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Misty morning on Lake Algonquin. Archive Photo of the Day, May 2012: Susan Dornan, Ft. Edward NY.
Misty morning on Lake Algonquin. Archive Photo of the Day, May 2012: Susan Dornan, Ft. Edward NY.

This weekend in the Adirondacks

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

Although the weather is forecast to be pleasant, be prepared for the possibility of encountering a rain shower, especially on Saturday.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Trails continue to be wet and muddy - wear gaiters and proper footwear and avoid trails above 3,000 feet, especially the higher elevation trails in the Dix, Giant and High Peaks Wilderness Areas where steep trails with thin soils can be heavily eroded and sensitive vegetation easily damaged at this time of year.

Waters continue to run well above normal around the region with some fixed docks underwater. The streamgage at North Creek is just under 5 feet and the Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is about 99 feet.

Water temperatures continues to rise slowly. The water temperature of the AuSable River at remains about 55 degrees; Mirror Lake is about 61 degrees, Lake Champlain has risen to about 53 degrees; and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George has broken the 60 degree mark.

More backcountry access roads have reopened this week, but many still contain muddy areas and rough spots so high axle or four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended.

In the Essex Chain Primitive Area the road to the parking area for paddlers accessing the Hudson River at the Iron Bridge is open, although the Cornell/Deer Pond Roads remain closed.

Piseco-Powley Road through the Ferris Lake Wild Forest in the Town of Arietta has reopened as has South Meadow Lane in the High Peaks Wilderness and the Lake Lila Road.

The Wolf Lake Landing Road in the Black River Wild Forest off Route 28 in McKeever has reopened, but the West Creek Road off Route 8 remains closed at Big Brook Bridge.

The main Moose River Plains Road is open but Otter Brook Road, Indian Lake Road and Rock Dam Road remain closed.

If you’re climbing this weekend, all routes on the Lower Washbowl Cliffs have reopened, although peregrine falcons are nesting on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs so climbing routes there remain closed. Peregrine falcons are also nesting on The Nose on the Main Face of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain so some routes have been marked closed there. Climbers on the Diagonal Area of Wall Face in Indian Pass in the High Peaks Wilderness are reporting the presence of peregrine falcons so DEC is asking climbers to avoid that area for the time being. Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch also remains closed.

A few reports of bear encounters are starting to trickle in. The use of bear-resistant canisters, now required in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, and recommended throughout the Adirondacks, helps protect bears from becoming too familiar with backcountry users.  Do your part by keeping all food, toiletries and garbage in the bear resistant canisters at all times.

And finally this week, remember to always check the weather forecast before entering the backcountry, to never travel alone, carry proper equipment, always inform someone of your itinerary, and be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods.

Those are the local outdoor conditions in the Adirondacks for this weekend, for North Country Public Radio, this is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack, online at www.AdirondackAlmanack.com.

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