Limekiln Lake Campground is run by the DEC. You can fish from any of the lakefront sites as well as from the public boat launch. There's splake and brown trout for the advanced fisherman, and sunfish, bullhead, and perch for the smaller anglers.

The campground has 3 miles of paved roadway that is great for road biking in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter the town of Inlet grooms a 3 mile loop for cross-country skiing. These are double and single-track trails that connect to Fern Park. Be aware that there may be a few wet sections that have to be walked.

Location

From downtown Inlet, travel 0.75 mile northeast on Route 28 and turn right on Limekiln Lake Road. Drive 2 miles to the campsite entrance on the right.

Distance

An easy 3-mile loop.

It can take up to 3 hours to walk the campground loop.

Winter Overview

The town of Inlet highway department plows a four-car parking area at the beginning of the campsite road. Cross–country ski trails are groomed for both skate and traditional skiing. Always check ice thickness before walking on local lakes. The lake sees a small amount of snowmobile travel during the winter. Ice fisherman enjoy good action with splake and perch.

Lapland Lake XC Ski Center

50K private trail system including 38K of XC ski trails. The XC ski trails are machine groomed for both classic and skate ski technique and range in difficulty from easy to expert. Warming lodge, food service, equipment rental and sale, lessons, and overnight lodging available. Facility use fee applies.

King Flow East Cross Country Ski Trail

From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the King Flow East Trail – this is not marked. You will now ski along a heavily used trail that follows the eastern shore of Kings Flow, but not close enough to enjoy views. Please respect the rights of property owners and stay on the trail — there is no public access to the waterbody at this time.

The trail has a slight climb and many rolling hills as you cross seral drainages. After 1.1 miles you will come to the Puffer Pond Trail on the left, where you will need to head right. The trail here is used much less and may require you to make first tracks. Crossing more small brooks, makes a couple spots tough on skis, but still enjoyable in your seclusion. Ignore any side trails on your right as they lead to other destinations mush further away. The trail eventually ends on the side of Puffer Mountain.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~260 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

5.6 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: Not recommended
  • Experienced Skiers: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Beginner Skiers: 3.5 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Routes 28 and 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just under 0.5 miles to Big Brook Road. Follow here for 7.8 miles to King's Flow Parking Area. This is the trailhead for Chimney Mountain, Johns Pond, and Puffer Pond. This is pay-to-use parking, very informal; pay the small fee at the small kiosk.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and lack of consistent use

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Fly and Carey Pond Cross-country Ski Trail

This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing has great potential here as well. 

From the parking area, cross county Route 93 to get on the trail. The trail is a bit obscured and lightly used but in good condition. Passing through an open hardwood forest you will quickly come to a short side trail that will lead you down to Fly Pond.

Back on the main trail, you will continue to ski on a mellow trail and pass by Carey Pond on your right and Bottle Mountain to your left. There is a slight hill in this area that you pass up and over. A short distance past the Carey Pond Trail lays an old road, which has been converted into a snowmobile trail. Ski along this old road for a very short distance to the right and this will bring you to the north side of the pond. Return via the same route.

Location

From the intersection of Uncas Road and Route 28 in Inlet follow Route 28 toward Old Forge. Continue for around 5-miles to County Route 93 on the right. Drive down this road for 0.25 miles to the Bald Mountain Trailhead on the left, park here, the Fly Pond Trail is on the right.

Elevation Gain/Loss

-140 Feet

Distance

1.2 miles

It usually takes a couple of hours to complete this hike.

Additional Important Information

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Round Pond via the Kunjamuk Trail

This ski starts along a woods road which is heavily traveled by locals and accesses hunting camps located on International Paper property, but is open to the public for recreation. The road as a slight continual climb to it before the trail breaks off on the left to a foot trail. From here you will notice much less use and you may need to break trail. The pond will come in on the left with ample opportunities for vistas out over the ice. Chimney, Humphrey, Pine, and Bullhead Mountains can be seen from the shore.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~180 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

5.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours
  • Experienced Skiers: 3 to 4 hours
  • Beginner Skiers: 3.5 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Routes 28 and 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just under 0.5 miles to Big Brook Road. Follow here for just over 6-miles to the trailhead on the right at bridge. All that marked the trailhead is a blue disk on a tree.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and not terrain

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Stewart and Indian Lakes Cross Country Ski

At the trailhead you need to walk along the road another couple hundred feet to access the trail on the right. The trail immediately crosses a wide bridge and slowly ascends above a small unnamed pond. The trail slowly climbs and never too steeply to the shoulder of Camelhump, which is off through the trees to your left. Soon comes Stewart Lake. The trail remains fairly flat past Stewart Lake before it starts to climb again to access Indian Lake at the end of the trail.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~520 feet

Distance Round Trip:

4.8 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours

Experienced Skiers: 2 to 3 hours

Beginner Skiers: 4 to 5 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 South toward Pine Lake. Just under 2-miles past Pine Lake, take a left onto Green lake Road. Then drive Green Lake Road to the trailhead, which will be on the left. The short dirt road to the trailhead may or may not be plowed adequately for many cars, park in a safe location.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: Mainly due to distance

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Big Brook Cross Country Ski Trail

From the parking area; cross the road to access the trail. The trail is very wide and flat as it sweeps around the eastern side of a small bump in the landscape. Ignore an intersection that leads right to Kickerville/Walker Road and make a hard left up a slight hill. A subtle descent will bring you near Route 30 as you pass beneath tall red pines. Eventually you will pop out onto Route 30; cross here to an old woods road. Follow the old woods road on a flat for a short distance to the trail that comes in on the left.

This trail climbs ever so slightly and comes to another intersection, head left, right goes toward Owls Head Mountain. The trail remains quite wide and starts a long easy descent to the campsite road. Follow along the campsite roads, which are usually not plowed (if they are its easy to ski the sides). The roads will bring you through the Lake Eaton State Campground and then back up to your car.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~50 feet of elevation gain along the loop to the highest point

Distance Round Trip:

4.25 miles, loop

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours

Experienced Skiers: 2 to 3 hours

Beginner Skiers: 3 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue for 2.5 miles to the Lake Eaton State Campground on the left, park here, the trail starts across the road.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and occasional icy snowmobile tracks

Additional Important Information:

This is also a snowmobile trail, be aware they may be present.

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Wilson Pond XC Ski Trail

From the trailhead you will be on a very easy to moderate trail with several small rolling hills. The forest is fairly open and easy to see through; the trail well packed and possibly a bit icy in spots. Soon you will find yourself passing by Grass Pond to your left, slightly through the trees, a cross-road is found here, ignore this and stay straight. In a bit you will be at a short steep descent to a crossing of Loon Brook. Loon brook is not too big, but the crossing can be a bit tough during high water or warmer weather. This may be a good spot to turn around if you are a new skier, even though only about a mile in.

Past the crossing the trail follows the shore for a bit before climbing somewhat steeply to higher ground, this can be a tough descent for new skiers as well. The trail will continue to climb steadily through the Blue Ridge Wilderness. Some rolling hills will be intermixed but mostly you will be gaining slight elevation. Eventually the trail makes a very head left and starts a moderate ski to the shore of Wilson Pond and the lean-to sitting at this location. The lean-to makes for a great location to relax, think about your day, look upon the slopes of Blue Ridge across the pond, and enjoy a hot beverage.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~300 feet of elevation gain to the pond

Distance Round Trip:

5.8 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: Not recommended

Experienced Skiers: 3 to 4 hours

Beginner Skiers: Not recommended

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue for 2.5 miles to the state trailhead on the left.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Three: Certain sections can be very difficult and not recommended for anyone who is not a bit experienced in trail skiing.

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Lower Sargent Pond Trail | XC Skiing

This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But as a ski the loop is not a perfect destination. However as two separate ski trips, the ponds are nice on their own. If you want to do a traverse a second car would need to be parked at the Grass Pond Trailhead, one car would require the skier to walk 1.5 miles of North Point Road, not a fun walk in winter.

From the trailhead you will remain on a very flat course and quickly come to Grass Pond which can be seen just slightly off the trail. The shore cannot easily be reached during most seasons, but in the winter it's much easier to access. Skiing past the pond you remain on a mostly flat grade before slight descending to a major intersection. Straight will bring you around the loop to Upper Sargent Pond, left brings you to Lower Sargent Pond. Then a left will bring you over to the lean-to location where you can have a nice place to relax with a hot cup of soup or piping beverage.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~50 feet of elevation loss to the lake

Distance Round Trip:

5.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours

Experienced Skiers: 2 to 3 hours

Beginner Skiers: 3 to 3.5 hours

Trailhead Location:

You can find these two trailheads off the Forked Lake Road in Long Lake. Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North Point Road will be on the right, in 3.0 miles – drive down North Point Road. There will be a fork in the road a few miles in; right leads to Forked Lake Campsite, left to the trailheads. Continue 4.6 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: Due to distance and conditions. If the trail is used it can be quite easy, however if the trail is not used and needs to be broken out, it will be a much harder round-trip.

Additional Important Information:

This is also a snowmobile trail, while not frequently used there can be snowmobile traffic on it.

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Upper Sargent Pond Trail | Cross Country Ski

This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But as a ski the loop is not a perfect destination. However, as two separate ski trips, the ponds are nice on their own. If you want to do a traverse a second car would need to be parked at the Grass Pond Trailhead, one car would require the skier to walk 1.5 miles of North Point Road, not a fun walk in winter.

From the trailhead you will drop slightly and climb a bit to a small before being on a mostly flat trail. A slight climb part way in will bring you to a small downhill to the intersection for Upper Sargent Pond. The spur trail is not easily seen, but it leads left for 0.2 miles to the shore.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~400 feet of elevation loss to the lake

Distance Round Trip:

2.8 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours

Experienced Skiers: 1 to 2 hours

Beginner Skiers: 2 to 2.5 hours

Trailhead Location:

You can find these two trailheads off the Forked Lake Road in Long Lake. Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North Point Road will be on the right, in 3.0 miles – drive down North Point Road. There will be a fork in the road a few miles in; right leads to Forked Lake Campsite, left to the trailheads. Continue 3.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One to Two: If the trail is used it is quite easy, however if the trail is not used and needs to be broken out, it could be tougher.

Additional Important Information:

This is also a snowmobile trail, while not frequently used there can be snowmobile traffic on it.

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Rock River Trail | Cross Country Ski

From the trailhead you will start skiing on a soft trail that gets much less use than other trails in the Indian Lake area, but later in the season with a good base the ski can be a nice one. You initially work your way over a few rolling hills before you descend to a low land area with Rock Pond through the woods on your left. The pond can be seen slightly through the forest, but no trail actually approaches its shore. The trail will swing from high ground to low ground but eventually stay high above the lake to avoid any wet trail crossings, which typically don't exist this time of year. The trail slowly swings northerly around Stark Hills before it starts to slowly descend and eventually end at the Shore of Rock River. There is a sharp descent to the shore of Rock River; this is also along a narrow trail with many trees lining it, for most it might be wise to take off the skis and walk down the hill, the river is just a bit further down the trail.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~350 feet of elevation loss to the river

Distance Round Trip:

6.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours

Experienced Skiers: 2 to 3 hours

Beginner Skiers: 3 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake for 4.6 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Three: Due to distance and infrequent use in winter

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Rock Lake Cross Country Ski Trail

You will notice this gets very little winter use from skiers and snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman out on the horizon. From the parking area you will start skiing on an easy but slightly narrow trail. On occasion the current of Johnny Mack Brook will be rapid enough to cause the ice not to freeze, so you will have an opportunity to hear the babble. You quickly will come to a crossing with a snowmobile trail, just shy of the pond. Continue straight across the snowmobile trail and locate a narrow path, possibly obstructed by heavy snow on the trees, this leads out to the pond. If you take a right onto the snowmobile trail and cross a wood bridge you will also have other opportunities to approach the pond. The snowmobile trail is used quite heavily and goes on for a very long time and eventually comes out into Indian Lake.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~80 feet of elevation loss to the pond

Distance Round Trip:

1.6 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours

Experienced Skiers: 1 to 2 hours

Beginner Skiers: 1.5 to 2 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 for 6.0 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: This is a short easy ski with little elevation change

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Puffer Pond Cross Country Ski Trail

Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of a potential loop, except the eastern portion of the loop that goes over the shoulder of Bullhead Mountain would only be skiable by someone who is very good on a set of sticks. From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and ski along the trail that follows the eastern shore of the pond. Soon the trail will leave the field and enter the woods with a slight climb to a higher trail, but still following the shore. A couple very distinct fisherman paths head off to the right, avoid these and stay on the marked trail. The marked trail will soon split and you will want to head left at this point as the other trail leads out toward Humphrey Mountain.

The trail remains mellow as you ski along Puffer Pond Brook and them come to Puffer Pond. There is a lean-to on the north side of the pond that makes for an excellent place to take a break and enjoy a nice hot cocoa.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~400 Feet of elevation gain to the pond

Distance Round Trip:

6.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours

Experienced Skiers: 3 to 4 hours

Beginner Skiers: 3.5 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Routes 28 and 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just under 0.5 miles to Big Brook Road. Follow here for 7.8 miles to King's Flow Parking Area. This is the trailhead for Chimney Mountain, Johns Pond and Puffer Pond. This is pay-to-use parking, very informal; pay the small fee at the small kiosk.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and not terrain

Additional Important Information:

Puffer Pond Lean-to is an excellent place to relax, have a winter picnic, and brew up some nice hot cocoa for the entire family.

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Sagamore Lake Loop | Cross Country Ski

In a counterclockwise direction: From the parking area take a right back along Sagamore Road, you will have to walk this first 0.2 miles to the trail. The trail will be on the left; this is where you can put on your skis. From here the trail is very flat and quickly passes through an open field, the trail continues on the right of the field. The trail remains fairly flat and passes by some nice spots to look out over the lake. The trail meanders through the forest and soon comes to a bridge over East Inlet. On the opposite side the trail continues to be flat but soon comes to a mellow climb to the height-of-land. A nice mellow downhill is on the opposite side that will bring you down a bit closer to the lake. Eventually you will be somewhat lakeside with some nice views from a small overlook; remove your skis to approach the overlook. From here the trail will quickly kick you out onto a road. You will have to remove your skis here to protect them. Take a right and the then a left onto Sagamore Road. Cross the bridge and the parking area will be on the right.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

30-50 Feet of elevation difference

Distance Round Trip:

3.9 miles Loop

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours

Experienced Skiers: 1.5 to 2 hours

Beginner Skiers: 2 to 3 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake follow Sagamore Road. Continue to the camp on the left, parking will be on the right.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and not terrain

Additional Important Information:

This is a loop, if you find that the conditions are not favorable, you can always shorten the outing. The bridge at East Inlet is an excellent turning around point if you so desire.

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Lower and Upper Browns Tract Ponds to Shallow Lake

This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which is a hidden gem. This is an excellent half-day hike that shouldn't get overlooked.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 28 and County Route 2 in Raquette Lake follow County Route 2 into the Village of Raquette Lake. Continue through the village and take a left onto Browns Tract Road. Follow here for just under 3 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Trail Description

From the trailhead you will be on an old woods road and soon pass by Upper Browns Tract Pond on your left. This area has a small beach and is a popular destination for paddlers, fisherman and picnickers. Not much further is a small descent to cross an outlet of Upper Pond. Remaining on the woods road you will pass through an attractive open forest. Be on the lookout for a fairly well-used herd path on the right, this will bring you to the shore of Lower Browns Tract Pond and a very interesting rock peninsula.

Continue along the woods road until the side trail to Shallow Lake comes in on the left. Heading straight will bring you to West Mountain, and Browns Tract State Campsite. Once on the trail you will quickly notice that it is much more rugged than the road, but still quite moderate. The footing is a bit rough in spots but soon becomes much better. You will pass through a wetland area on a section of boardwalks and come to a two-log bridge over a span of Beaver Brook. This crossing can a bit tough if you do not have good balance, but the bridge is sturdy. On the opposite side the mellow trail will soon bring you to the Shore of Shallow Lake. Shallow Lake might be as such but it has a rather long shoreline.

Distances

2.1 miles to Shallow Pond

Family with Young Kids

  • 2 hours to Shallow Pond

Experienced Hiker

  • 1.5 hours to Shallow Pond

Out of Shape Hiker

  • 1.5 to 2 hours to Shallow Pond

Winter Overview

This trail gets very little use in the winter making travel slightly harder. The trail is designed perfectly for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing but it might take a bit more of an effort to break trail.

Cascade Lake Loop and Falls

The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back up the road. The trail never climbs or descends too much, but when it does it's at a gentle pace. At roughly 1.1 mile there's a split in the trail — this is the Cascade Pond Loop. Either direction works fine, but people tend to hike it in a counter-clockwise direction.

The southern portion of the loop never approaches the lake very closely, but it is close enough to see through the trees. The outlet on the far end houses a wonderful waterfall, which is worth the trip in itself. Past the waterfall it is very wet, but this has been flagged for a reroute and hopefully a couple of small bridges.

Once past the wet area, the trail climbs to higher ground. The trail does approach the water's edge on a few occasions on the northern trail, which leads through the site of an old Girl Scout Camp. The trail eventually comes back to the intersection at 1.1 miles from the trailhead.

Cascade offers four or five well-hidden locations to fish trophy bass along the footpath surrounding the shore. With a bit of determination you can find the perfect spot for bobber and worm casting. It also offers bird watching of species that include Wood Warblers, Hermit Thrush, Wood Pewee, Winter Wren, Barred Owl, Broad-Winged Hawk, and Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers.

Note: Mountain biking is not allowed here.

Location: From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, follow Big Moose Road. Continue for 1.3 miles to the Cascade Lake Trailhead on the right.

Distance: A 3.4 mile round-trip loop.

It can take up to five hours to complete this hike.

Winter Overview: The winter parking here is snowplowed for 12 cars and offers a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Even though it is not professionally groomed there seems to be enough use that the trail is tracked in on most days.

Hitchins Pond | Upper Dam

Overview

This is a popular destination in the summer, but in the winter it gets much less use due to closed access roads. In the winter, you will need to start a bit further away at the snowmobile trailhead. The road is very flat and used as a snowmobile trail so it will be hard packed and easy to kick and glide upon. Along the 2.3 miles on Horseshoe Lake Road there are nice views over Horseshoe Lake and some wetland areas.

Cross the railroad tracks and come to the next gated road on the left — note there are no trail signs pointing toward Hitchins Pond. The access road is mostly flat and passes Hitchins Marsh on your left. The marsh is a massive expanse of land that would make anyone feel small. The road has gentle hills and quickly delivers you to Lows Upper Dam at Hitchins Pond, which is a very scenic and historic location. Hitchens Pond is a few hundred feet to your left, slightly downhill past some building remnants. The Lows Ridge Trail is on the right but not skiable, if you carried in snowshoes with you, it is an excellent stroll to some amazing views.

At the dam, you can take an optional 1.5 mile round trip hike up Low's Ridge where there are spectacular views of the Bog River Valley and High Peaks. You can also hike a short distance downriver to Hitchen's Pond, where there is a nice open picnic area as well as access to the Pond. There are 5 designated camping sites on Hitchins Pond.

Elevation change

400 feet

Round trip distance

9 miles

This route can take more than 8 hours for experienced skiers to complete. It is not recommended for beginners or familes with kids.

Trailhead

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Long Lake, follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake.  Turn left on Route 421, continue for a little over 5.25 miles to the end of the plowed road and park there.

Additional info

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing pasttime that can take you to areas not seen by most in the summer. That said, it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen waterbodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything, including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

Directions

From Long Lake, drive 12 miles north on Route 30, to County Route 421 ( 1/5 miles past the Hamilton / Franklin County Line ). Take a left on CR 421 heading west, and follow the road for 7.5 miles, to a fork in the road, with a yellow gate across the left road. Park at this point. The road to Hitchins Pond/Upper Dam is the one on the left, past the gate.

The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail begins behind the Soil & Water Building (behind the tennis courts) where a sign marks the trail. The walk is a 1/2 mile loop.

Directions

From Speculator, drive 3.0 miles west on Route 8. Make a left onto South Shore Road, and then a right onto County View Drive. The Hamilton County Soil and Water building is on the left. Find the trail behind the building on the left.

8.0 mile hike one way, easy Adirondack hike. This trail follows an old lumber company road, which continues all the way to Speculator, but is fairly well used and maintained past Round Pond, and as far as Wakely Brook.

Directions

Take Big Brook Road south for exactly 6.1 miles. Cross a bridge over Big Brook on right off Big Brook Road. Drive another .2 mile, and pull off and park on the side of the road.

This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack wilderness area ending at a lean to, the perfect place to rest on the shore of Johns Pond.

 

Directions

From Indian Lake, take Rte 30 south for 0.6 miles.Turn left at Big Brook Rd and drive 3.3 miles to Starbuck Road.Turn left at Starbuck Rd and continue on Lake View Dr. When you come to a T, turn R and drive 0.2 miles to the end. Continue a bit more on a narrow dirt road to the trailhead parking lot.

An 8.8 mile hike, easy to moderate. Most of this walk is on a level dirt road which leads to a large grassy clearing on the lakeshore where the Nehasane Lodge Great Camp once stood. A moderate climb leads up to a ledge overlooking beautiful Lake Lila.

Colonel Peck's Grave

Off South Shore Road in Lake Pleasant, a trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Loring Peck, Hamilton County's only Revolutionary War officer. The easy 0.6 mile trail (one way) leads to the cemetery, where there are several old headstones, including Colonel Peck's. The cemetery is surround by a simple stone wall.

Locally this sight is also referred to a "Peck's Clearing." The state lands surrounding the grave site were once Peck's Farm. The Peck family originally purchased the land in 1811 and farmed it for decades. Loring Peck's son William opened the first general store the Lake Pleasant area.

The trailhead is marked by a Historic marker for "Peck's Farm" and a Wooden Sign for "Col. Peck's Grave."

Directions

Located 2.3 miles southeast of the Village of Speculator. From Speculator, drive south for 0.8 miles on route 30 and make a right onto Downey Road, Follow Downey past Camp of the Woods, turn right onto South Shore Road. Follow South Shore Road till you come to the trailhead (unmarked) on the left side of the road 1.9 miles from Route 30 & Downey road intersection.

4 mile Adirondack hike, moderately easy terrain. This hike culminates at an isolated grove of enormous white pines that are 200 to 250 years old and have trunk diameters that exceed six feet.

Easy 3 mile hike. This is a mostly level walk on an old woods road, marked as a snowmobile trail, to a clearing where you leave the marked trail and follow an unmarked path to the lake.

This historic hike into Cedar Lakes, is known as the "French Louie Trail, honoring the famous "French Louie", guide and trapper. He spent much time in the Cedar Lakes area during his short lifetime. The trail is a pleasant hike, starting as a road and ending in a well traveled foot path, which parallels the Miami RIver.

 

Directions

Location: 9 miles northwest of Speculator. Take Rt. 30 N 8.2 miles from Speculator. Left onto dirt road past Mason Lake. Follow dirt road 3.2 miles to junction at Perkins Clearing, marked by a DEC sign. Turn right and end at Sled Harbor, 5.1 miles from Rte 30, where you should park. Walk 1.2 miles N on the trail to Pillsbury Mtn, where you'll find a locked gate at the trailhead for Pillsbury. This is the start of the trail into Cedar Lakes.

Adirondack Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country ski trails in the Adirondacks

Move swiftly and silently through snow-covered forests in the Adirondacks and discover the solitude and quiet beauty of a winter landscape that's like no other. Our cross-country ski trails traverse mountain ridges, follow lake shores, snake through valleys and merge with the tracks of deer, fox and the occasional moose.