Swim season au-naturel is almost over in Lake Placid.
Although the meteorological and the astronomical calendars disagree, it is easy to believe fall starts on August 1 in the Adirondack Mountains. Trees apt to change colors first get started, and the average daily temperature is lower each day. Today’s celebratory chill — a morning low of 42 degrees and a high of 59, and low humidity — rode in on a slight breeze still rustling the hardwoods. The temperature is supposed to tickle the 30s tonight with a forecasted low of 39 degrees. Fall is clearly around the edges here in Lake Placid, NY. I acknowledged this joyful fact this morning as I huddled under the extra blanket and enjoyed every chilly second.
Granted, there are plenty of warm, sunny Adirondack days left for cycling, trail running, hiking, paddling, and a vast array of other outdoor recreation, before we get to skiing. If you like swimming in the Adirondacks, however, you should get a move on, because that season is winding down. The poetic morning fog you see swirling on Adirondack waterways on cool, late summer mornings is really the lake getting colder and less swimmable. The cool night air meets the warm lake water and the cold wins. Now is the time for swimming in the Adirondack Mountains.
The good news is late summer/early fall in the Adirondack region is one of the best times for hiking and trail running; the bugs are not as annoying and the cooler temperatures are perfect for outdoor exertion. It is going to be a chilly week however, especially at elevation, so be prepared. The forecast calls for highs only in the 60s and lows in the upper 30s/low 40s in the Lake Placid area. (Yay!) Always check conditions if you plan to spend time in the backcountry.
I officially declare the season for best hiking and trail running in the Adirondack Mountains has begun. Hearty swimmers might be able to enjoy a dip, but expect a refreshing mountain experience! Winter is coming.