falcons. Once DEC has confirmed that peregrine falcon pairs have established nest sites, unaffected climbing routes will be reopened.
Finally this week, paddlers are already beginning to venture onto the regions’ rivers. Remember to never paddle alone at this time of year, and that state law requires life jackets be worn by anyone on a boat less than 21 feet until May 1st.
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.