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Trail Conditions

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Current Conditions in the Adirondack High Peaks Region
Compiled on: Sept 11, 2014
Backcountry Conditions: 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 DangerLOW. Be cautious with campfires. Campfires and wood burning stoves are prohibited in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness.

Trail Conditions: Trails are mainly dry but wet and muddy conditions may be encountered in low areas, drainages and trails along waters. Wear gaiters and appropriate footwear. Walk through – not around – wet and muddy areas to avoid further eroding and widening trails.

Shorter Days: The sun is rising later and setting earlier. Plan your trips to ensure you are out of the backcountry before darkness sets in. Always carry a flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries just in case.

Hunting Seasons: Early bear hunting season opens Saturday in the Adirondacks. Other hunting seasons for small game, waterfowl and big game will begin shortly. 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. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are extremely rare. Hikers may want to wear bright colors as an extra precaution.

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.

Biting Insects: Black Flies are beginning to diminish. Mosquitoes and Deer Flies have taken their place in the backcountry. Midges (No-see-ums) are beginning to be present. Minimize the nuisance of biting insects: wear light colored clothing, long sleeve shirts and long pants; tuck shirts into pants, tuck pant legs into socks and button or rubber band sleeves at the wrist; pack a head net to wear when insects are thick; and use an insect repellant with DEET, follow label directions.

Summits: Expect and prepare for cooler temperatures and stronger winds. Sight distance will be limited, sometimes significantly, when clouds cover the summits.

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.

Garden Parking Area: The Garden parking area is open and the Town of Keene is collecting parking fees.  2014 GARDEN PARKING / SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE

Poor Man's Downhill Shuttle Bus: The Town of Wilmington will operate a shuttle bus for mountain bikers on Sunday July 20, between 1 pm and 4 pm. The shuttle will take mountain bikers from the downhill trailhead off Route 86 to the uphill trailhead off Route 431. The Poor Man's Downhill is a multi-use trail on the northeast side of Whiteface Mountain. The trail begins just below the toll booth for the Whiteface Mountain Veteran's Memorial Highway and ends 1,150 feet lower and nearly 3 miles away in the hamlet of Wilmington.

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).
Trail Advisories:
South Meadow Lane: The road is open for public motorized access.

Rock Climbing Route: All rock climbing routes on Upper Washbowl Cliffs near Chapel Pond are now open.

Rock Climbing Route Closures: All rock climbing routes on Moss Cliff in the Wilmington Notch and Lower Washbowl Cliffs near Chapel Pond were previously opened. Climbers on the Diagonal Area of Wallface have reported being dived at by peregrine falcons. DEC is asking climbers to avoid this area of Wallface until further notice.

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.

Corey’s Road: The road is open for public motorized access. 

Duck Hole-Henderson Lake Trail: A new bridge has been constructed over Roaring Brook near Duck Hole.

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.
Elk Lake Trails: The trails through the Elk Lake Easement Lands are reopened to public use. However, the Clear Pond Gate remains closed through the end of spring mud season. This will add approximately four miles to a roundtrip hike, plan trips accordingly.
Corey’s Road: Due to planned logging operations at Ampersand Park the Raquette River Trailhead gate will be closed this winter. Public motorized access will be prohibited beyond there. It is nearly 3 miles from the gate to the Truck Trail Trailhead, plan trips accordingly.
East River Trail is Open: The new bridge on the East River Trail over the Hudson River is complete and the trail has reopened.
Duck Hole-Henderson Lake Trail: A new bridge has been constructed over Roaring Brook near Duck Hole.
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.

Klondike Trail: The bridge over South Meadow Brook on the Klondike Trail has been replaced. The trail can now be accessed directly from the end of South Meadow Road.
Hurricane Mountain Trails: A portion of the Hurricane Road on the Elizabethtown (east) side of the Hurricane Mountain is washed out. The Hurricane Mountain Trailhead at the end of the road cannot be reached. The trail from Route 9N is flooded by beaver activity and rains. It is passable if you are willing to wade. Currently the only easily accessible trail to the summit of Hurricane Mountain is from The Crows Trailhead on the O’Toole Road off East Hill Road on the Keene (west) side of the mountain.
Garden Parking Lot: The town of Keene is staffing The Garden parking lot and a $7/day fee is being collected 7 days a week. The shuttle is running from the remote parking area near Marcy Field.
Marshall and Other Trailless 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. 
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. 
Marcy Brook Foot Bridge: A new bridge has been constructed over Marcy Brook. It is located approximately 200 feet below Marcy Dam, upstream from the low water crossing that had been in use since Hurricane Irene washed away the old bridge over Marcy Dam.
Southside Trail: DEC has closed the Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost and is not maintained 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.
Deer Brook Trail: The low water route through the Deer Brook Flume on this trail to Snow Mountain remains impassable due to severe erosion.
Duck Hole-Henderson Lake Trail: The bridge over Roaring Brook Bridge near Duck Hole is out.
Calkins Creek Horse Trail: Two bridges are out - the trail is impassable for horse drawn wagons and difficult for horses.
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