Jul 11, 2014 — This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.
With a chance of rain on Sunday, Saturday is going to be your best bet to get out into the woods and onto the waters.
The fire danger has been raised to moderate so use care with fire. Remember that it’s illegal to leave a fire unattended until it is fully extinguished.
After several episodes of stormy weather some trails, especially in low-lying areas and near waters continue to have muddy areas, and waters continue to run well above normal in the Western Adirondacks. Some stream crossings there may be difficult, especially on Sunday afternoon. West Canada Creek and the Black, Independence, Beaver, and Oswegatchie rivers are running well above normal. The streamgage at North Creek is currently about three and half feet. The Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is at about 96 and half feet.
Water temperatures are warm with the AuSable River remaining in the mid-60s, Lake Champlain at about 69 degrees. Warner Bay on Lake George is about 75 degrees. And the water temperature at Great Sacandaga Lake has risen to about 80 degrees. That will make for some great swimming, but use caution, especially in raging rivers and streams.
Despite the warmer water temperatures there are no blue-green algae blooms to report yet, although some could develop in areas prone to blooms this weekend.
Continued reports of increased bear activity continue to come in from the backcountry. Be sure to store all food, toiletries and garbage in bear proof containers.
All climbing routes on the Upper Washbowl Cliffs, and some routes on the Main Face of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain remain closed and DEC continues to ask climbers to avoid the Diagonal Area of Wall Face due to the presence of peregrine falcons.
Elsewhere, the Rock Dam Road remains closed in the Moose River Plains, although the main road is open. The secondary roads in the Moose River Plains are rough and sometimes muddy – so use caution.
Near Lake George, the Black Mountain Trailhead gate off Pike Brook Road remains closed, but only adds about 15 minutes of hiking. In the Western Lake George Wild Forest Buttermilk Road Extension remains washed out and closed.
The Chain Lakes Road from Indian Lake along the Indian River has been opened to the Outer Gooley Club – that provides access to within three miles of the Cedar River put-in and within a mile of the Hudson River take-out above where the Indian enters the Hudson.
It looks like another great weekend for outdoor recreation in the Adirondacks – but be smart and safe.
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.