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Here is your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend from John Warren of the Adirondack Almanack.
The first widespread freeze occurred last night around the Adirondacks with some areas dipping into the 20s. That’s a reminder that backcountry visitors should be prepared for freezing temperatures by bringing along extra clothing, a hat and gloves – always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods. And although it’s still technically summer, days are considerably shorter with sunset arriving before 7 pm – be sure to plan accordingly and carry a flashlight, and extra batteries.
The fire danger has been raised to Moderate and we’ll be entering the fall fire season this week as the weather dries – so use care with fire, especially this weekend when it’s expected to be breezy with winds 10-15 miles per hour.
The cooler weather has brought down water temperatures considerably this week, and the swimming weather has ended, except for the hardiest souls. Arbutus Lake in Newcomb is about 55 degrees, about the temperature of the Ausable River; Lake Champlain is about 65; and Great Sacandaga Lake and Lake George are about 68 degrees.
The streamgage at North Creek is about 3 feet and the Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is just above 94 and a half feet.
Hunting seasons have begun in the Adirondacks. Hikers may meet hunters on the trail – remember that these are fellow outdoor recreationists. Hunting accidents involving non-hunters are rare, but hikers may want to wear bright colors as a precaution and keep pets leashed and on the trail.
As we head into fall, bears will become more active in seeking food from homes, camps, and in the backcountry – keep food away from bears. Each year DEC puts down several nuisance bears that have become too accustomed to interacting with humans in pursuit of their food.
Sunday will be the last Poor Man’s Downhill shuttle bus for mountain bikers. Between 1 and 4 pm the shuttle takes riders from LeepOff Cycles on Route 86 to the Poor Man’s Downhill trailhead off Route 431.
Down in Keene the shuttle from Marcy Field into the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness will continue to run from 7 to 7 on weekends through October 19th.
In the Western High Peaks, work is nearly finished on the first bridge on the Calkins Creek Horse Trail – that’s the trail into the Sewards – that bridge is now passable, and volunteers from Lean2Rescue have begun work on the second bridge.
In the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands the Barnes Pond Road has opened for motor vehicle access. There are six campsites along the road – a new map has been issued and can be found on the DEC webpage.
And finally this week, the fall foliage season has begun in the Adirondacks. Spotters are reporting 10-20% of leaves have begun to change and that should rise after this weekend – the next few weeks should be a good opportunity to get out and catch the fall colors.
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