Trail conditions update for the Adirondack High Peaks Region: Due to recent rains and continued rain throughout the weekend, trails are extremely wet with a mixture of flowing water, standing deep water, mud, and thick ice near summits. Hikers should avoid trails with river crossings that do not have high water bridge access. Research your route ahead of time to ensure you do not put yourself in a position of crossing fast moving, high waters. Prepare yourself for the elements by wearing waterproof boots, gators or water resistant hiking pants, wool socks (pack extra in case your feet become too wet), micro spikes for higher elevations, and rain gear with warm, non-cotton layers underneath. Hikers can plan on hiking through wet conditions for the entirety of their trip so preparedness to keep yourself warm and dry is very important. Protect our trails during this wet period by walking down the middle of the trail, through the mud- not around it. Hike on durable surfaces as much as possible like rocks, bridging, and wood boarding to lessen trail impacts. Trails are slippery due to fallen leaves, thick mud, and ice. Protect yourself from injury by traveling slower and wearing micro spikes when necessary. Be aware of your time on the trail and pack a headlamp for safety as well as a first aid kit with emergency essentials, and plenty of food and water. Think twice about your hiking plans if you don’t feel prepared to hike in these variable conditions.