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Vernal pool on the Jenkins Mountain trail near Paul Smiths. Archive Photo of the Day: Marc Wanner, Saranac Lake, NY
Vernal pool on the Jenkins Mountain trail near Paul Smiths. Archive Photo of the Day: Marc Wanner, Saranac Lake, 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.

It's forecast to be an outstanding weekend around the region with clear skies and the possibility of reaching the 90 degree mark in some areas on Sunday. It's the peak of the black fly season, however, and by some accounts they are particularly bad this year. Wear light-colored loose fitting clothing to avoid the worst of the black fly season.

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John Warren
Adirondack Correspondent

Trails continue to be wet and muddy, and there is still a muddy trail advisory in effect from DEC asking hikers to avoid trails above 3,000 feet, especially in the Dix, Giant and High Peaks Wilderness If you are hiking this weekend, you’ll still need your gaiters and remember to walk through – not around - muddy areas to avoid widening trails.

Waters around the region have returned to normal levels for this time of year and the Hudson River at North Creek has fallen to about 3 and a half feet.  The Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is about 98 and third feet.

Water temperatures continue to rise. The water temperature of Mirror Lake in Lake Placid is about 66 degrees; the AuSable River is in the upper 50s. Lake Champlain has risen to about 61 degrees. Lake Sacandaga is about 66 degrees, and the water temperature at Warner Bay on Lake George is about 63 degrees.

New state boat launch regulations are now in effect to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species.  The new regulations require boaters to remove all visible plants and animals from boats, trailers and associated equipment and to drain boats before launching from, or leaving, a DEC boat launch or waterway access.

The Newcomb Road to Camp Santanoni is now open for horses and horse drawn wagons, but a few backcountry access roads remain closed.

In the Essex Chain Primitive Area the Cornell/Deer Pond Roads are closed. West Creek Road off Route 8 remains closed at Big Brook Bridge, and the main Moose River Plains Road is open but Otter Brook Road, Indian Lake Road and Rock Dam Road remain closed.

The Upper Washbowl Cliffs are closed for Peregrine falcon nesting, along with some routes on The Nose at Poke-O-Moonshine. The nesting sites on the Diagonal Area of Wall Face in the High Peaks Wilderness are still not identified so climbers should avoid that area, as well as Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch which remains closed.

And finally this week, Route 9 between Roaring Brook Lane and Simonds Hill Road in the hamlet of New Russia, in Elizabethtown, has been closed after a culvert failure. That’s about six miles north of the intersection of Route 9 and Route 73. A detour has been posted. DOT is working on the repair but it may not be open until after this weekend.

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

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