The following are just the most recent notices regarding public lands in the Adirondacks. Visit the Adirondack Backcountry Information webpages for a complete list of notices, including seasonal road status, vie ferrate closures, specific trail conditions and other pertinent information.
New this week:
Santa Clara Conservation Easement: The southern branch of the CP3 route loop is currently closed to motorized users. Due to logging on the property, users accessing the easement should slow down and exercise caution on both Brown Track Road and easement roads in this area. Anglers are advised not to use the northern of the two fishing spots on the CP3 route as trucks regularly cross this bridge.
Climbing Adirondack Rock: DEC is closing certain climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Once peregrine falcon nest sites are designated, climbing routes that do not disrupt nesting will be reopened. Routes that remain closed will reopen after the young have flown out. All climbing routes are open from 07/19/22. Thank you for your cooperation.
Ha De Ron Dah Wilderness: The bog bridge over the outlet of Middle Settlement Lake (on the Middle Settlement Lake Trail, west of the Lean-to) is derelict. All users should either use caution when driving through or cross elsewhere.
Fire Danger Reminder: Practice utmost safety when making campfires this summer. The dry weather in June and July has increased the risk of fire. Most of the state remains at moderate fire risk, meaning any outdoor fire can spread quickly, especially when winds pick up. Follow DEC fire safety recommendations to reduce the risk of wildfires.
Saratoga Sand Plains Archery Range: The archery range will be closed on August 3rd and 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a DEC Becoming and Outdoors Woman event. It can be used by the public until 4:00 p.m. on these days.
Visit the main Adirondack Backcountry Information page for additional trip planning resources.
What you need to know (07/28):
- Temperatures: It’s getting hot, hot, hot! Friday through Sunday it is expected to hit the mid 70s with lows in the mid-high 40s to low 50s. Some showers are possible this weekend so be prepared for pop-up storms. The weather can change suddenly, even on sunny days, so bring extra layers and rain and wind gear.
- water transitions: Water levels may be elevated in some areas. Do not attempt to cross high, fast-moving water, especially after a rain or storm.
- Stinging insects: Black flies, gnats and deer flies – oh my god! Pack bug spray, bug nets, and other methods of bite protection.
- Heat safety: Heat will be a significant safety concern this weekend. Consider postponing challenging hikes. Wear sunscreen and other sun protection. Bring plenty of water, take breaks in the shade, and eat salty foods to help with water retention and electrolyte balance. Begin hydration before your activity begins. Know the signs of heat illness and take immediate action if you notice it or see it in a member of your party. Learn more at DEC’s Hike Smart NY website. For their safety, leave pets at home.
- Sunrise sunset: Sunrise = 5:38 AM, Sunset = 8:25 PM Make a schedule and stick to it. Pack a headlamp, even if you expect to finish your activity before sunset.
- Travel: Expect the trails to be busy. Plan to arrive at your destination early and have several backup plans in case the parking lot fills up at your desired location. Follow @NYSDECAlerts on Twitter for real-time updates on parking status.
Hiking information stations: Visit a hiking information station for information on parking, alternative hiking areas, local land use rules and regulations, safety and preparedness, and Leave No Trace™. Please visit us this weekend at the following locations:
- Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
- High Peaks Rest Area, heading north on Route 87, from 7am
- Additional stops this weekend:
- Friday – Sunday at Garden Trailhead, Keene Valley, from 7am
- Friday – Sunday at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Lake Placid, start at 7:00 am
Route 73 Hiking Shuttle: The Route 73 hiker shuttle from Marcy Field has resumed for the summer season. The free shuttle runs on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM until October 10, 2022. The shuttle stops at the Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads. A full schedule and route map are available on the DEC website. All passengers must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Check out the weather: Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack and plan accordingly. Check the National Weather Service Northern Adirondacks and Southern Adirondacks Mountain Point Forecasts for select peak forecasts. Check both day and night temperatures, and remember that temperatures drop as altitude increases.
Fire danger: Since 28.07. the risk of fire in the Adirondacks is low. Check the fire rating card.
Water conditions: Water levels throughout the Adirondack region have a wide range from below average to above average for this time of year, depending on the region. Check the USGS Current Water Data for New York for current flow of selected bodies of water. Personal flotation devices (PFDs, also known as life jackets) are highly recommended.
Hiking with a dog: Dogs that hike in warm temperatures risk heat exhaustion and death. If your dog collapses, move quickly to create shade for the dog and cool his feet and stomach – this is the most effective way to help an overheated dog. The best way to protect your pet is to leave them at home.
Ticks: Wear light-colored, tight-knit clothing for easy spotting of ticks. Wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and shirt into pants. Frequently check clothing and exposed skin for ticks outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on cleared, well-travelled trails and walk in the middle of trails. Avoid dense forests and bushy areas. More tick prevention tips.
Required Bear Canisters: NYSDEC requires overnight guests in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1st and November 30th to use bear-resistant canisters. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-resistant canisters throughout the upstate Adirondack. Bear canisters should be used to store all food, food waste, toiletries and other scented items. Canisters should be stored at least 100 feet away from tents, shelters and cooking areas and kept closed when not being accessed. Learn more about bear canisters and how to avoid human-bear conflict.
Adirondack Mountain Reserve: From May 1st through October 31st, parking reservations are required for day and overnight access to the parking lot, trailheads and trails located on the privately owned 7,000 acre AMR property in the town of Keene, region high peaks are located. A list of frequently asked questions and how to register can be found on the AMR website.
Security & Education
Summer is here! Whether you’re hiking, biking, paddling or fishing, Hike Smart NY can help you prepare with a list of 10 essentials, clothing guides and tips for planning your trip with safety and sustainability in mind.
recognize heat illnesses
heat cramps are the result of your body losing a large amount of water and salt. Symptoms include:
- Painful muscle spasms
- Heavy sweating
What to do: Go to a cool place, drink a sports drink or water, and gently stretch/massage the area. See a doctor if the spasms last more than an hour or if the person has a heart problem.
heat exhaustion is the result of heat stress, water/electrolyte loss and insufficient hydration. Symptoms include:
- Heavy sweating
- Pale/sweaty/reddened skin
- Increased and/or weak pulse
What to do: Go to a cool, shady place and replenish lost fluids. Loosen/remove as much clothing as possible and moisten and fan the subject to increase the cooling rate. Continue to monitor the person as recovery can take up to 24 hours.
heatstroke is a combination of overexertion and severe dehydration. Symptoms include:
- temperature of 104°F
- Disorientation/bizarre personality changes
- Hot/dry/red/damp skin
- Increased heart and breathing rate
What to do: Call 911 immediately, Then go to a cool place, remove as much heat-trapping clothing as possible, and begin quickly cooling yourself with cold water, focusing on your head and neck while using cold packs on your neck, groin, armpits, hands, and feet . fan also constantly; rapid cooling is the only way to save the person. Cooling efforts may stop once the original mental state returns. Monitor during evacuation as relapses are common. You must contact a healthcare provider.
Visit the American Red Cross website for more information.
Leave no trace
Follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace to minimize your impact on the Adirondacks’ environment and natural resources. Use proper trail etiquette to ensure an enjoyable experience for yourself and others, and tread lightly!
Leave what you find
The Adirondacks are full of things to explore. From abandoned logging camps and plane wrecks to some of the world’s rarest alpine vegetation, there are endless opportunities for wilderness adventure. However, these adventures can only survive if we do our best to make them tangible for everyone. That’s why we always leave behind what we find when we’re out in wilderness areas.
Whether it’s a wildflower or wildlife, a trail marker or a summit sign, it’s always best to snap a photo to remember it. Taking plants and animals from their habitat not only limits the ability of others to discover these things for themselves, but also harms the environment from which they are separated.
The removal of way marker discs, signs and other navigational items is extremely dangerous and prohibited. This can cause others to get lost and ruin their wilderness experience. Always opt for a local gear store or gift shop to purchase a souvenir as an alternative.
So remember Click on it, don’t select it.