Aug 02, 2013 — John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack checks in each Friday morning with a look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for the weekend.
The fire danger is low, and rivers and streams have generally returned to normal or just above normal levels for this time of year.
Trails have generally dried out, but low-lying areas remain wetter than is typical for August, so be sure to wear appropriate footwear and be sure to walk through, not around wet and muddy areas to avoid widening the trails.
The temperature of lakes and rivers remain warm, mostly in the lower-70s. That’s the temperature of the Ausable River at Wilmington, and Lake Champlain. The water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 77 degrees.
The cooler weather has put an end to the blue-green algae blooms on Lake Champlain off Westport and at the Port Douglas boat launch; algae blooms remain active in Lake Sunnyside, Warren County, and at Butterfield Lake in Jefferson County. The bloom at Black Lake, outside the Adirondack Park in St. Lawrence County, has been confirmed to contain a high level of toxins. Remember to keep children and pets out of algae blooms.
Elsewhere around the region, emergency road repairs continue on Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Roaring Brook Falls Trailhead, where traffic is being reduced to one lane.
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 is from the Keene side of the mountain at the Crows Trailhead on O’Toole Road off East Hill Road.
Climbers should have some good news in the next week or two. Typically at this time of year DEC reopens climbing routes that have been closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites - until they are officially reopened however, some climbing routes at Shelving Rock, Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch, the main face of Poke-O-Moonshine, and the Lower Washbowl in the Chapel Pond area remain closed.
And finally this week, a reminder to learn and practice the leave no trace philosophy.
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.