Sep 20, 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.
It’s a great time of year in the Adirondacks. The crowds have gone home, the weather and water is still warm, and the trees have begun to change in the High Peaks and other areas above about 2,000 feet. The next couple weeks should be a great time for leaf peeping.
The trails have dried some, and the fire danger remains moderate. Remember days are shorter, so plan your trips into the backcountry accordingly.
The region’s bears are bulking-up for the winter. With all of the available natural food, they haven’t been much of a problem this year, but the use of bear-resistant canisters is still required for all overnight visitors in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness through November 30th, and strongly encouraged elsewhere throughout the Adirondacks.
Rivers and streams are running seasonably low. Lake Champlain remains about a foot above normal for this time of year. A reminder if you are a late season boater - shallow, danger, and channel marker buoys are being pulled from lakes around the region. Know the area in which you travel and give a wide berth to unmarked dangerous areas.
Water temperatures are holding fairly steady this week, although they have fallen some. The AuSable River in Wilmington is in the upper-50s and lower-60s. The Lake Champlain water temperature has fallen to about 64 degrees, the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is down a couple degrees to about 67, and Great Sacandaga Lake near Scout Island is about 66 degrees.
The bridge over Quebec Brook on Blue Mountain Road remains closed. The work on Route 73 near Roaring Brook has ended.
And finally this week, some hunting seasons have opened and others will open shortly and you may encounter hunters on the trails. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare, but hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution and be sure to keep pets leased and on the trail.