Current Conditions in the Adirondack High Peaks Region
Compiled on: NOV 6, 2014
: Wilderness conditions can change suddenly. Weather conditions
may change at any time. All users should plan accordingly, including bringing flashlight, first aid equipment, extra food, plenty of water and clothing. Weather conditions may alter your plans; always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods.
Fire Danger: LOW. Campfires and wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.
Weekend Weather: Forecast calls for rain throughout the weekend. Temperatures are expected to range from the mid-30s to the upper 40s. Water-proof footwear, water-resistant outer wear and layers of non-cotton clothing are recommended. Always check the current weather conditions and forecast before entering the backcountry.
Weekend Weather: National Weather Service forecasts 5 to 8 inches of snow Thursday night through Friday evening. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the weekend with a chance of snow Saturday night and Sunday. Dress and pack appropriately for these conditions. Always check the current weather conditions and forecast before entering the backcountry.
Trail Conditions: Trails will be mix of mud and snow in the lower elevations, especially in low areas, drainages and along waters. Trails will have less mud and more snow in the higher elevations. Travel in snow takes more time and energy, plan hikes accordingly.
Summits: Temperatures will be colder, winds will be stronger and snow will be deeper. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits.
Proper Footwear: Boots should be worn on all hikes. Traction devices should be carried and worn when conditions warrant. Snowshoes may be required near and on summits.
Avoid Hypothermia: Stay dry and warm. Drink plenty of water, eat food often and stay rested.
Autumn: Plan for cold temperatures and limited daylight hours. Carry extra layers of non-cotton clothing. Put on and take off layers as needed to keep comfortable. Plan your trips to ensure you are out of the backcountry before dark. Always carry a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries.
Summits: Expect and prepare for cooler temperatures and stronger winds on summits. Snow h& ice may be found on summits in the morning. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits.
Hunting Seasons: Hunting seasons for big game, small game and waterfowl are open or will open soon. Northern Zone Regular Big Game Season opened Saturday, October 25. Hikers should be aware that they may meet hunters bearing firearms or archery equipment while hiking on trails. Please recognize that these are fellow outdoor recreationists with the legal right to participate in these activities on the Forest Preserve. There is no record of a hunting related shooting incident in New York State involving a hiker.
Bear Resistant Canisters: The use of bear-resistant canisters is required for all overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness and highly recommended in all other locations. Nuisance bear activity has been reported in the Lake Colden area. All food, toiletries and garbage must be stored in a bear-resistant canister.
Group Size: DEC regulation restricts group size in the High Peaks Wilderness to no more than 15 hikers (day users) or 8 campers (overnight users) and encourages this practice to be followed in other wildernesses. Large groups have significantly more impact on the trails, natural resources and other users.
Dogs on Leash: Dog owners are reminded that dogs must be leashed in the Eastern Zone of the High Peaks when on trails, at primitive tent sites, at lean-to sites, everywhere above 4,000 feet, or at other areas where the public congregates. It is recommended dogs be kept leashed in most areas for the safety of your dog, the protection of wildlife and as a courtesy to fellow hikers.
BE PREPARED BEFORE ENTERING THE BACK COUNTRY:
Know: Your own physical capabilities, knowledge of backcountry recreation and skill level.
The distance you plan to travel and the terrain and conditions you will encounter.
Check: For current information before entering the backcountry (518-897-1300).
Current weather conditions and short-term forecast.
Wear: Appropriate outer wear and foot wear.
Layers of non-cotton clothes.
Carry: Map and compass - know how to use them and use them!
Flashlight and extra batteries .
Plenty of food and water.
Pack: Extra clothes and socks.
Hat and gloves or mittens.
Ensolite pad to rest on and insulate your body from cold surfaces.
Bivy sack or space blankets for extra warmth.
Fire starter supplies - waterproof matches, butane lighter, candles, starter material, etc.
Always: Inform someone of your itinerary and when you expect to return.
Please be aware that accessing the Forest Preserve through the rest areas is prohibited. In accordance with New York State Regulation §156.3(d), vehicles may not be left unattended in the rest area, unless the operator or passenger is within the rest area. Also parking of vehicles for longer than three hours during the hours of darkness is not permitted in accordance with §156.3(c).
Clear Pond Gate and Elk Lake Trails: The Clear Pond Gate on the Elk Lake Road is closed and will remain closed until the end of the spring mud season. The two trails that pass through the Elk Lake property to Panther Gorge in the High Peaks Wilderness and the southern approaches to Dix Mountain in the Dix Mountain Wilderness are also closed, but will reopen at the end of the Northern Zone Regular Big Game Season on Monday, December 8.
Hurricane Mountain Trail: The trail from the Route 9N trailhead has been rerouted to bypass areas flooded by beavers. The trail now extends 3.4 miles from the trailhead to the summit. The reroute and new footbridges were completed by the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program.
Marshall and Other Trail-less Peaks: Many of the herd paths found on Marshall and some of the other trail-less peaks meander around the slopes of the mountain without reaching the peak. Those climbing these peaks should navigate with a map and compass rather than follow the paths created by others.
Trap Dike: Fixed ropes, harnesses and other equipment are often abandoned in the Trap Dike. Due to the age, weatherizing and wearing of these materials they are unsafe and should never be used.
Closed Campsite: The designated campsite on Big Slide Mountain Brook in Johns Brook Valley near the intersection with the Phelps Trail has been permanently closed due to site degradation. Other designated campsites are located across from the Howard Lean-to and just past Johns Brook Lodge. Signs on the hiking trail direct hikers to these sites.
Bradley Pond Trail: The first foot bridge on the Bradley Pond Trail has been dropped and is unusable. The stream can be forded /rock hopped most of time on the downstream side of the bridge site.
Hurricane Mountain Trails: Some areas on the trail from Route 9N are flooded due to beaver activity, reroutes have been developed to get around those areas.
Northville-Placid Trail: The trail contains a large area of blowdown near the Seward Lean-to. A detour around the blowdown has been marked with pink flagging.
Deer Brook Trail: The low water route through Deer Brook Flume on this trail to Snow Mountain remains impassible due to severe erosion.
Southside Trail: DEC has closed the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost and is not maintaining it at this time.
Cold Brook Trail: DEC has closed the Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass and is not maintaining it at this time.