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

The snow is now gone from lower elevations, but above about 2,000 feet there remains one to two feet of snow. Trail conditions vary. Lower elevation trails, trailheads and parking areas may be wet and mud, while middle and higher elevation trails still have hard-packed snow and ice.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Carry snowshoes and crampons on all hikes that go above about 2,000 feet. Snowshoes are still required at higher elevations in the High Peaks Wilderness. If you don’t have snowshoes, turn back when you encounter 8 inches or more snow on the ground.

Whiteface and Gore closed after Sunday’s skiing, ending the downhill ski season. Cross-country and backcountry skiing has also ended, although its' possible a few die-hards will get one more shot at high elevation late season spots this weekend.

Ice is no longer safe, though water temperatures remain very cold.  Waters are seasonably high. The streamgage at North Creek has fallen below 6 feet, but the Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is near flood stage.  The Ausbale River at Wilmington is in the upper 30s. Lake Champlain is about 38 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has jumped to about 45 degrees. If you are paddling this weekend, be on the lookout for springtime debris and remember, that until May first, life jackets are required to be worn by everyone on any boat less than 21 feet in length.

The gates remain shut on roads typically closed for mud season, including those in the Moose River Plains, the Jessup River Wild Forest, the Perkins Clearing – Speculator Tree Farm Easement Lands, and the Lake George Wild Forest, including the gate off Pike Brook Road that leads to the Black Mountain Trailhead.  The Shelving Rock road is also closed, as is the Lake Lila Road. The Corey’s Road is closed at the Raquette River Trailhead and although the trails through the Elk Lake Easement Lands have reopened for public use, the Clear Pond Gate remains closed. At the Former Finch Lands and Essex Chain Lakes Tract the Deer Pond and Chain Lakes Road gates have been shut.

And finally this week, the fire danger has been raised to moderate, and special care should be taken with fire in the snowless areas, especially in the Southern Adirondacks.  Residential brush burning remains prohibited through May 14th.

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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