Oct 11, 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.
This is the Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend so expect popular areas to be busy and trailhead parking lots and interior campsites to reach capacity. This would be a great weekend to see other, less visited parts of the Adirondack Park.
The leaves are still near peak at the periphery of the Adirondacks, and warmer places like Lake George and the Champlain Valley have outstanding color.
Remember, days a shorter now, so plan accordingly and carry a flashlight or headlamp, and fresh batteries.
Abnormally dry conditions continue through all of Essex, Warren, and Hamilton counties and Northern Herkimer County, although a line of heavy storms this week lowered the fire danger and brought waters back to their seasonably low levels.
Remember though, with dry weather expected this weekend and the ground littered with fallen leaves, use extreme care with open fires.
Also, black bears continue to be active, so use a bear proof canister and learn and practice the principles of avoiding bear encounters.
With our recent warm weather, water temperatures are holding steady. The AuSable River in Wilmington remains in the mid-50s. Lake Champlain continues at about 60 degrees, the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 65 degrees, and Great Sacandaga Lake remains about 62.
A new trail – just short of three miles long - has been built to the firetower on summit of Loon Lake Mountain. A trailhead parking area is located on the west side of County Route 26 in the Town of Franklin, about 5 miles north of the hamlet of Loon Lake – it will be plowed this winter.
The new trail rises more than 1,600 feet to the 2,264-foot open bedrock summit of Loon Lake Mountain, which provides views of Lyon Mountain, Whiteface and the High Peaks, and more.
The 35-foot Loon Lake Mountain Fire Tower is on the New York State Register of Historic Places and is not yet open to the public.
Nearby, a number of new facilities are open on the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands (those are the former Domtar lands near Lyon Mountain). Now open for public use are new parking lots, along with roads and trails through private lease areas.
More information about accessing the Sable Highlands can be found online.
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.