Created from 6 pictures from Giant Ledge

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The week of August 21st will begin with a partly sunny Sunday with highs in the high 70's. High humidity will give way to thunderstorms in the evening. Some storms could bring heavy rain and high winds. Monday should be mostly sunny and less humid with highs in the low 70's. The sunny skies will continue on into Tuesday with highs reaching to the mid 70's. There will be plenty of sunshine on Wednesday as the highs reach the low 80's. Thursday will be much the same with a few more clouds in the sky. There may be a passing shower in some areas on Friday with partly sunny skies and highs just reaching 80. Saturday will also feature partly sunny skies with highs in the high 70's and the chance of a thunderstorm toward evening. Hiking in the rain may be fun for some but hiking in thunderstorms is DANGEROUS for everybody. There have already been serious injuries this summer from lightning strikes when storms blew up suddenly! Sunblock and insect repellant would be good additions to your pack. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you cool. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Monday: July 25th: Shaupeneak Ridge: White, Red, Green Trails
Tuesday: July 26th: Shaupeneak Ridge: Blue, Yellow, Orange Aqua Trails
Thursday: July 28th: Frick and Hodge Ponds
Wednesday: August 3rd:Finger Lakes Trail: John Smith Rd to Fred Stewart Rd
Friday: August 5th:Kaaterskill Falls: New Trails from Laurel House Rd
Saturday: August 6th:Round Top (LM new trail)
Sunday: August 7th:Round Top (LM new trail)
Monday: August 8th:Finger Lakes Trail: Maple Ln to Templar Rd
Monday: August 8th:Sugar Hill Fire Tower
Friday: August 12th:Hodge Pond Loop
Monday: August 15th:Trout Pond Loop
Friday: August 19th:Walnut Mountain
Saturday: August 20th:Trout Pond Maintenance
Monday: August 22nd:Walnut Mountain
Tuesday: August 23rd:Round Top (LM new trail)
Wednesday: August 24th:Walnut Mountain


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