What to Know

Total Solar Eclipse in the Adirondacks

April 8, 2024

Come Experience Totality - Safely

We are excited for you to watch the total solar eclipse with us here in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state and encourage you to do so safely. Below, find helpful tips that will prepare you for your solar adventure - and a few dark minutes we hope you'll remember forever!

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Tips

A total solar eclipse is an amazing wonder of nature and we couldn't be more excited to have the eclipse cast its shadow over the Adirondacks this April! Between stunning snow capped mountains and glistening spring brooks it will be a spectacle to behold. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience it will be important to plan for April weather and increased traffic. Here are some planning and safety guidelines to navigate the ever changing weather while enjoying this remarkable event!

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Eye Protection

Wear solar eclipse glasses!

Solar eclipse glasses are special viewing glasses that allow you to look at the sun directly. Staring at the sun without proper eye protection can lead to the burning of your retina, and cause permanent vision loss. You’ll want to wear these for the entire event until the few minutes when the sun will be entirely blocked. *Note not all glasses are the same. Buy from an approved source!

Leave No Trace Ethics – Spring Conditions

Looking to hike to the best view of the eclipse?

We appreciate your desire to watch from a mountain summit, but we’d like you to stay safe and stick to low elevations.

Why? Spring weather.

In April, trail conditions in the Adirondacks are a mixed bag: higher elevations will still have snow and ice, while lower trails can be cold and muddy.

These conditions are dangerous for you and, in case of an emergency, can put others in danger, too. Hiking at this time of year also damages the trail systems and surrounding environment. This damage can be irreversible.

We encourage you to avoid the trails at this time, and to follow the 7 Leave No Trace Principles.

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Tupper Lake, New York

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Lake Placid, New York

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Frequently Asked Questions

Whether it's your first solar eclipse or your 10th, there's a lot to know about where and how, but we're here to help.

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