Adirondack Areas to Avoid Hiking During Mud Season
High elevation trails in the Dix, Giant, and High Peaks Wilderness Areas of the northern Adirondacks are particularly vulnerable during the muddy spring season.
High Peaks Wilderness Area - all trails above 3,000 feet; wet muddy snow conditions often still prevail here until late May or early June
- Indian Pass
- Lake Arnold Cross-Over
- Marcy Dam - Avalanche - Lake Colden, which is extremely wet
- Phelps Trail above John Brook Lodge
- Range Trail
- All "trail-less" peaks
Dix Mtn. Wilderness Area - all trails above Elk Lake and Round Pond.
Giant Mtn. Wilderness Area - all trails above Giant's Washbowl, "the Cobbles," and Owls Head.
Check the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) website contains additional information on Trail conditions in the Adirondacks or you may contact the DEC Forest Rangers at 518- 897-1300.
In case of emergencies, the New York State DEC Forest Rangers' number for District 5, which includes five Adirondack counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, and Warren emergency number is (518) 897-1200. Lewis and St. Lawrence counties are located in District 6 and the emergency number is (315) 785-2239.