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This weekend in the Adirondacks

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Each Friday, the Adirondack Almanack takes a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend. The warm and dry weather the region has been enjoying has given way to wetter and cooler conditions, and a forecast for unsettled weather through the weekend.

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Reported by

John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

The fire danger is MODERATE despite some scattered rain showers this week, numerous wildfires have burned in recent weeks and conditions can quickly dry out between rain events at this time of year.  Campfires are banned in the Eastern High Peaks, and open burning is banned throughout the state through the weekend.  

Although waters are running at spring levels and snow-melt continues in the High Peaks, rivers and streams elsewhere are running below normal for this time of year.  Waters are warming quickly. The temperature off the dock at Mirror Lake reached into the 60s this week. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the upper 50s; Lake Champlain water temperature has risen into the lower 50s; and the temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 55 degrees.

Lower and middle elevations trails are drier now, but higher elevations still have snow and ice and DEC is advising hikers to avoid trails above 3,000 feet to protect trails and vegetation, which are vulnerable at this time of year as snow-melt saturates thin soils. It remains a good time to seek recreation opportunities outside the High Peaks.

The gate at Clear Pond on the Elk Lake Road will has reopened. That road provides access to the Elk Lake - Mount Marcy and Hunter Pass - Dix Mountin trailheads.

Road work has been postponed along Route 73 in Cascade Pass between Keene and Lake Placid. The parking at the trailheads for Cascade, Porter, and Pitchoff mountains are open and available for use.

Road construction continues on Old Military Road, connecting Route 73 and Route 86, where a detour through the village of Lake Placid is required.

And finally this week, DEC is preparing a management plan for nearly 60,000 acres of Forest Preserve and other state-managed lands in the Chazy Highlands Complex in Franklin and Clinton counties. DEC is seeking public input on the management plan which includes Lyon Mountain, Haystack Knob, Norton Peak, and Ellenburg Mountain; Upper Chateaugay Lake and Chazy Lake; and parts of the Saranac and Great Chazy rivers.  More information can be found at the DEC website, and a public meeting is planned for May 23rd in Saranac.

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.

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