Jul 26, 2013 — John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack brings this look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
Following temperatures last week in the 90s, the weather has turned cooler, with night time temperatures dipping into the low 40s – if you’re out overnight this weekend, you’ll want to be prepared for cooler mornings.
The fire danger is moderate, and with the notable exception of the Raquette River, most rivers and streams have returned to normal levels in the northwestern Adirondacks, but waters elsewhere remain above normal for this time of year. Trails in the central, southern, and eastern Adirondacks that are normally dry or have little water at this time of year may still be wet or have standing water.
Cooler weather has brought down the temperatures of lakes and rivers. The Ausable River at Wilmington is in the lower 70s; Lake Champlain is in the upper-60s; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about has fallen to about 78 degrees. Water temperatures will likely continue to fall this week with continued cooler weather.
There are still a few potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms being reported around the region. A new bloom was reported this week off Westport on Lake Champlain; there are also blooms at the Port Douglas boat launch in Corlaer Bay and in the Ferrisburgh and Addison, Vermont areas opposite the towns of Essex and Westport.
There are still blooms in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County, Butterfield Lake in Jefferson County, and Black Lake in St. Lawrence County. All waters can experience a bloom, even if they never had one before. Remember to keep children and pets out of algae blooms.
Taking a look elsewhere around the region, emergency road repairs are underway on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead. Traffic there is being reduced to one lane.
Also in the High Peaks, the first bridge on the Bradley Pond Trail is damaged and reported unsafe, but the stream can be forded there. The second bridge, which crosses Santanoni Brook, is tilting considerably, and should be used with caution.
A portion of Hurricane Road is washed out on the east side of Hurricane Mountain - that’s the Elizabethtown side. The Hurricane Mountain Trailhead at the end of the road is inaccessible by motor vehicles. The trail from Route 9N is flooded by beaver activity, but is passable for hiker’s willing to wade, so the only easily accessible trail to the summit of Hurricane Mountain right now is from the Keene side of the mountain at the Crows Trailhead on O’Toole Road off East Hill Road.
In the Whitney Wilderness the Rock Pond / Hardigan Pond Portage has been rerouted. The new take-out on Rock Pond is located about 600 feet northeast of the old take-out. The reroute adds about a quarter-mile to the carry between Rock and Hardigan Ponds.
And finally this week, the Lake Placid Ironman will take place on Sunday so expect heavy traffic and significant delays in and around the village. Route 73 between Keene and Lake Placid, Route 9N between Keene and AuSable Forks, Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington, Hardy Road in Wilmington and Riverside Drive in North Elba will all be part of the course, so seek alternate routes or be prepared for long delays.
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.