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Eastern High Peaks, Giant Mt. wilderness areas open again

Dix Mt. Wilderness still closed

— 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.

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