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This is the latest trail conditions that we've experienced, had reported to us or have found via Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Discussion Boards as well as other web pages and media outlets.  We've also included links to other sites for trail conditions to help plan your next hiking adventure.  None are guaranteed, but should give you a general idea of what you can expect.


Current Trail Conditions - Monday, October 3, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene did major flooding damage in the Adirondacks, especially in the high peaks and eastern regions.  The strong storm has left many trails damaged.  The Catskills area has also had major flooding damage from the storm.  Be sure to check the NY DEC website for more info.  Many trails may still be muddy or even under water in the Central New York Area from all the rain.  Here are some reports we've found:

You'll find more information on Adirondack Trail Conditions from the NY DEC and from the ADK.  Here are their links:

Catskills:  Expect many trails with limbs and the downed trees from Tropical Storm Irene as well as washed out sections.

You can find more hiking trail information for the Catskills as well as New Jersey, the Hudson Valley and other areas from the NY-NJ Trail Conference.  Here are their links:

North Country Trail:  From the FLT split in Cuyler to Canastota you'll likely find muddy stretches of trail as well as downed trees and limbs from the spring storms.  From Canastota to Rome the trail is generally clear.  From Pixley Falls to Forestport you'll find clear sections as well as muddy sections.

Finger Lakes Trail: You'll find some muddy sections as well as many tree limbs and the occasional downed tree on the trail.  The FLT in the Catskills may be impassable from the recent tropical storm as well as battered sections in Chenango County.  A new lean to was built in Beales Pond State Forest on Getter Hill.  West of I-81 is generally clear with the occasional limbs and downed tree.  You can find more trail information from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and Finger Lakes Trail Yahoo Group.

Finger Lakes National Forest: Some trails are muddy with limbs and the occasional downed tree on some trails.

Morgan Hill & Cuyler Hill State Forests: You'll find limbs as well as the occasional downed tree and muddy conditions along the Finger Lakes Trail / North Country Trail.

New Michigan State Forest: A confirmed report of a tornado on 4/28 leveled a path of this dense forest and has damaged a section of the Finger Lakes Trail.  The DEC has closed a section of the FLT until further notice.

Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area: There is a dangerous hole just on the other side of the Lower Pond Dam Bridge along the FLT.  The DEC has put up a "Trail Closed" sign, however you can easily cross over the hole. Just don't fall in!


Tropical Storm Irene and Lee has done major damage to many hiking trails in the area.  The humidity returns and will be with us thru Sunday.  Cooler, fall like weather arrives on Labor Day.  Be sure to check for ticks!

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