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This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

A muddy trail advisory remains in effect and DEC is continuing to ask hikers to avoid trails above 3,000 feet to protect the trails and surrounding vegetation.  Thanks to recent rains, even at lower elevations most trails around the region are wet, so expect to encounter some muddy areas.

Rivers and streams continue to run well above normal for this time of year.  Low water crossings may not be accessible and some water crossings may be difficult and intimidating to some hikers.

Paddlers should use caution and be on the lookout for debris. Localized afternoon storms this weekend could quickly raise the level of rivers and streams even more, so watch weather reports closely.

The water temperature of Mirror Lake is in the mid-60s. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the lower 60s; Lake Champlain water temperature is in the about 57 degrees; and the temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George remains about 67 degrees.

We’re starting to see reports of algae blooms. No toxin testing has been conducted yet, but weather conditions are good for the next few days for algae blooms. If you are going to be on Lake Champlain this weekend watch for and avoid algae blooms.

Road construction continues on Route 73 in Cascade Pass through Monday and the two easternmost parking areas for Cascade and Pitchoff Mountains remain closed.  Hikers are advised to avoid that area for at least one more weekend.

Elsewhere in the High Peaks, the first bridge on the Bradley Pond Trail is unusable. The stream there can be forded down stream of the bridge site.  Also, a new foundation has been built for the Orebed Lean-to by volunteers from Lean2 Rescue.

In the Wilmington Wild Forest the map of the Beaver Brook Trail system has been updated to include the new 3 mile trail on the east side of Hardy Road. You can find that map online.

Over in Newcomb, work on the second of the three stone bridges on the Newcomb Lake Road (about 3 miles from the trailhead) will continue this weekend. Visitors there can use a small foot bridge but horse drawn wagons will not be able to pass. Expect construction on the Newcomb Lake Road to continue into the fall, but it should not limit access after this weekend.

In the Taylor Pond Wild Forest the Poke-O-Moonshine Fire Tower is now open for the season and Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine have arranged for interpretative volunteers from 9 to 5, Thursdays through Mondays through August.

And finally this week, 7,200 acres of land along the Hudson River between Newcomb and Indian Lake, the lower reaches of the Cedar River and the lands and ponds south of the Cedar River, are now open to the public for the first time in more than a hundred years. DEC has created a webpage with information and maps for these new state lands, part of the recent purchase of former Finch, Pruyn lands from the Nature Conservancy.

It looks like it will be a good weekend weather-wise, a good opportunity to get out and explore some of these new public lands.

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.

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