Known as the Great Eight Lakes, this trail is easy to intermediate and is only 3 miles to Queer Lake, then 2.3 miles to Chain Ponds. Even longer loops to the other loops are possible.

  • Mays Pond, 4.5 miles
  • Chub Lake, 5.1 miles
  • Constable Pond, 5.4 miles
  • Pigeon Lake, 8.7 miles
  • Otter Pond, 12.4 miles

Most people do the 3-mile hike from the trailhead to Queer Lake for an easily accessible yet remote lean-to camping experience. A nice lean-to is ready for use on the point just 500 yards up the trail and to the left when you come to the lake.

Each lake has different fishing qualities, with Queer Lake known for its native lake trout. While birding around these lakes you can look and listen for Olive-Sided and Yellow- Bellied Flycatchers, Nashville Warblers, Northern Parula and Palm Warblers, and Lincoln's, Swamp, and White-Throated Sparrows.(

Location

In Eagle Bay, turn onto Big Moose Road from Route 28. The parking area is on the right, 5.3 miles from Route 28.

Distance

It's 3 miles one way to Queer Lake. This is a Wilderness Area, so no mountain bikes are allowed.

It can take more than 5 hours to hike to Queer Lake and back, although fit hikers can probably do it in less time.

Winter Overview

Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the trail has very few elevation changes.

The old railroad track starts across the road from the Browns Tract beach access on Uncas Road. There are two options from this point — stay on the old Uncas Road and go over Fox Mountain or to take the old railroad bed into the village of Raquette Lake. The railroad is an easier route into Raquette Lake, which is reached in 2.5 miles.

The end of the old railroad becomes Dillon Road. Once you pass the small library to your right, be on the lookout for a foundation on the left. After the foundation, turn right on the pavement and curve past the Raquette Lake Supply building. If you go left you'll start the climb back up Fox Mountain on Uncas road, back to the starting point.

Location

Look for the dirt road that's on Uncas Road, across the road from the Browns Tract Pond beach access. This is the old railroad.

Distance

It's 2.5 miles one way.

It can take more than 4 hours to walk this entire route and back. It takes less time on a mountain bike.

Winter Overview

Winter access is not recommended, as this is a snowmobile trail in the winter.

Directions

The Old Dam Nature Trail loop, located near Limekiln Lake campsite #98 on the back side of the leach field, is an easy 1.3 mile hike. You can also access the Third Lake Creek Trail from here.

Beginning at the trailhead, which leads around the outlet of the lake, visitors might see Wood Warblers, woodpeckers, Winter Wrens, and Common and Hooded Mergansers.

Location

From downtown Inlet, travel 0.75 mile northeast on Route 28 and turn right Limekiln Lake Road. Follow that for 2 miles to the campsite entrance on the right. The trail is accessed in the DEC-run Limekiln Lake Campground.

Distance

An easy 1.3 mile loop.

Hikers and mountain bikers should expect to take less than an hour to complete this 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. you can connect with the Old Dam Nature Trail and Third Lake Creek but plan on an all day ski through as the trail is not groomed and snowpack can be deep. The total distance of this loop could be more than 10 miles.

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.

Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for fishermen and women of all ages.

The shores of this large picnic area offer some weed beds for fishing rainbow and brook trout, perch, and sunfish. There is a cartop only boat launch at this location.

Location

Take a left in Thendara on Route 28 at the Steakhouse Restaurant, travel 0.2 mile and turn left onto Green Bridge road in Thendara.

It's an easy, 0.3-mile walk to the dam.

Winter Overview: Always check ice thickness before walking on local lakes. Fourth Lake sees a large amount of snowmobile traffic during the winter. Ice fishermen enjoy good action with tigermuskie, perch, and lake trout. Plowing at the access is limited.

The shores of this large picnic area offer some feed weed beds for fishing northern pike, tigermuskie, perch, and sunfish. There is a cartop only boat launch at this location.

Location: Drive 7.3 miles from downtown Inlet on South Shore Road and turn onto Petrie Road. Follow that for 0.3 mile to the state DEC cartop boat access and picnic area.

Fern Park

Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road.

In summer, this park offers a playground, ball field, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, public restrooms, and a network of more than 20 miles of loop hiking and mountain biking trails that range from easy to difficult. There are single and double track trails for riders and hikers to follows, with lots of elevation changes.

Winter brings groomed sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing outside and an indoor skating rink, public restrooms, and warming rooms in the pavilion. There is 1.2 miles of lit and groomed trails in the winter for nighttime ski and snowshoe excursions. Detailed maps are available at the trailhead and at the Inlet Information Office, or call (866) GO-INLET or visit inletny.com for more information.

Location

From Route 28 in downtown Inlet, turn onto South Shore Road. Travel 0.2 mile, take a left onto Loomis Road, and continue for about 100 yards to the parking area.

Distances

There are 20 miles of looping trails ranging from easy to expert. Fern Park is single-track mountain biking paradise.

It's easy to make any number of loops on Fern Park's trails. Families can do short hikes, but there are plenty of longer options for those seeking a challenge.

Winter Overview

Fern Park has free, fully groomed single and double track cross-country ski trails that are also open to snowshoes. There is a warming room and daily plowed parking, plus an ice rink and a children's sledding hill. The park is open until 10 p.m.

This trail leads north to Shallow Lake. After 1 mile, it crosses a log bridge over the bog. This is a wonderful area to see Black-backed and Northern Three Toed Woodpeckers, Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadees, Olive-Sided and Yellow Bellied Fly Catchers, White Throated, Swamp and Lincoln Sparrows, Rusty Blackbird, Solitary Vireo, Parula, Yellow Rumped, Palm, Nashville and Common Yellow Throat Warblers, Sawhet and Short-Eared Owls, and Red Breasted Nuthatch.

Location

This is a birding area located off Uncas Road, near the village of Raquette Lake. The trail is on the right when leaving the village.

Distances

3 mile, round-trip loop.

This hike can take more than three hours to clompete. It's moderately difficult for mountain biking.

Winter Overview

Recommended for snowshoe access only.

With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of terrain. The trailhead starts an informal 1.8 mile loop that slips away from the left of the bridge through a replanted evergreen forest in an old sand pit.

The trail is for beginners and has very little elevation change. It winds beneath an old log road canopy of evergreens and hardwoods. When it spills back out on the main road, follow that to the right to return to the trailhead.

Location

The Moose River Recreation Area Primitive Camping Area is a 5-mile drive from the Limekiln entrance in Inlet. The gravel and dirt access road has a 15-mile-per-hour speed limit. The trailhead starts 50 yards over the Red River bridge, on the left.

Distance

1.8 miles round trip

It only takes a couple of hours to do this trail.

The trail on the right is flagged at the beginning with yellow and red tape. Keep a lookout for this junction as it is easily missed. The road is rocky as you approach and the right turn off is sharp. This trail is fairly flat with gentle, rolling hills.

Location

Turn right off the road from Sagamore and there will be a gate that can be ridden around on the left. Follow this rocky road for a while and come to a bridge. Climb up a slight incline away from the bridge, and look for a trail sign on the left side of the road pointing to the right.

Distance

1.9 miles from the Rondaxe parking area trailhead to the summit.

It can take about 3 hours to do this hike, and about half that on a mountain bike.

Winter Overview

Recommended for snowshoe access only. Parking is not authorized here in the winter.

Fern Park Recreation Area

Located on Loomis Road, in Inlet, Fern Park is a four-season recreation area. In the winter this free park offers 20 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, groomed sledding hill, indoor skating rink, public restrooms, warming hut, and plenty of off-road parking.

winter trail overview

Boasting 20 miles of interconnecting loops, Fern Park Recreation Area is the perfect spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Meticulously maintained and groomed by the Town of Inlet's Park and Recreation department, this single and double track cross-country ski trail system offers something for everyone from the beginner level skier to the seasoned backcountry adventurer. In addition, the trails are set up to accommodate traditional and skate cross-country technique as well as snowshoes.

Prefer night skiing? Fern Park can accommodate that as well, since trail lights cover 1.2 miles of trails.

Total trail distance: 20 miles of interconnecting loops.
Miles of groomed trails: 14 miles of interconnecting loops groomed for traditional and skate skiing and snowshoe travel.
Ungroomed trails: 6 miles of outer loop single track trails
Miles of light trails: 1.2 miles of groomed single track and skate ski until 10 p.m.

Directions

From Route 28 in downtown Inlet, turn onto South Shore Road. Travel  0.2 mile and take a left onto Loomis Road. Travel for approximately 100 Yyrds to the parking area.

Estelle Pond | Winter

This trail is obscure and not marked, but can be followed without too much trouble. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience is highly recommended.

Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:

Estelle Pond is not officially named as such, but this beaver pond is on the flanks of Estelle Mountain. From the trailhead follow the forest road through the grassy field and when it makes a hard left and starts uphill toward Death Falls look for the path/old trail on the right. It will most likely not be broken out but should still be easy enough to locate. The old trail is believed to be an access road to the Great Camp Sagamore and used to transport supplies and patron the "backway" through the forest, to give them more of a wilderness feel, I bet it worked, image a sleigh ride through this area?
Once on the old trail it's pretty easy to follow aside from a couple small spots, but take your time and look ahead rather than right in front of you to stay on it. There are a couple downed trees to get over slowing the pace a bit. The trail climbs a bit over 300' to the shore of the obscure pond. This resembles an old beaver pond with dead snags dotting it.

Ascent:

-320 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

3.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: Not recommended

Experienced Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours

Inexperienced Snowshoers: Not recommended

Trailhead Location:

In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road. There is no trailhead sign. Parking in winter is a bit tricky, but it should be regularly plowed out.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Three: Mainly due to lack of use and the need to break trail

Additional Important Information:

The old road continues through to Sagamore Lake and Great Camp Sagamore, if you wanted to spot a car on that end.

Death Falls

Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:

Passing by the gate you will be on an old access road that brings you through an open field with the brook to your left. As you continue through you may notice a split in the trail. Right will lead you around to Estelle Pond, the left fork will lead to the base of the falls. You will have a small stream crossing to where you will be able to see the falls to your right.

Ascent:

-20 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

0.6 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 30 minutes

Experienced Snowshoers: 20 minutes

Out of Shape Snowshoers: 30 minutes

Trailhead Location:

In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road. There is no trailhead sign. Parking in winter is a bit tricky, but it should be regularly plowed out.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: This is a very short and easy trail, a perfect spot to recreate with the entire family.

Additional Important Information:

Do not go to the top of the falls in the winter it is a very slippery and dangerous location.

Squaw Lake

From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic. This is an old road beneath you so the footing is superb. The grade is quite easy as well as you climb easily over the rolling hills. After a short 0.2 miles the Squaw Lake Trail comes in on the right. From here the trail drops continually tot eh shore. There are three bridges to cross upon and an interesting rocky trail. You will come out to the shore of this rocky pond and near a campsite on the shore.

Location

From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road and turn left on Moose River Plains Road. Continue on Moose River Plains Road to Otter Brook Road, which will be your second right. Eventually this turns into Indian River Road, which you can follow to the end. These roads through the Moose River Plains are very rough, but can be driven in most cars with some care at slow speeds.

Distance

1.2 miles

This hike generally only takes a couple of hours to complete.

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.

Coney Mountain Snowshoe Trail

Most of the trail is rocky but you wouldn't know it in winter unless conditions are less than favorable. All the rocks and imperfections of a trail are covered in snow, making for a much smoother walking surface. The trail you will find swings around the western slopes of the mountain with the steep slopes of Coney on your right. Soon the trail steepens and continues to move around to the northern slopes of the peak.

On the back side of the mountain you will come to the original path to the summit, located just below the summit. The last section is over slab rock; your snowshoes should be great traction. On the wide open summit you can see Goodman Mountain to the north and Mount Morris to the northeast. The frozen waters of Tupper Lake can be seen to the north as well and the wooded hills of the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the west glisten in white. As far as views go, this is one of the best in the area. This well used trail and bald summit should be a highlight to your visit to the region.

Elevation:

2265 feet

Ascent:

515 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

2.2 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2 to 2.5 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28N in the Village of Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Follow here for just under 12-miles to trailhead on the right. A state DEC sign marks the location.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two, good destination for a beginner snowshoe, but can be a bit steep in sections, otherwise this would be a one.

Vista Trail Loop

The Vista Trail has become much more over grown over the years and hence has become much less popular and maintenance has fallen to a minimum. Start by following the Sis and Bubb Trail for about a quarter mile to where the Vista Trail comes in on the left. From here you will start climbing and at times quite steep over slippery open rock.

Once on the ridge there are several ups and downs as the small bumps bring you many obstructed views out over Fourth Lake. The trail at the end descends steeply and comes to an intersection with Mountain Pond. Take a left here and continue down to an old forest road and take another left. This old forest road is part of a multi-use trail system that follows along Route 28. Follow this trail system back to your car.

Location

From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Inlet continue on Route 28 west toward Old Forge. Continue for 1.5 miles to the trailhead for Sis and Bubb Lakes on the right.

Distance

5.6 miles round trip

It can take more than 5 hours to do this hike.

Moss Lake Loop

The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of taking the spur trail to Bubb and Sis lakes, which is a nice single track along mostly intermediate terrain with a nice expert section at the end.

Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe. The trailhead is large and doubles as a popular picnic area. Moss Lake was the home to a Girls camp from 1923-1972 — a historical markers tells the story.

Hiking in a counterclockwise direction, the trail remains on a flat course as it passes through the Fulton Lakes Wild Forest. The northern part of the trail remains fairly close to the shore, giving ample opportunity to approach the lake. There are nine primitive camping sites along the shore.

The trail remains on the old forest road and eventually moves away from the lake. The path leading to Sis and Bubb lakes enters from the right.

Directions

From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, 1 mile south of downtown Inlet, follow Big Moose Road for just over 2.25 miles to the Moss Lake trailhead and parking area on the left.

Distance

It's a 2.5 mile loop to Moss Lake and back.

Most hikers should it expect it to take a little over 2 hours to complete the entire hike. Mountain bikers can complete it in half that time.

Winter Overview

This trail is excellent for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The parking area is plowed and receives regular use by visitors.

Sawyer Mountain Winter Hike

As one of the more popular short hikes in the region, this makes for a great first snowshoe destination for the kids. From the trailhead you will start to climb a bit before the trail levels off on a small plateau and becomes a very easy walk through the woods. There is one slightly steeper section as it comes to some open slab rock under the deep snow cover, making footing a bit tricky, but it soon eases up. You will crest over a lower summit of Sawyer and drop slightly to the viewing platform from a rocky outcropping. This summit is well sheltered giving ample opportunity for a relaxing summit experience and the opportunity to have some hot chocolate without battling strong, cold winds.

Elevation:

2580 feet

Ascent:

575 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

2.2 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: 2.5 to 3 hours
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 2 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue for just under 5-miles to the trailhead on the left.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: This is the perfect snowshoe trip for the entire family.

Rocky Mountain | Snowshoe Hike

Rocky Mountain is possibly the most popular hikes in the Inlet area, maybe even in Hamilton County. The trail for Rocky Mountain is short, it's steep, but it's a fun snowshoe, and a perfect destination for the entire family. At only 0.5 miles from trailhead to summit, you really get a serious bang for your buck. Starting off the trail really wastes no time becoming steep. With snowshoes it makes the going a bit more challenging, but not overly so, just take your time on the descent.

There are a few small areas where small rock shelves come into the pictures, if you decide to take the direct approach up them choose your footing carefully, typically other snowshoers make a trail around the rock to avoid the odd steps. The trail near the ends starts to flatten out and you soon come to an open rocky summit overlooking the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

Elevation:

2205 feet

Ascent:

475 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

1.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: 2 to 3 hours
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 2 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2 to 3 hours

Trailhead Location:

Follow Route 28 west out of the village of Inlet and in no time you will see the trailhead on the right. This is a large parking area, paved but rough. The Rocky Mountain Trail is directly at the back of the parking area.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

One: This is a short snowshoe trip great for the entire family.

Snowy Mountain Snowshoe Hike

Snowy Mountain, at just under 4,000 feet in elevation, is one of the tallest peaks in the Indian Lake Region. Snowy is also one of the more challenging endeavors for winter climbing and snowshoeing in the area, and should not be taken as a quick afternoon jaunt. If you seek a challenge, this might be the trail for you.

The trail starts out quite mellow, with a slight incline, and stays like that for a ways. You will soon start to hear Beaver Brook to your right, and eventually you'll cross it a few times ialong the way. At about 2 miles the terrain gets steeper and only lets up on occasion.

The further in you go, the steeper the trail gets, and as you near the top you will come to a very steep section with tough footing. In snowshoes this final section, which brings you to a plateau, can be quite tough. To the right you can walk out to a tall ledge and have an outstanding overlook, be very careful here, as the drop is dangerous. The trail continues past the plateau and moderately climbs to the true summit, where the fire tower sits. There is no view from the summit, so you will need to climb the tower. Be sure you do — the views from that perch are outstanding.

Elevation:

3,899 feet

Ascent:

2,100 feet

Distance Round Trip:

7.8 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: Nor recommended
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 4 to 5 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: 5 to 6 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just over 7 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is on the left.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Three: This is a very demanding snowshoe trip with steep terrain and modest distance.

Kings Flow East Snowshoe 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 several 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 that for 7.8 miles to the Kings Flow Parking Area. This is the trailhead for Chimney Mountain, Johns Pond, and Puffer Pond. This is an informal pay-to-use parking area, so please be sure to pay the small fee at the kiosk.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and lack of consistent use

Humphrey Mountain Snowshoe Trail

The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. To date, the trail is still marked and maintained by a third party. It is in excellent condition for snowshoeing, but does not have a rewarding finish. From the trailhead you will follow the King Flow East Trail as it passes through the Siamese Pond Wilderness. This trail gets quite a bit of use up to the intersection for Puffer Pond, but beyond there the use is much more limited. Continue a ways further up the King Flow East Trail to an unmarked trail on the right with orange and yellow trail disks; this is the Humphrey Mountain Trail.

The trail will them move along an easy course through the forest over rolling hills and crossing several smaller brooks, including Humphrey Brook. Past the brook the trail climbs slightly and swings around hard to the base of Humphrey Mountain. From here the trail gets much steeper and works its way up the shoulder to a high col between two summits of Humphrey Mountain. The trail ends here at the location of a small open pit garnet mine, almost hidden in the depths of winter. To obtain the views of Humphrey Mountain a demanding half mile bushwhack is required.

Ascent:

1760 feet

Distance Round Trip:

6.9 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: Not recommended
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 4 to 4.5 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: 5 to 6 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. After 0.5 miles turn left onto Big Brook Road. Follow Big Brook Road all the way to the end at the King Flow Parking area for Chimney Mountain.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: While not overly difficult it does get quite steep at the end.

Additional Important Information:

This is an old trail that still appears on maps and at this time is maintained by someone.

Hiking over a frozen body of water 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 from the North

From the King's Flow parking area, follow the dirt road a bit further on foot and locate the trail on the right. Please respect the rights of property owners and stay on the trail — there is no public access to King's Flow at this time.

Straight at the intersection leads to Chimney Mountain. Once on the trail you will be on a foot path that is not heavily used but relatively flat. Once you cross over Carroll Brook you will start to climb quite steadily. The trail will continue on this climb up and over the shoulder of Bullhead Pond. The descent is swift and in no time brings you to the shore of Puffer Pond. Be sure to visit one of the two lean-to's on the pond for a place to have a comfortable and scenic lunch.

Ascent:

400 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

4.2 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 3 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. Pay the $2 fee at the small kiosk.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two

Additional Important Information:

There is an attractive lean-to on the shore of Puffer Pond, a great place to relax and have some hot cocoa.
Hiking over a frozen body of water 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.

Chimney Mountain Snowshoe Hike

This trail gets pretty good use in the winter and has become a very popular snowshoe destination. From the trailhead you will continue up the dirt road on foot for a short distance to the trailhead at the back. The trail will start to climb immediately but under very mellow conditions before starting a much more serious climb up the steeper slopes of the peak. You will come to the Chimney before the summit. Many often mistake the rock chimney location as the summit, while the true rocky summit is nearly a half mile further along the trail. Great views are located at both the chimney location and the summit.

Elevation:

2721 feet

Ascent:

1,000 feet

Distance Round Trip:

3 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 2.5 to 4 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: 3 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. Pay the $2 fee at the small kiosk. Please respect the rights of property owners and stay on the trail — there is no public access to Kings Flow at this time.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two, good destination for a beginner snowshoe, but can be a bit steep in sections.

West Mountain Snowshoe Hike

West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure offers good views from its partially open summit. The length and the fact that the access road to the trailhead is closed limit its use by a large number of visitors.

From the trailhead you will drop slightly into an open hardwood forest on a trail that is quite narrow and a bit overgrown in areas. Soon you reach the trail that comes in from Brown's Tract Ponds. At this intersection take a right and follow an old woods road that is in excellent condition and flat snowshoeing. You will pass by several other side trails, most of which might not even be noticeable in winter, be sure to stay on the main trail. Another trail to Raquette Lake (the lake) will come in on the right.

Once you leave the woods road the trail becomes slightly more difficult over rolling hills and eventually to some very steep terrain. The steep terrain will bring you to a moderate walk along the ridge and then to the summit of West Mountain. The true summit is slightly in the woods but the views are in an open area just prior.

Elevation:

2902 feet

Ascent:

~1125 Feet

Distance Round Trip:

10.6 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

  • Families with Kids: Not recommended
  • Experienced Snowshoers: 6 to 8 hours
  • Out of Shape Snowshoers: Not recommended

Trailhead Location:

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 to Brown's Tract Road also known as Uncas Road. This is a season use road and is closed in winter as a snowmobile trail. You will have to snowshoe the remaining 0.5 miles to the trailhead.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Four: Mainly due to distance and lack of winter use.

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.

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