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Backcountry Information for the Eastern Adirondacks

Map of showing the Eastern Region of the Adirondacks

Updated: July 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.

HEAT ADVISORY:

  • The National Weather Service has issued a HEAT ADVISORY for the Adirondacks from noon Friday today through 8 p.m. Saturday.
    • Temperatures in the lower 90s and dew points in the lower to mid 70s will result in Heat Index around 100.
    • Highest heat index values will occur between noon and 5 p.m. each day.
  • 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.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

  • Wear light, loose clothing; sunscreen; and a hat.
  • Slow your pace.
  • Drink water and rest more often.
  • Seek shade and avoid long periods in direct sunlight.
  • If you are feel ill or extremely uncomfortable:
    • Rest in the shade
    • Drink lots of liquids
    • Cool off, and then
    • Head back to the trailhead.
  • Please leave dogs at home! Dogs are much more susceptible to overheating.

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

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.
  • Gay Pond Road remains closed due to the large amount of blowdown on the road. (7/3)
  • The following roads are open for public motor vehicle use: (2019)
    • Dacy Clearing Road
    • Jabe Pond Road
    • Palmer Pond Road
    • Lily Pond Road - road is still soft, recommended 4-wheel drive vehicles only at this time.
  • The following rock climbing routes remain closed to protect peregrine falcon nest sites: (4/26)
    • Shelving Rock Mountain:
      • All routes on Carhartt Wall are closed.
      • All routes on the Main Wall are open.
    • Sleeping Beauty Mountain: All rock climbing routes are closed.
    • Potash Mountain: Potash Cliff
      • Haley's Nose (18) and Goes Both Ways (19) as described on page 86 of Adirondack Rock Volume 2, A Rock Climbers Guide, Second Edition, are closed.
      • In addition, the 4th class scramble to access the Pitch 1 ledge of most routes, is closed.
      • All open routes must be led ground-up.
  • Trails on Cat & Thomas Mountains are marked with Lake George Land Conservancy markers. Obtain a map from Conservancy before hiking this trail system. (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)
  • 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)

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 bridge over Alder Brook on the Goose Pond Trail, which had been heavily damage by ice this spring, has been repaired and is ready for use. (2019)

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.