Adirondack Outdoor Conditions (4/9): Climbing route closures –


This weekly report on outdoor recreation conditions in the Adirondacks sent by NYS DEC.

DEC has closed some climbing routes in the Adirondacks to protect peregrine falcon nesting. Status of climbing routes:

  • Chapel pond area
    • Upper Washbowl Cliffs – CLOSED
    • Lower Washbowl Cliffs – CLOSED
    • Spider web – OPEN
  • Wilmington Notch neighborhood
    • Moss Cliffs – OPEN
    • Notch Mountain – CLOSED
  • Poke-O-Moonshine – Climbing routes between and including Opposition and Womb With View are OPEN, all other routes are CLOSED.
  • Crane Mountain – All climbing routes are OPEN except for the Amphitheater section of the Black Arch Wall which is CLOSED including Torcher, Eatin Tripe and Lichen It, Hang Time and Black Arch Arete
  • Shelving Rock – All roads on the main wall are CLOSED including # 11 Lunar Manscape routes to # 37 Princess Bride. All other routes on Shelving Rock are OPEN.
  • Potash Mountain – All routes are CLOSED.
  • Sleeping Beauty Mountain – All routes are CLOSED.

Once the pilgrims’ nesting sites have been determined, climbing routes that will not disrupt nesting will be reopened. We anticipate reopening by early May, although in some years it has taken longer to confirm nesting. Roads that remain closed will reopen after the youth have taken off. Thank you for your collaboration. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Wildlife at (518) 623-1240.

DEC Campgrounds

All DEC campgrounds remain closed at this time, including campsites, washrooms, playgrounds, pavilions, picnic areas, beaches, and other day-use areas and facilities. The public can enter the DEC campgrounds to access the forest reserve trails or to walk or cycle on the campsite roads. Motorized and motorized vehicles are prohibited from entering DEC campgrounds. Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members and practice social distancing.

Track start registers

Trailhead logs provide vital information, so please continue to log in and out. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, special care should be taken when using trailhead registers to minimize the spread of the virus through commonly affected surfaces, such as pencils and the registers themselves. same. Follow these guidelines when using trailhead logs to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Only one person per group must register. The rest of the group should stay away from the register.
  • If someone is at a register when you approach, stand at least six feet away and wait for them to leave before approaching you.
  • Bring your own pencil or pen.
  • Minimize contact surfaces.
  • Carry hand sanitizer and use it immediately before and after using the cash register.
  • Don’t cough or sneeze when you are at the cash register. If you must cough or sneeze, step away from the crate and sanitize your hands before returning.

Terms and conditions

  • SMART NY HIKING always being prepared for your trip, varying track conditions and unexpected weather conditions when you step out on the track.
  • Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has recommendations for responsible outdoor recreation (leaves DEC website) during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
  • Adirondack Mountains Preserve (aka Ausable Club) immediately reduced parking capacity on its lot near the intersection of Ausable Road and State Route 73 to a maximum of 28 vehicles in response to COVID-19. Parking is not permitted along Ausable Road, on Ausable Club grounds, or along adjoining stretches of State Route 73.
  • Adirondack Mountain Club The High Peaks Information Center will remain closed until May 14 in response to COVID-19. Parking at the Adirondak Loj trailhead remains open to the public for a fee. The toilets on the back porch of the High Peaks Information Center are also open.
  • Fire towers controlled by DEC are closed to the public to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 during the current public health crisis. The paths leading to the towers and the peaks remain open.
  • Seasonal access roads are closed for the spring mud season. The roads will reopen for public motor vehicle use once they thaw, dry out and harden and all necessary repairs and maintenance are complete.
  • Trails are a mixture of mud, ice and snow. Mud and ice are present at low to moderate elevations. Ice and deep snow are present in the higher elevations. Track crampons should be worn on all hikes and snowshoes should be worn on high altitude hikes.
  • Ice is thin if present at all. No ice should be considered safe at this time.
  • Water levels in streams and rivers are high, currents are rapid, and water temperatures are extremely cold.

# RecreateLocal

What’s in your garden? You might be surprised to find out how much wildlife flies past your window when you’re not looking. It’s not just the birds and squirrels, either. Many small mammals walk past our homes undetected – animals like foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, and even, on occasion, larger mammals like deer and bears. While you stay at home with a responsible social distancing, take advantage of this time to gaze out the window at the observable wildlife.

Under New York State guidance on hiatus, visiting a place designated for observable wildlife is not recommended at this time. That said, DEC’s Observable Wildlife page provides some great tips for bird and animal viewing that can apply to your own backyard as well. When you see something cool, keep your distance, take a photo and share it with us.

Keep it simple, to reduce the number of potential search and rescue incidents, take short hikes that easily match your physical and boating abilities. During the current public health crisis, DEC rangers and other first responders are needed to respond to incidents related to COVID-19.

Bring your knowledge: Add a comment below or send your observations, corrections, updates and suggestions to [email protected]

Emergency situations: If you get lost or hurt yourself; stay calm and stay put. If you have cell service, call 911 or the DEC Ranger Emergency Service, 518-891-0235.



Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from news releases and announcements from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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