This Weekend in the Adirondacks: Cool Waters, Open Climbing Routes

“Morning paddle on Middle Saranac Lake.” Archiver Photo of the Day by Mike Pratt Greenfield Center, NY

There will be a chance for a shower this weekend, but otherwise it looks like another beautiful weekend in the Adirondacks.

DEC has lifted the mud advisory, but expect to encounter mud all the same. You can avoid widening trails and trampling sensitive vegetation by wearing proper footwear and walking in muddy areas, not around them.

Temperatures at the top this weekend are expected to be mostly in the 40s on Saturday and below 50s on Sunday. If you’re heading for the peaks, be prepared to encounter a rain shower – which can lead to hypothermia when the temperatures are this cool.

The region has received considerable rainfall over the past two days, causing rivers and streams to rise well above normal levels for this time of year. Some stream crossings can be difficult, but these levels will drop as the weekend progresses.

The Hudson River at North Creek is higher and is expected to peak around 4.5 feet on Saturday at around 2200 CFS. The Raquette River is expected to peak at around 5.5 feet on Saturday at Piercefield. The gauge just north of Whitehall on Lake Champlain will be around 97.5 feet this weekend.

The water temperature has cooled somewhat this week. Upper Saranac Lake is now in the mid 60’s as is Mirror Lake. Lake Champlain is closer to 60 degrees and Lake George is mostly in the lower 60s.

Most climbing routes are open, although a few remain closed at Moss Cliffs and Notch Mountain, Poke-O-Moonshine, and the main wall at Shelving Rock. All roads are closed at Campground Wall at Rogers Rock and Potash Mountain.

And finally this week, the road to Saint Germain and Meadow Ponds in the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest has been repaired and is open.

Virginia F. Goins