Northeast Mountains devastated by Hurricane Irene

Northeast Mountains devastated by Hurricane Irene

Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

August 29th, 2011, 11:43 pm #1

While Hurricane Irene was not quite the coastal event that many had predicted, it has dealt a major blow to the Northeast Mountains. As of right now, the Eastern High Peaks of the Adirondacks and the entire White Mountain National Forest are both closed to all hiker traffic. The amount of rain received across the Catskills, Green Mountains, White Mountains and Adirondacks was massive and the flash flooding was intense. It will be some time before all the effects of the storm are assessed, but if you have any plans for HIGHPOINTING in the Northeast anytime soon, you may want to reconsider.

Among other things, the well-known foot bridge at Marcy Dam is gone, the road to Adirondack Loj has been washed away in spots and about 25 people are currently stranded at the Loj. Not exaggerating when I say that mountain communities throughout the Northeast have been devastated by the storm.

A couple of links that might be of interest:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... ks-trails/

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/

Stay safe.
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

August 30th, 2011, 12:17 pm #2

Although I can't verify its authenticity, the below quote supposedly came from a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation official following an aerial recon of the High Peaks area yesterday ...

"Flew the high peaks this afternoon.

Lots of slides in the High Peaks Region - Wright, Colden-north, Trap Dike, Basin, Haystack, Wolfjaws, Dixes, Giant ... I lost track after a while. The bridge over Marcy Dam is gone and the dam is leaking significantly. There are numerous washouts on the Marcy Dam Truck Trail. Marcy Brook between Marcy Dam and Avalanche Camps jumped its banks, carved a new channel and wiped out much of the trail. The VH trail above Marcy Dam is eroded 1-3 ft deep in many places. The handrails on the suspension bridge on the Calamity Pond trail are gone and the trail is not passable.

The biggest news was that Duck Hole Dam breached and the pond dewatered.

The Adirondak Loj road is closed at the bridge crossing just south of the South Meadows Rd. Interbrook Rd (access to the Garden) is not passable past the Johns Brook Bridge.

DEC has closed all trails in the eastern management zone if the High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mtn Wilderness and Giant Mtn Wilderness. The press release should be going out tomorrow if it has not already."

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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

August 30th, 2011, 12:24 pm #3

While Hurricane Irene was not quite the coastal event that many had predicted, it has dealt a major blow to the Northeast Mountains. As of right now, the Eastern High Peaks of the Adirondacks and the entire White Mountain National Forest are both closed to all hiker traffic. The amount of rain received across the Catskills, Green Mountains, White Mountains and Adirondacks was massive and the flash flooding was intense. It will be some time before all the effects of the storm are assessed, but if you have any plans for HIGHPOINTING in the Northeast anytime soon, you may want to reconsider.

Among other things, the well-known foot bridge at Marcy Dam is gone, the road to Adirondack Loj has been washed away in spots and about 25 people are currently stranded at the Loj. Not exaggerating when I say that mountain communities throughout the Northeast have been devastated by the storm.

A couple of links that might be of interest:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... ks-trails/

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/

Stay safe.
Perhaps the situation in NH isn't as bad as NY as the White Mountain National Forest will be re-opening today although many individual locations remain non-accessible.

Release here:

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_m ... onditions/
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

August 30th, 2011, 1:05 pm #4

Although I can't verify its authenticity, the below quote supposedly came from a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation official following an aerial recon of the High Peaks area yesterday ...

"Flew the high peaks this afternoon.

Lots of slides in the High Peaks Region - Wright, Colden-north, Trap Dike, Basin, Haystack, Wolfjaws, Dixes, Giant ... I lost track after a while. The bridge over Marcy Dam is gone and the dam is leaking significantly. There are numerous washouts on the Marcy Dam Truck Trail. Marcy Brook between Marcy Dam and Avalanche Camps jumped its banks, carved a new channel and wiped out much of the trail. The VH trail above Marcy Dam is eroded 1-3 ft deep in many places. The handrails on the suspension bridge on the Calamity Pond trail are gone and the trail is not passable.

The biggest news was that Duck Hole Dam breached and the pond dewatered.

The Adirondak Loj road is closed at the bridge crossing just south of the South Meadows Rd. Interbrook Rd (access to the Garden) is not passable past the Johns Brook Bridge.

DEC has closed all trails in the eastern management zone if the High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mtn Wilderness and Giant Mtn Wilderness. The press release should be going out tomorrow if it has not already."
Adirondack Daily Enterprise account of devastation:

http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.co ... l?nav=5008
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

August 30th, 2011, 11:09 pm #5

Although I can't verify its authenticity, the below quote supposedly came from a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation official following an aerial recon of the High Peaks area yesterday ...

"Flew the high peaks this afternoon.

Lots of slides in the High Peaks Region - Wright, Colden-north, Trap Dike, Basin, Haystack, Wolfjaws, Dixes, Giant ... I lost track after a while. The bridge over Marcy Dam is gone and the dam is leaking significantly. There are numerous washouts on the Marcy Dam Truck Trail. Marcy Brook between Marcy Dam and Avalanche Camps jumped its banks, carved a new channel and wiped out much of the trail. The VH trail above Marcy Dam is eroded 1-3 ft deep in many places. The handrails on the suspension bridge on the Calamity Pond trail are gone and the trail is not passable.

The biggest news was that Duck Hole Dam breached and the pond dewatered.

The Adirondak Loj road is closed at the bridge crossing just south of the South Meadows Rd. Interbrook Rd (access to the Garden) is not passable past the Johns Brook Bridge.

DEC has closed all trails in the eastern management zone if the High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mtn Wilderness and Giant Mtn Wilderness. The press release should be going out tomorrow if it has not already."
The most popular trail to the summit of Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak has reportedly been washed away by the storm.

See below article:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... 8/30/1914/
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 9:07 pm

September 1st, 2011, 4:32 am #6

While Hurricane Irene was not quite the coastal event that many had predicted, it has dealt a major blow to the Northeast Mountains. As of right now, the Eastern High Peaks of the Adirondacks and the entire White Mountain National Forest are both closed to all hiker traffic. The amount of rain received across the Catskills, Green Mountains, White Mountains and Adirondacks was massive and the flash flooding was intense. It will be some time before all the effects of the storm are assessed, but if you have any plans for HIGHPOINTING in the Northeast anytime soon, you may want to reconsider.

Among other things, the well-known foot bridge at Marcy Dam is gone, the road to Adirondack Loj has been washed away in spots and about 25 people are currently stranded at the Loj. Not exaggerating when I say that mountain communities throughout the Northeast have been devastated by the storm.

A couple of links that might be of interest:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... ks-trails/

http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/white_mountain/

Stay safe.
Thanks for the fascinating updates, Mark S. It's easy for me to say from 3 time zones away, and it's heartless to those who are devastated by this, but it's nonetheless fascinating to think of new creek channels being formed, slides retaking trail tread, and dams being breached in the backcountry. Not to mention the adventure of being "stranded" (seems they could walk out if necessary?) at the Loj being the adventure of a lifetime.

It kind of makes me want to leave the comfort of the laptop on couch and get out into the area, just to have the chance to make way through some wilderness that has momentarily been untamed.

Hoping you and yours are safe and not devastated in any way...
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September 1st, 2011, 11:47 am #7

Thanks, Mark. We made out fine. I live about halfway in between the Catskills and Adirondacks and my County really wasn't affected much.

I totally agree it's fascinating to watch nature in action. People have been talking about Hurricane Floyd in these parts since 1999 and the effect it had on the backcountry. By comparison, Floyd was a much samller event in terms of its effects on the heart of the High Peaks.

Here are some aerial views of some of the new slides:

http://adkbcski.com/2011/08/31/a-birds- ... ter-irene/
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September 2nd, 2011, 5:02 pm #8

Although I can't verify its authenticity, the below quote supposedly came from a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation official following an aerial recon of the High Peaks area yesterday ...

"Flew the high peaks this afternoon.

Lots of slides in the High Peaks Region - Wright, Colden-north, Trap Dike, Basin, Haystack, Wolfjaws, Dixes, Giant ... I lost track after a while. The bridge over Marcy Dam is gone and the dam is leaking significantly. There are numerous washouts on the Marcy Dam Truck Trail. Marcy Brook between Marcy Dam and Avalanche Camps jumped its banks, carved a new channel and wiped out much of the trail. The VH trail above Marcy Dam is eroded 1-3 ft deep in many places. The handrails on the suspension bridge on the Calamity Pond trail are gone and the trail is not passable.

The biggest news was that Duck Hole Dam breached and the pond dewatered.

The Adirondak Loj road is closed at the bridge crossing just south of the South Meadows Rd. Interbrook Rd (access to the Garden) is not passable past the Johns Brook Bridge.

DEC has closed all trails in the eastern management zone if the High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mtn Wilderness and Giant Mtn Wilderness. The press release should be going out tomorrow if it has not already."
During Labor Day weekend, the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation will have personnel physically blocking anyone attempting to access trails in the Eastern High Peaks, Giant Mountain Wilderness and Dix Mountain Wilderness. This includes all access points to Mount Marcy.

See below:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... railheads/
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September 8th, 2011, 3:25 pm #9

Although I can't verify its authenticity, the below quote supposedly came from a NY State Department of Environmental Conservation official following an aerial recon of the High Peaks area yesterday ...

"Flew the high peaks this afternoon.

Lots of slides in the High Peaks Region - Wright, Colden-north, Trap Dike, Basin, Haystack, Wolfjaws, Dixes, Giant ... I lost track after a while. The bridge over Marcy Dam is gone and the dam is leaking significantly. There are numerous washouts on the Marcy Dam Truck Trail. Marcy Brook between Marcy Dam and Avalanche Camps jumped its banks, carved a new channel and wiped out much of the trail. The VH trail above Marcy Dam is eroded 1-3 ft deep in many places. The handrails on the suspension bridge on the Calamity Pond trail are gone and the trail is not passable.

The biggest news was that Duck Hole Dam breached and the pond dewatered.

The Adirondak Loj road is closed at the bridge crossing just south of the South Meadows Rd. Interbrook Rd (access to the Garden) is not passable past the Johns Brook Bridge.

DEC has closed all trails in the eastern management zone if the High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mtn Wilderness and Giant Mtn Wilderness. The press release should be going out tomorrow if it has not already."
Effective today, the DEC has lifted the closure of the Eastern High Peaks (including Mount Marcy) and Giant Mountain Wilderness:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html

"AREA OPENINGS (9/8): The EASTERN ZONE of the HIGH PEAKS WILDERNESS and GIANT MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS are once again OPEN.

Due to the amount of damage to certain trails, and the continued closure of a section of Route 73 and other roads, DIX MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS and a number of trails in the reopened areas will REMAIN CLOSED.

However, the majority of trails are now open for public recreation.
Open trails in the Giant Mountain Wilderness include all trails starting from the trailheads on Route 9 and Route 9N. Giant Mountain may also be accessed via the Hopkin Mountain Trail from the Ranney Trailhead.
Open trails in the High Peaks Wilderness include all trails from the Adirondack Loj Trailhead, the Cascade Mountain Trailhead, the Garden Trailhead, the Rooster Comb Trailhead, the Upper Works Trailhead, and the East River Trailhead.
All trails out of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (Ausable Club) remain closed due to the closure of a section of Route 73 and the damage to the trailhead parking lots.
The Elk Lake Trailhead remains closed.

TRAIL ADVISORIES (9/8): Trails that are not closed still may have bridges washed out and water levels in most rivers and brooks are at spring high water levels. Crossings may be impassable at this time. These trails may also have blowdown, eroded sections or flooded areas. Pay close attention as 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.

The High Peaks Trail Information has a complete list of closed trails and the conditions for open trails. It will be updated as trails are reopened."
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Joined: January 20th, 2004, 5:18 am

September 11th, 2011, 1:17 am #10

The most popular trail to the summit of Mount Marcy, New York's highest peak has reportedly been washed away by the storm.

See below article:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... 8/30/1914/
It appears that early reports of the demise of the Van Hoevenberg trail were premature:

http://adirondackexplorer.org/out-takes ... condition/
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