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Backcountry Information for the Eastern Adirondacks

Map of showing the Eastern Region of the Adirondacks

Updated: September 19, 2019

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

Weather forecasts and conditions can and do change quickly.

  • Check the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast (leaves DEC website) for updated notices and current conditions and forecasts. Be prepared for the forecasted conditions or to change your plans.
  • NY Mesonow (leaves DEC website) has two dozen stations in and just outside of Adirondacks that provide real time weather data and forecasts.

Travel: Check NY511 for road closures and conditions (leaves DEC website).

  • The Adirondack Marathon will be held on Sunday, September 22. This will result in temporary road closures (Leaves DEC website) on Route 9, Adirondack Road, East Shore Road, and other roads around Schroon Lake 

DEC Adventure Adirondacks: Visit the DEC Facebook page (leaves DEC website) to follow the DEC Adventure Adirondacks Group for more information on winter hiking safety, preparedness, trail conditions, and trip ideas. Login to join the group

Adirondack Backcountry Information: Be sure to check Adirondack Backcountry Information main web page for important general notices and information which applies across the Adirondacks.

Report back country emergencies, such as lost or injured hikers, and wildland fires to the DEC Ray Brook Dispatch 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, and a map of the unit.
  • Nothing to report.

Lake George Wild Forest

  • The Lake George Wild Forest web page provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • On Sunday, September 22, the DEC Schroon Lake Boat Launch will be inaccessible between 9:40 am and 1:00 pm due to the closure of the Glendale Road and the southern end of the Adirondack Road for the running of the Adirondack Marathon.
  • DEC will begin closing the gates overnight at the Mossy Point and Rogers Rock Boat Launches on Lake George on Friday Sept. 6 as part of a pilot program to increase protection from aquatic invasive species on the lake. The overnight closure will continue to the end of October. (9/5)
  • Gay Pond Road remains closed due to the large amount of blowdown on the road. (2019)
  • 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. (2019)

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

  • The Pharaoh Lake Wilderness web page provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • The Adirondack Marathon will be held on Sunday, September 22. This will result in temporary road closures (Leaves DEC website) on Route 9, Adirondack Road, East Shore Road, and other roads around Schroon Lake.
    • Access to the following trailheads will temporarily be unavailable, please plan accordingly:
      • Crane Pond Road and Crane Pond Trailhead
      • Gull Pond Trailhead
      • Spectacle Pond Trailhead
    • Alternate routes to access the southern trailheads of the wilderness may be required - check the road closure schedule.

Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest

  • The Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest web page provides information about the unit and its recreational opportunities, and a map of the unit.
  • Nothing to report.