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Backcountry Information for the Eastern Adirondacks

Map of showing the Eastern Region of the Adirondacks

Updated: July 20, 2017

General Notices

WARNING: Backcountry conditions can change suddenly. All users should plan accordingly, including bringing flashlight, first aid equipment, extra food and clothing. Weather conditions may alter your plans; you should always be prepared to spend an unplanned night in the woods before entering the back country. Back country hiking trails can be rugged and rough-they are not maintained as park walkways-wear proper footwear!

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Be sure to check Adirondack Backcountry Information for important general notices and information which apply across the Adirondacks.

Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. Being properly prepared for the weather and conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Check the current National Weather Service Weather Forecast (leaves DEC's website).

Practice Leave No Trace: Please abide by the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace (leaves DEC's website) when recreating in the Eastern Adirondacks.

Summits: Temperatures will be colder, winds will be stronger, and snow may present on high elevation summits. Check the National Weather Service Mountain Point Forecasts (leaves DEC's website) for selected summits.

Report back country emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and wildland fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235.

Specific Notices

Hammond Pond Wild Forest

  • The Hammond Pond Wild Forest web page provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities.
  • The bridge over Crowfoot Brook on the Crowfoot Trail has been replaced. (2016)
  • The Lindsey Brook Trail is closed due to flooding by beaver activity. (2007)

Lake George Wild Forest

  • All rock climbing routes on Rogers Rock are OPEN. (7/14)
  • All rock climbing routes on the Carhartt Wall on Shelving Rock Mountain remain closed to allow peregrine falcons raise their young. All other rock climbing routes on Shelving Rock Mountain are open. (7/14)
  • All rock climbing routes on Sleeping Beauty Mountain remain closed to allow peregrine falcons to raise their young. (7/14)
  • Town of Fort Ann Highway Department crews have completed upgrading eight parking lots and constructing a new parking lot along the Shelving Rock Road. (6/29)
  • Lily Pond Road is open for public motor vehicle access, additional work will be done on the road in the future. (6/29)
  • The Town of Fort Ann local law prohibits parking along Shelving Rock Road. (2017)
  • Camping is prohibited on Montcalm Point at the point of the Tongue Mountain Range on Lake George. (2016)
  • Large camping groups (more than 8 people) must contact local Forest Ranger prior to leaving the trailhead and entering the Tongue Mountain Range trail system. Also campfires must be kept small and within a 3 foot fire ring. (2016)
  • Trails on Cat & Thomas Mountains are marked with Lake George Land Conservancy markers. Obtain a map from Conservancy before hiking this trail system. (2016)
  • On the Tongue Mountain Range, signs at trail intersection of the Summit (red) Trail and Lake (blue) Trail coming from the Clay Meadow Trailhead are often stolen. Hikers are advised to carry maps. (2016)
  • Heavy blowdown is present above 1,200 feet on Erebus Mountain Trail, Fishbrook Pond to Lake George Trail and other lesser used trails in the area. (2015)
  • Users of the Shelving Rock Day Use Area must park in designated parking areas, not on the side of Shelving Rock Road. Vehicles parked along the road block traffic including emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked along the road will be ticketed. (2015)
  • Deer Leap Trail on Tongue Mountain is washed out and heavily cobbled with boulders from the trail head to the spur to Deer Leap, but is passable on foot. (2014)
  • Equestrians should be aware that there is significant blowdown on horse trails. While hikers may be able to get through the trails, it may be impossible or at least much harder for horses to get through. (2010)
  • The Hudson River Special Management Area contains campsites, trails and day use areas., including ADA accessible facilities.
  • The Shelving Rock Area contains campsites, trails, and day use areas.

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

  • The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness web page provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities.
  • The bridge over the Pharaoh Lake Outlet (and dam) will be replaced beginning Monday, July 17 by Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program Crews. (7/6)
    • The work is expected to be completed on Wednesday, July 26
    • The bridge will be closed and unavailable for use during this time
    • The shortest access to the western Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail and the western shore of the lake will be from the Sucker Lake Trailhead
    • The shortest access to the eastern Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail and the eastern shore of the lake will be from the Pharaoh Lake Road Trailhead
    • Please do not disturb the work crews or the work site
  • DEC staff are constructing a parking area near along Pharaoh Lake Road near the intersection with Beaver Pond Road. (6/29)
  • Members of the Student Conservation Association Adirondack Program have cleared blowdown and installed turnpikes (trail hardening) on the Sucker Brook Horse Trail and removed blowdown from other trails in the wilderness. (2016)
  • The newly constructed Berrymill Pond Lean-to is available for use. DEC Operations, Lands & Forests and Forest Ranger staff completed the construction of the new lean-to. (2016)

Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest

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