Jun 07, 2013 — This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Trails remain a sloppy and wet, especially above about 3,000 feet. Even at lower elevations, most trails around the region are wet, so expect to encounter some muddy areas.
Rivers and streams continue to run above normal for this time of year, particularly those in the Northern Adirondacks. Low water crossings may not be passable this weekend and paddlers should use caution, and be on the lookout for debris.
Water temperatures warmed considerably around the region this week. The temperature off the dock at Mirror Lake is in the mid-60s. The Ausable River at Wilmington has risen into the lower 60s; Lake Champlain water temperature has risen to the upper-50s; and the temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has risen into mid-60s.
Nearly all roads typically closed during mud season have now reopened. A couple roads remain rough enough to warrant a warning. They include the Shelving Rock Road to Dacy Clearing on the East Side of Lake George, which is open, but vehicles with low clearance should use caution. Also, the Old Military Road from Sled Harbor to the Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead in the Perkins Clearing –Speculator Tree Farm Easement Lands is passable only by high clearance vehicles. All others should park at Sled Harbor and hike in from there.
Road construction has begun on Route 73 in Cascade Pass. Expect delays there through the end of June. Also, the two easternmost parking areas for Cascade and Pitchoff Mountains will be closed, the other three parking areas will be crowded, so users should probably avoid that area through June, especially on the weekends.
Finally this week, during the last full weekend in June, anyone may fish the fresh waters of New York State without a fishing license. This is the great opportunity to try angling for the first time or take a friend or relative fishing.
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.