Spring is in the air
The days are getting warmer and the sun is shining a little more each day: it's spring in Saranac Lake! Sure, winter, summer, and fall shine here, but spring brings sweet new life into the community and wild lands with wildflowers galore, maple syrup, and migrating birds showcase the region. Best of all, there's still plenty of fun to be had.
Sweet, sweet spring goodness
When the nights are cool and the days are a little warmer, it can only mean one thing: maple syrup season has arrived. This may be the best time of the year! From liquid gold to flowers, there is a lot to make us smile in spring. As the forests come back to life, many wildflowers spring up on the forest floor. While these beauties are fun to look at, it's important to only look (or take photos). We want to ensure the flowers are there for the next person to admire!
The woods aren't the only place flowers bloom: around town, thousands of daffodils welcome the new season! In fact, Saranac Lake was once home to Daffest, a celebration of all things spring in the mountains.
Another reason we enjoy spring is the return of migrating or hibernating wildlife. Once the ice melts off lakes and ponds, Common Loons make their way back to Saranac Lake, along with other species of birds. Creatures who have been sleeping the winter away begin to wake up as well. And, just like that, the woods and waters are alive again!
"Weather" we like it or not, spring can present some challenging forecasts. (Don't worry, we'll never run out of puns.) Snow can last longer in the high mountains, and with melt, some dangerous conditions can form with ice and mud. This is fine because we just have a good excuse then to stick to fun low-elevation activities! Road cycling is excellent in spring. So is birding. And yes, there are still options for hikes that are appropriate for spring adventures.
Love your ADK
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.