BREAKING: DEC Extends Hiking Advisory After Flooding
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says the backcountry advisory remains in effect for the Adirondacks as they continue to assess storm-related damages that affect the safety of trails.
Many town, county, and state roads were impacted by the Oct. 31 storm. The backcountry trails throughout the Adirondacks have infrastructure damage, including washed-out bridges and downed trees, creating unsafe hiking conditions. The public is encouraged to contact local agencies and DEC before they visit to verify if roads are passable and trails are safe. Please report any backcountry damage to DEC's Region 5 office by emailing R5.Info@dec.ny.gov.
"Heavy rain and high winds have caused major flooding in the region, which has closed many major roadways throughout the Adirondacks. DEC anticipates that damage in the backcountry will be extensive and that these areas are unstable and dangerous to visitors. Water levels are currently high, some bridges are washed out, and all stream crossings will be impassable. Also, trails are flooded, and summits pose a danger of potential rock slides and falling debris. High winds have caused a large number of downed trees and debris at trailheads and on trails, as well as downed trees and power lines across roadways."
List of current conditions and closures:
Boreas Ponds Tract, Town of North Hudson
Crotched Pond, Indian Lake
Speculator Tree Farm and Perkins Clearing Conservation Easements
West Canada Lakes Wilderness
Ferris Lake Wild Forest, Towns of Stratford & Arietta
Silver Lake Wilderness, Town of Wells
Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Town of Inlet
Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Town of Mayfield
Black River Wild Forest
Fulton Chain Wild Forest, Town of Webb
Black Creek State Forest, Town of Norway
Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, Town of Hadley
Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Jessup River Wild Forest
For current trail conditions, visit DEC's Adirondack Backcountry Information webpage.