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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.
Last week’s first widespread freeze jumpstarted Fall even before Tuesday’s autumnal equinox. Days are now noticeably shorter so plan trips accordingly and carry a flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries – sunset on Saturday night will be about 6:45.
The cold weather helped kick the foliage season into high gear, and the leaves have begun a rapid change, especially in the Central Adirondacks and at higher elevations and elevated valleys where leaves are at or near peak. About 10-20% of leaves have begun to change in the Lake Champlain / Lake George / Schroon Lake Regions, and in the Southern Adirondacks. The best bet for this weekend is in the High Peaks, Indian Lake, Newcomb and Blue Mountain Lake areas. Elsewhere leave change remains about 20-40%.
The fire danger has been elevated to Moderate and one fire, covering about an acre and a half, burned this week on French Mountain – it was contained on Thursday afternoon. Use extreme care with fire this weekend, as warm and dry weather will increase the fire danger.
Water temperatures continued to fall this week. The Ausable River is in the mid-50s. Arbutus Lake in Newcomb is about 56 degrees; Lake Champlain is about 62; and Great Sacandaga Lake and Lake George are about 65 degrees.
Rivers and streams around the region are running just below normal, even for this time of year. The streamgage at North Creek is just under 3 feet and the Lake Champlain gage at Whitehall is just under 94 and a half feet.
Hunting seasons are underway, so hikers may want to wear bright colors as a precaution and keep pets leashed and on the trail.
In the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, volunteer stewards have cleared the considerable blowdown on the Lyon Mountain Trail.
In Wilmington, the Poor Man’s Downhill shuttle bus for mountain bikers has ended. It’s expected to run again next summer.
Indian Lake will be busy this weekend during the Annual Moose Festival. Excursions, crafts, and food, and the popular Moose calling contest will be featured.
And over at Schroon Lake, the Adirondack Distance Festival will be taking place. On Saturday the action will be focused in the Village of Schroon Lake. On Sunday, the Adirondack Marathon will begin at 9 am on Route 9 in the Village and head north to Alder Brook Road and then south along the east side of the lake to the Boat Launch and back to the Village by way of Route 9.
And finally this week, it’s going to be an outstanding weekend with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Waters are rather cold however, so be safe.
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