Here is your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend from John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack.
The leaves have mostly fallen around the region. What fall foliage remains is past peak in the Central Adirondacks, but the valleys along Lake George and Lake Champlain are now at their peak.
A considerable warm-up this week melted the small amounts of snow and ice which had accumulated on High Peak summits late last week. Cooler weather will move in this weekend, with freezing nighttime temperatures and snow forecast for the High Peaks on Saturday night. Be prepared for winter conditions if you are hiking on Saturday, and always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods.
Winds are expected to be 5 to 10 miles per hour though Saturday and 10 to 15 miles per hour on Sunday – Sunday night will be very cold.
The colder weather will drive down water temperatures, but for now they are holding steady. Arbutus Lake in Newcomb is about 55 degrees; and Lake Champlain and Lake George are about 60 degrees.
Trails will be wet and muddy this weekend, especially in low-lying areas and along drainages. The Hudson River at North Creek at just under 3.5 feet and the Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is just over 94 feet.
The Whiteface Toll Road and the gondola have closed for the season. The Prospect Mountain Highway will remain open through next weekend, as will Fish Creek, Paradox Lake and Ausable Point campgrounds, all other DEC campgrounds are now closed. This will be the last weekend for the Keene Shuttle from Marcy Field to the Garden, that runs from 7 am to 7 pm. Town of Keene is still collecting a $7.00 per day parking fee at the Garden Parking Lot, and will do so through the month of October.
Road construction has ended along Route 73 at Cascade Pass.
This will be the last weekend that the Clear Pond Gate on the Elk Lake Road is open. The gate will close next Saturday until the end of mud season in the spring. The trails through the Elk Lake tract, between Newcomb and North Hudson, including the Hunter’s Pass Trail to the Dix Wilderness, will also close next Saturday, but will reopen at the end of the Regular Big Game Hunting Season on December 8th.
In the Eastern Lake George Wild Forest the Dacy Clearing Road is will stay open until snowmobile season when it becomes a snowmobile trail. The road will close to all motorized vehicles in the spring for mud season.
In the West Canada Lakes Wilderness, the Student Conservation Association has built bog bridging on the Cedar Lakes Trail between the Pillsbury Lake Trailhead and the Cedar Lakes. Also in the West Canada Lakes, there is some considerable blowndown on Northville-Placid Trail near Mud Lake.
And finally this week, a reminder bears have been active in obtaining food from campers and local homes. Regulation requires the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness, but bear proof containers are suggested everywhere in the Adirondacks. All food, toiletries and garbage should be stored in the bear resistant canisters.
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