Outdoor Conditions (9/30): Timber harvesting complete at Flatrock Mountain conservation easement, entire property reopened for public recreation –

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The following are only the most recent notices regarding public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondacks Backcountry Information web pages for a full list of advisories, including seasonal road conditions, climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other relevant information

NEW THIS WEEK

Bog River Complex: The Student Conservation Association (SCA) recently made several improvements to primitive campsites on Lake Tupper, part of the Horseshoe Lake Wilderness. Improvements to 11 campsites included new shoreline campsite numbers, replacing toilets, rebuilding fire pits and coloring two lean-tos.

Independence River Wild Forest: The water will be shut off in the Otter Creek staging area the week following Columbus Day weekend.

Black River wild forest: Timber harvesting is complete on the Flatrock Mountain conservation easement. The entire property has been reopened for public recreation.
Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Tract – Barnes Pond Public Use Area: The barrier has been opened for hunting season. The use of high clearance vehicles is recommended.


General Notices

Know Before You Go Chart

Visit the main Adirondacks Backcountry Information page for more travel planning resources.

Things to know before you go (29/09):

  • Temperatures: With daytime highs in the 50s to 60s and evening lows in the 30s, there is no doubt that fall temperatures have set in in the Adirondacks. Although the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Pack extra layers, rain gear and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions. Temperatures at the top will be colder and conditions at high altitudes can resemble winter with ice and some snow.
  • Water crossings: Never attempt to cross high, fast-moving water, especially after rain or storms.
  • Sunrise: Sunrise = 6:53 a.m.; Sunset = 6:35 p.m. Make a schedule and stick to it. Pack a headlamp even if you plan to finish your activity before sunset.
  • Travel: As we head into peak leaf season, expect the trails to be especially busy. Plan to arrive at your destination early and have several back-up plans in place in case parking at your desired location is full. Check @NYSDECAlerts on Twitter for real-time parking status updates. Consider taking a shuttle (more information below).

Information posts for hikers: Stop at a hiker information station for information on parking, alternate hiking locations, local land use rules and regulations, safety and preparation, and Leave No Trace™ . Please visit us at the following locations this weekend:

  • Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
    • High Peaks Rest Area, northbound on Hwy 87, from 7 a.m.
  • Other stations this weekend:
    • Frontier Town Gateway, North Hudson, from 7 a.m.
    • Marcy Field or The Garden, variable hours

Shuttles for High Peaks hikers: The following shuttles provide safe and free transportation to popular trailheads in the Adirondack High Peaks region.

  • Route 73 hiker shuttle: Operates 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays through Columbus Day, from Marcy Field in the town of Keene to the Rooster Comb, Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and Roaring Brook Falls trailheads . The shuttle is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks are mandatory. Only certified service animals are permitted. Check the map (PDF) and schedule (PDF).
  • October Foliage Shuttle: Runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on October 1 and 2 and again during Indigenous Peoples/Columbus Day weekend on October 8, 9 and 10. Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, Rooster Comb trailheads, and Marcy Field parking area. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs are not allowed and masks are mandatory.
  • Garden shuttle: The Keene Town Shuttle from Marcy Field to the Garden Trailhead operates Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Check the weather: Check the forecast for your destination, pack your bags and plan accordingly. Check the Northern Adirondacks National Weather Service and Southern Adirondack Mountain Point Forecast for some summit forecasts. Check day and night temperatures and remember that temperatures will drop as you go up in altitude.

Fire hazard: As of 9/29, fire danger is low in the Adirondacks. Please exercise caution, follow local guidelines and avoid open fires if possible. Check the fire rating card.

Water condition: Water levels throughout the Adirondacks region are wide ranging from below average to extremely high for this time of year, depending on the body of water. Check current USGS water data for New York (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ny/nwis/rt) for the flow of the selected streams. Personal flotation devices (PFDs or life jackets) are strongly recommended.

No overnight camping at the starting points: Please note that overnight camping is not permitted at trailheads or other roadside locations where a camping disc is not present. This includes people sleeping in cars, vans and motorhomes. Campers should look for roadside campsites designated with a camp disc here or campgrounds.

Ticks: Wear light-colored clothing with a tight weave to easily spot ticks. Wear closed shoes, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Tuck the pant legs into the socks or boots and the shirt into the pants. Frequently check clothing and any exposed skin for ticks when outdoors. Consider using insect repellent. Stay on clear, well traveled trails and walk in the center of the trails. Avoid dense woods and brushy areas. Additional Tick Prevention Tips.

Bear canisters required: NYSDEC requires the use of bear-resistant canisters by overnight users in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness between April 1 and November 30. NYSDEC encourages campers to use bear-resistant canisters throughout the Adirondack backcountry. Bear boxes should be used to store all food, food scraps, toiletries and other scented items. Canisters should be stored at least 100 feet from tents, lean-tos and cooking sites and kept closed when not accessible. Learn more about bear cans and avoid human-bear conflicts.

Adirondack Mountain Preserve: Parking reservations will be required from May 1 through October 31 for day and night access to the parking lot, trailheads and trails located on the 7,000-acre private AMR property in the town of Keene in the High Peaks region. For a list of frequently asked questions and to register, visit AMR website.


Safety and education

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Fall is here! Whether you go hiking, biking, paddle boarding or fishing, NY Smart Hike can help you prepare with a list of 10 essentials, tips on what to wear, and tips for planning your trip with safety and sustainability in mind.

Fall season, winter time

Fall can be a wonderful visit to the Adirondacks. The crisp air and fall leaves provide the perfect backdrop for any outdoor activity. While it’s often more enjoyable to hike, the colder and more unpredictable weather means it’s even more important to plan ahead and be prepared before heading out into the backcountry.

be ready for temperatures even lower than expected. Hypothermia can occur regardless of the weather. A hot day in the valley can be cool and windy at the top of your hike. These drastic changes in weather and environment can quickly cause body temperature to drop.

Wrapping layers, and don’t be afraid to stop and adjust your clothes for your temperature and level of exertion. If you start to feel hot, take off a layer before you start to sweat. In cold weather, sweat evaporating from your skin can quickly lower your body temperature. This leads to a greater risk of hypothermia.

Watch the weather. Check the weather forecast before leaving and keep an eye on the sky throughout the day. If the weather turns bad, turn around or seek shelter. The weather in the mountains can change quickly, especially with the changing seasons. Stay alert and don’t be afraid to turn around. You can always come back another day.


Leave no trace

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Follow the Seven principles of leaving no trace to maintain minimal impact on the environment and natural resources of the Adirondacks. Use proper trail etiquette to ensure an enjoyable experience for you and others and walk lightly!

Follow Leave No Trace’s 5 tips for a autumn adventure

Fall colors are starting to show in the Adirondacks and upstate New York and going on an adventure is one of the best ways to enjoy the reds, oranges and yellows of the season. When hiking, biking, camping, or immersing yourself in the fall colors, keep in mind Leave No Trace’s 5 tips for fall adventures:

  1. Make room for wildlife
  2. Keep an eye out for trees and trails
  3. leave the leaves
  4. Enjoy the colors, avoid the crowds
  5. Preparation
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