The Eastern High Peaks and Giant Mountain wilderness areas have reopened, although there is still much damage in the backcountry from Tropical Storm Irene, which hit the area Aug. 28. The Dix Mountain Wilderness is still closed.
The Adirondack Mountain Club, based in Lake George, also reopened its northern operations at the Adirondak Loj outside Lake Placid and the Johns Brook Lodge near Keene Valley on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Adirondack Loj Road is now open as well.
Here are the conditions in the Adirondack High Peaks Region as of Sept. 8, provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
See more details about Adirondack Trail Information at the DEC website.
EASTERN HIGH PEAKS WILDERNESS
The Eastern High Peaks Wilderness is open to public recreation however the following of trails remain closed:
All trails out of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (Ausable Club)
The Deer Brook Trail from Route 73 to Rooster Comb
The Southside Trail from the Garden Trailhead to John's Brook Outpost
The Orebed Trail from John's Brook Valley to the Range Trail (between Saddleback and Gothics)
The Wolfjaw Trail from John's Brook Valley to the Range Trail (between Lower and Upper Wolfjaws)
The Cold Brook Trail between Lake Colden and Indian Pass.
The Elk Lake Trail between the Elk Lake Trailhead and Panther Gorge.
Trails that are not closed are not necessarily in good condition, trails may have heavy erosion and cobble, bridges washed out, blowdown and flooding.
Hikers must pay close attention as many trails may not look like they had before the storm. Many trails have been rerouted to avoid heavily damaged sections and eroded drainages can be mistaken for trails. The ability to navigate with a map and compass is important.
Both newly developed and previous low water crossings may not be passable due to high water conditions.
The Adirondack Loj Road and the South Meadow road are open to motor vehicle traffic.
GIANT MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS
The Giant Mountain Wilderness is open to public recreation however all trails from trailheads on Route 73 between the Hamlet of Keene Valley and the Route 9 intersection are closed.
State Route 73 is closed between the Hamlet of Keene Valley and the Route 9 intersection.
All trails starting from the trailheads on Route 9 and Route 9N are open.
Giant Mountain may also be accessed via the Hopkins Mountain Trail from the Ranney Trail.
Many of these trails have not been assessed at this time. Hikers may encounter blowdown, eroded trails and flooding.
DIX MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS
Dix Mountain Wilderness remains closed. DEC continues to evaluate the condition of trails and, with assistance from our partners, work to have trails reopened in the near future.