Balsam and Stink lakes

The first two miles of this trail is on a recently closed dirt road. Then you must ford the Indian River — use caution, this river can be dangerous. A good trail map is a must when hiking in such remote locations. Leave word about your trip plans with others before you hike. The heritage strain brook trout waters here yield great catches to fly fishermen.

Location

Moose River Plains Wild Forest Primitive Camping Area

Drive to the "Big T" in the Moose River Recreation Area, 9.6 miles, then bear right. Travel 1.6 miles to and over the Moose River, and another 4.7 miles to and then over the Otter Brook Bridge. After crossing, bear right again and travel 1.4 miles down to the Little Indian Lake/ Squaw Lake barrier trailhead and parking.

Distances

This is a 12.6-mile drive on a 15-mile-per-hour road in the Moose River Recreation Area. It's 5.7 to 6.9 miles to the lakes. Mountain bikes are not allowed.

Be aware that it can take more than five hours to reach the lakes. It is not recommended for families with small children.

Winter Overview

Not recommended for winter access as the Moose River Plains is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or trucks in the winter.

Location
Inlet, NY, 13360
Phone
(518) 548-3076
Email
info@adirondackexperience.com

The first two miles of this trail is on a recently closed dirt road. Then you must ford the Indian River — use caution, this river can be dangerous. A good trail map is a must when hiking in such remote locations. Leave word about your trip plans with others before you hike. The heritage strain brook trout waters here yield great catches to fly fishermen.

Location

Moose River Plains Wild Forest Primitive Camping Area

Drive to the "Big T" in the Moose River Recreation Area, 9.6 miles, then bear right. Travel 1.6 miles to and over the Moose River, and another 4.7 miles to and then over the Otter Brook Bridge. After crossing, bear right again and travel 1.4 miles down to the Little Indian Lake/ Squaw Lake barrier trailhead and parking.

Distances

This is a 12.6-mile drive on a 15-mile-per-hour road in the Moose River Recreation Area. It's 5.7 to 6.9 miles to the lakes. Mountain bikes are not allowed.

Be aware that it can take more than five hours to reach the lakes. It is not recommended for families with small children.

Winter Overview

Not recommended for winter access as the Moose River Plains is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or trucks in the winter.

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