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Old 05-08-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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West canada lakes from military road condition

Anyone know if the road to the Pillsbury mtn trailhead is open and drive-able?
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Old 05-08-2019, 04:35 PM   #2
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With all the recent rain Id bet it wont be open for a few more weeks, but keep an eye on the Adirondack Almanack website. They post the current backwoods conditions every Thursday, which includes trail & road updates throughout the Adirondacks.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:52 PM   #3
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The DEC Webpage with trail conditions for the central Adirondacks is also usually updated when the road is opened. As of yet, there's no mention of the road being open, so it's a pretty safe assumption that it is still closed for mud season.

It's not uncommon that both the Perkins Clearing and Moose River Plains roads don't open until about a week or so before Memorial Day.
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Old 05-08-2019, 06:43 PM   #4
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Can't wait to get in there again. I hope my Ford Fusion can get to the Spruce Lake Trail head; I'd like to go in that way this season. Also want to do the Otter Brook-Brooktrout Lake loop.
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Old 05-08-2019, 10:09 PM   #5
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Yup, I know that's the case, but unfortunately that's all I have available to me now. I wish I had held onto the '88 4Runner I had years ago - that went anywhere I wanted to go (at any time) in the ADKs. I was able to drive to Sled Harbor last summer and walk from there to the Pillsbury trail head, so I am hoping that I might be able get to the Spruce Lake trail head this year. If anyone goes that way this season, I would appreciate a posting about the road conditions. Also to the Otter Brook trail head.
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:23 PM   #6
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Yeah, generally speaking, a low clearance car can get to the Spruce Lake trailhead when the road is open- if the driver goes slow and watches out for (and dodges) the occasional rock along the way. I certainly would be cautious, though.

Every once in a while, especially if there's a lot of active timber harvesting going on in the Perkins Clearing easement, those roads can get pretty torn up by logging trucks. It doesn't happen often but I've seen them in pretty rough shape a couple of times- deep, muddy ruts especially.
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Old 05-11-2019, 02:02 PM   #7
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Drove by yesterday and the gate at the northern end of Mason Lake on Jessup was still closed.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:12 PM   #8
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I appreciate the information and advice. Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:57 AM   #9
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Drove by yesterday and both Jessup River Rd and Mason Lake gates were still closed.
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Old 05-16-2019, 10:46 AM   #10
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Thanks, for checking and posting.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:09 AM   #11
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Maybe

They are going to try to get it open for Memorial Day weekend, but not positive.
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Old 05-17-2019, 01:15 PM   #12
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Got me imagining how quiet some of the (non NPT) interior trails in the WCLW are right now.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:18 AM   #13
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They are going to try to get it open for Memorial Day weekend, but not positive.
The MRP entry on the West Central Backcountry page says it is unlikely that the Limekiln-Cedar River Flow road will open Memorial Day, because it has been too wet for the towns to get in with equipment. Maybe these WCLW roads don't require as much work to get ready, but it sounds like things are staying [pretty wet, like pretty much the whole rest of the NE.
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Old 05-20-2019, 11:10 AM   #14
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one would hope they could get it open but it is very very wet least by me. cant imagine the highlands being dryer fingers crossed
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:36 PM   #15
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I called the region 5 office today and was told the access roads are closed and because of the recent rains, still very wet and muddy. If weather turns/stays dry, they'll be open in a few weeks after maintenance is done. Because I drive a low clearance vehicle, I plan is to go in late June/early July.
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Old 05-24-2019, 02:23 PM   #16
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I've been informed by a reliable source (my mother ) that the roads to Perkins Clearing were OPEN today. She just drove by. Enjoy!

Also, for those wondering about Moose River Plains I was told by a neighbor (though I have not personally confirmed) that the gate to the dam/headquarters is open, but the gate to the interior of the plains remains closed.

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