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John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Expect seasonable temperatures in the Adirondacks with a chance of rain, freezing rain, and light snow. Although this precipitation is not expected to pose a threat of flooding, it will keep trails wet and slushy, especially in the afternoons.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Winter conditions with good snow remain at higher elevations and snowdrifts and ice are present on most summits, so carry crampons and use them when necessary. All slopes have a significant snow pack with strong temperature gradients and layers of variable strength snow that continue to pose a threat of avalanche. If you are not sure, don’t go. 

There remains one to two feet of snow on the ground at lower elevations in the central Adirondacks, valleys at the periphery of the park have considerably less snow and some bare ground. There is about 12 inches of snow at Lake Pleasant, 6 to 8 inches in Inlet, about a foot in Olmsteadville, 18 inches in Newcomb, and about a foot in Tupper Lake.

Rivers and streams have begun to rise as warmer temperatures this week began melting some of our snow pack and river banks are covered in snow and ice, which has delayed access to the region’s trout streams.

If you are going to be getting in some last downhill runs of the season, expect spring conditions, especially in the afternoons. Slides and glades are mostly closed, but Whiteface will have nearly all of their terrain open this weekend and Gore about 70%. Titus remains open, this will be the last week at McCauley in Old Forge, and Hickory, Oak, and Big Tupper have all closed for the season.

Cross country areas remain open with spring conditions and a solid base on groomed trails. Back-country ski routes also remain in good condition but expect fast down hills.  The best bets for this weekend remain the High Peaks and Newcomb.

A few die-hards snowmobilers will keep riding in the Moose River Plains and Perkins Clearing, and the few typically snowier spots, but in general, snowmobiling is no longer recommended. Trail in St. Lawrence County, Warren County, and the Town of Webb have closed for the season, lakes should no longer be considered safe, and are covered with slush and water. Village trails and those with heavier use are snirty and bare.

A reminder this week that the Peregrine falcon nesting season has closed Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch, Upper and Lower Washbowl Cliffs in the Chapel Pond area, and the usual routes on the Main Face of Poke-o-Moonshine.

Gates on the Gay Pond Truck Trail have been closed until the end of mud season and the Town of Fort Ann has closed the Shelving Rock Road on Lake George for mud season.

And finally, some good news for the Northville-Placid Trail. The trail will have a new starting point in the village of Northville beginning this year. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is working to take the route off the road between the village of Northville and Benson. A new trailhead and parking lot are being built at the Northville Waterfront Park, where an opening celebration is planned for June 7th and 8th.

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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