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

Expect unsettled weather on Saturday with the possibility of rain, so Sunday will be the best day to get out this weekend.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Ice and snow remain above about 3,500 and there is still deep snow above 4,000 feet, but trails to get there are wet and muddy. DEC has issued an advisory asking hikers to avoid trails above 3,000 feet, especially the higher elevation trails in the Dix, Giant and High Peaks Wilderness Areas, because of muddy conditions.  Steep trails with thin soils can be heavily eroded at this time of year and sensitive vegetation is easily damaged when trampled.

Better options during mud season are lower elevation areas.  In the High Peaks Wilderness Try Ampersand or Cascade mountains, Big Slide or The Brothers. Other good options include Azure Mountain in the Debar Mountain Wild Forest, Baker and Haystack mountains in the McKenzie Mountain Wilderness; Pharaoh Mountain, between Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga, Crane Mountain in Johnsburg, or Panther and Scarface mountains in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest. There are dozens of lower elevation areas to explore to avoid the worst of the mud season; the next few weekends would be a great opportunity to visit them.

Water temperatures are beginning to rise, but remain cold. Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and the AuSable River at Wilmington are both in the lower 40s. The water temperature of Lake Champlain is about 40 degrees and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has reached 50 degrees.

Waters remain seasonably high, but normal for this time of year, and falling. The Hudson River streamgage at North Creek is about 5.25 feet and falling. The Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is 100 feet, that’s flood stage.

A reminder that all boat operators born on or after May 1, 1996 are now required to complete an eight-hour safe boating course and obtain a Safe Boating Certificate.  Also, DEC has new regulations that require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and equipment and to drain boats before launching or leaving a DEC boat launch and water access area.  Lake George’s mandatory inspection and decontamination program begins Thursday.

All boaters should meet the clean, drained, and dry standard before launching in any Adirondack waters and cooperate with lake stewards they meet at local launches.

The gates remain shut on roads typically closed for mud season.

A finally this week, the fire danger has been raised to MODERATE. Because of increased fire risk during spring, the residential brush burn ban is in effect until Thursday.

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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