Trail Information for the Southeastern Adirondacks
Updated: April 23, 2015
WARNING: Wilderness 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!
Report back country emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and wildland fires to the DEC Forest Rangers at 518-891-0235.
Be Prepared in Autumn
- Your own physical capabilities, knowledge of backcountry recreation and skill level
- The distance you plan to travel and the terrain and conditions you will encounter
- Check (before entering the backcountry)
- With the Local Forest Ranger for current information
- Current weather conditions and short-term forecast
- Waterproof hiking boots and gaiters
- Layers of wool, fleece or other non-cotton clothing
- Hat and gloves or mittens
- Skis or Snowshoes (wherever snow depth is 8 inches or more)
- Sunglasses (if sunny)
- Map and compass - know how to use them and use them!
- Flashlight or headlamp & extra batteries
- Traction devices to prevent slips and falls on snow and ice
- Pocket knife or other multi-tool device
- Plenty of food and water
- Extra clothes and socks
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Bivy sack or space blankets in case you need to spend the night in woods
- Fire starter supplies - waterproof matches, butane lighter, candles, starter material, etc.
- Always inform someone of your itinerary and when you expect to return
Organized Events on State Lands: DEC regulation (190.8(cc)) prohibits any person from sponsoring, conducting or participating in any organized event of more than twenty people unless authorized by DEC under a temporary revocable permit (TRP). DEC seeks to ensure that large groups recreate on forest preserve lands 1) at locations, 2) during certain periods and 3) following practices that minimize their impacts on trails, vegetation, wildlife and other users.
Camping Permits: Camping for more than three nights or in a group of ten or more in Wild Forest lands requires a permit from a Forest Ranger. The following information must be provided to the forest ranger to obtain a camping permit: Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code, Vehicle License Plate Number, Telephone Number, Date of Birth, Number in Group, Camping Dates, and Location of Campsite.
Backcountry Campsites: Camping at designated campsites in the backcountry is done on a first come, first served basis. There is no reservation system for these primitive campsites. Campsites in popular areas fill up quickly on weekends so plan accordingly.
Road & Traffic Information: Use the link in the right column to visit NYS Department of Transportation 511 New York for information on transportation services, traffic, and road conditions throughout New York State.
Trails Supporter Patch: The Trails Supporter Patch is now available for $5 at all outlets where sporting licenses are sold, on-line and via telephone at 1-866-933-2257. Patch proceeds will help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State.
Fire Danger: Low. Check today's Fire Danger Rating. (4/23)
Weather: Always be aware of and prepared for weather conditions. See the information under the "Be Prepared" heading above to ensure you are prepared. Being properly prepared for weather and other conditions will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in the outdoors. Weather forecasts can and do change, use the National Weather Service "NWS Weather Forecast" link near the bottom of the right column to check the current weather forecast before entering the backcountry. (4/23)
Electronic Technology: Do not depend on electronic technology in the backcountry. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best and often non-existent. GPS signal can be poor under heavy tree cover. Batteries expire quickly in cold temperatures. Prepare before the trip and carry a map and compass for navigation or at least as backup. (4/23)
Spring Conditions: Daytime high temperatures will be in the 40s & 50s. Nighttime lows are forecast to be a little freezing. Dress and pack properly to avoid being cold & wet. Carry extra layers of non-cotton clothing. Put on and remove layers as needed to keep comfortable. Wear an outer layer that is water & wind resistant. (4/23)
Trail Conditions: Trails are wet and muddy. They may be hard and icy in the morning at higher elevations. (4/23)
Water Levels and Temperatures: Water levels are high, currents are swift and water temperatures are cold. Water levels are running a normal high spring flows, currents are swift and water temps are cold. A person in the water will quickly lose the ability to keep their head above water without a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). PFDs must be worn by all paddlers and boaters in boats less than 21 feet in length until May 1st. Use the link near the bottom of the right column to check levels and flows of selected waters at the USGS Current Streamflow for New York Waters. (4/23)
Avoid Hypothermia: Stay dry and warm. Drink plenty of water, eat food and rest often. (4/23)
Summits: Temperatures will be colder and winds will be stronger. (4/23)
Ice on Water: Ice on waterbodies is thin, opening or out completely. No ice should be considered safe at this time. (4/23)
Eastern Lake George Wild Forest
- The gate has been closed on the Dolph Pond Road in the Dolph Pond State Forest. (4/16)
- The Town of Fort Ann has closed Shelving Rock Road to motor vehicles until the end of mud season. A barrier has been placed on Shelving Rock Road at the intersection with the Hogtown Road. Motor vehicles found beyond the barrier could be ticketed. (4/16)
- Climbing routes in the Shelving Rock area are closed to climbers to allow peregrine falcons to establish nest sites. (4/16)
- Access to the 2,472-acre Saddles State Forest in northern Washington County, adjacent to the Adirondack Park, is currently limited due to the poor and unsafe condition of the access road and the lack of a parking area. While the public can walk the road there is no place nearby to park. DEC is working on plans to improve the road and to build a parking area. (2015)
- The Black Mountain Trailhead gate off Pike Brook Road remains closed, but only adds 15 minutes to hike up Black Mountain or other destinations. (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)
More about Trail Information for the Southeastern Adirondacks:
- Shelving Rock Area of the Lake George Wild Forest - New camping sites, parking lots and management actions in the Shelving Rock Area of the Lake George Wild Forest