May 03, 2013 — This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
The Adirondacks jumped fully into spring this week and our warm and dry weather will continue into an outstanding weekend. The ultraviolet index is expected to be HIGH this weekend, so you should consider wearing sunscreen, especially if you plan on doing some boating.
The Lake Champlain water temperature has risen to about 45 degrees; the temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has risen into the mid 50s.
Campers should expect colder nighttime temperatures, that could dip into the upper 30s in sheltered areas and cooler valleys. Snow and ice remain above about 3,500 feet, and that snow melt is keeping rivers and streams in the central Adirondacks higher, but elsewhere waters are below normal for this time of year, the result of our continued dry spring.
The dryness around the region has kept Mud Season in check, but because snow and ice remains at higher elevations and trails remain muddier there, it’s still a good time to seek recreation opportunities outside the High Peaks.
Everywhere now the fire danger has been raised to high, and several small wildfires have already burned more than 20 acres. Until the green growth of spring comes conditions can quickly dry out, even with occasional rain. The state’s burn ban remains in effect through next weekend.
Most gates to roads DEC typically closes at this time of year remain shut, but a few have reopened, including the Corey’s Road in the Western High Peaks, the gate at the Hogtown Parking Lot, and the Shelving Rock Road as far as Dacy Clearing - although that road is currently in very rough shape.
Adirondac Loj has reopened after renovations, and the town of Keene is now staffing The Garden parking lot. The shuttle from the remote parking near Marcy Field is not yet running.
Road work has begun along Route 73 in Cascade Pass between Keene and Lake Placid. There is limited parking at Cascade Mountain trailhead and the parking areas at the western trailhead for Pitchoff Mountain, and Stagecoach Rock are closed. The road will be closed completely next weekend. Hikers should seek out other hiking opportunities during the month of May. Construction is expected to be completed by Memorial Day Weekend, but hikers and climbers should avoid the area for now.
Road construction is also underway on Old Military Road, connecting Route 73 and Route 86, and a detour through the village of Lake Placid is required. That construction is also expected to be completed by Memorial Day Weekend.
It’s going to be an amazing weekend to get out into the woods or onto the waters – stay safe and enjoy the sun.
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.