Apr 19, 2013 — John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack with a weekly look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
We’ve been experiencing chilly, windy, and unsettled spring weather this week, and despite warming today, it looks like that’s what we’ll be in for this weekend.
Temperatures remain below normal for this time of year, and Saturday and Sunday highs are forecast to be in the upper 30s at higher elevations, where late winter conditions continue with a mixture of snow and ice. Snowshoes will still be needed above, but snow is patchy to nonexistent at lower and middle elevations where trails are generally muddy though less so on the periphery of the Adirondack Park where snow has already melted and trails are drier.
Because it’s Mud Season, DEC has shut the gates to roads typically closed at this time of year. Those roads will reopen once they dry out – typically in mid May. Now would be a good time to seek recreation opportunities in drier areas of the Adirondack Park such as the Lake George and Lake Champlain basins. If you do encounter mud, walk through, not around it, to avoid widening trails.
Waters continue to run seasonally high, especially in the Western Adirondacks, where rivers and streams, including the St. Regis, Oswagatchie, Beaver, Independence, and Black Rivers, running above normal, even for this time of year.
Some ice is still present on lakes and ponds. Early season paddlers should use caution, and be on the lookout for debris carried by spring freshets. Don’t paddle alone, wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry and always wear a personal floatation device, something that’s required by law until May first.
The Lake Champlain water temperature is about 39 and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 49 degrees.
Finally this week, although cross-country and back-country skiing has ended for the season, Gore and Whiteface are planning to open for one last weekend - weather permitting – so be sure to call ahead.
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.