It is shaping up to be a delightful Memorial Day weekend of outdoor fun in Lake Placid. Things are heating up; air temperatures hit the mid-70s in the Adirondacks this week and the water in Mirror Lake is warm enough for hardy, wetsuit-clad swimmers. The hardwood trees have finally opened for the season, although the still delicate light green of their leaves is a reminder this is just the beginning.
Beginning of the warm season or not, the roads and trails are already bustling with cyclists and runners. Lake Placid is a hot spot for recreational athletes working on fitness and competitive athletes training for Ironman Lake Placid, the Olympics, and a multitude of cycling and running races. The number of multi-sport training camps and competitive events scheduled for the area seems larger each year and reinforces the region’s reputation as great place to pursue high-energy athletic fun.
For outdoor enthusiasts of a less competitive nature, the hiking trails in and around the Lake Placid region are recovering from the unusually damp spring. Hikers should be prepared for muddy, wet trails however, and remember to walk through - not around - mud and water to prevent eroding and widening the trail. Hikers might also encounter blown-down trees and limbs leftover from the spring storms. Water levels remain high, streams are running swiftly and the water is cold. These factors increase the risk of hypothermia and drowning should you fall into the water, so use caution when crossing streams without foot bridges. Trails and campsites adjacent to water may also be flooded, so be prepared with “Plan B” in case you find your preferred campsite under water.
Speaking of camping in the Adirondacks, don’t forget your bear-resistant canisters. Bear-resistant canisters are now required for overnight visitors to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Area and are recommended throughout the Adirondacks, between April 1 and November 30. All food, toiletries, and garbage go in the bear-resistant canisters. Visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Adirondack Trail Information web page for more information including current weather forecasts, regulations, safety tips, and trail conditions.
If you like being outdoors, but don’t need to sleep on the ground to have a good time, Lake Placid hotels still have great deals on Memorial Day weekend lodging packages.
In a tent or in a hotel, on the trails, a bike, the water, or hanging from a rock; the Adirondacks have all the ingredients for outdoor recreation enthusiasts of all types to create their own perfect day.