Snowshoeing

Snowshoe the Adirondacks

Plentiful trails and paths for your winter adventure

Snowshoeing opportunities await

The Adirondacks is seemingly in a New Yorks State snow-belt; can't find snow, come here!  As a region we thrive on snow, love snow, welcome snow and we're not afraid to admit it. Snowshoeing is a very popular past-time and a great way to extend your hiking season to an all-year activity. Did you know a Raquette is a snowshoe? That's right, we have a lake, village, and river named after one of the most popular Adirondack sports.

This winter, strap on some snowshoes and head to the Adirondacks to enjoy our mountains and forests like never before. Snowshoeing is one of the easiest winter sports to master, and works all different kinds of muscles, helping you stay in prime condition all-year round. Here, we have snowshoe trails to fit all user types, of all abilities, and fitness levels.

Beginner Trails

Offering many, many miles of beginner trails that loop around through the preserve, along river bends, that circumnavigate lakes and ponds, even those that are groomed for easy access and use. These trails would be perfect to designate for family outings as well. Head back to Rock Lake near the Town of Indian Lake and look out over a pristine area with Blue Mountain in the background. You can visit Watch Hill for an outstanding overlook near Snowy Mountain. Maybe you wish to stay on the rolling hills, follow a lightly used trail back to Callahan Brook. Maybe you find these trails to be a bit easier than expected and you want a bit more of a challenge? Step it up a bit and try some of our intermediate trails.

Intermediate Trails

With our intermediate trails you have a bit more of a challenge ahead of you and many more options for some outstanding views from our mountain tops. Intermediate trails might not be for everyone and young children may find them too difficult, so choose wisely. With slightly steeper terrain and longer distances you are opening up yourself to some outstanding backcountry adventures. For example, you can climb to the summit of Chimney Mountain and explore the summit crown for some of the coolest caves around, or snowshoe back West Mountain and climb high above Raquette Lake. Keep in mind if you want real winter snowshoe challenges you could step foot on to our advanced trails.

Advanced Trails

Advanced might not be the perfect word for our more rugged backcountry trails, maybe you can come up with a better word. These trails are not always on the longer side but sometimes on the steeper and more aggressive. These trails are much better for those attuned to those conditions and longer days. Not typically recommended for out of shape hikers or young children, but something that can be worked up to for future outings. Snowy Mountain, Blue Mountain, and Owl's Head Mountain are three of the taller mountains in the region and require a bit more effort to accomplish. Longer hikes like the Northville/Placid Trail will access you into the backcountry and even bring you from town to town.

Find the right Snowshoe gear

We don't want you to go without the appropriate gear to do the job. If you need something like snowshoes, trekking poles, winter jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, and/or a good pair of warm boots – oh and don't forget your map and guide book, we have outdoor gear shops with all the stuff you need and rentals too. Our New York State Guides can also help you get started by offering snowshoe trips into the region based on all types of skill levels, from a half day to a multi-day outing.

Hiking Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of this loop. Aside from a bit of elevation change on one end, the...
State Route 4
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking This is one of the most popular destinations in the Blue Mountain Lake Region, and rightfully so, it's got an amazing view....
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking The Pathway is a 1-1/2 mile long boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional...
Rte 30
Speculator
12164
Hiking Wilson Pond is one of those hidden ponds that so many would consider a back-country gem. With a well-placed lean-to on its...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking From the trail register continue up the road for about 100-feet to the trail on the right. You will immediately cross a...
Green Lake Road
Piseco
12139
Hiking With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types...
Hunt Club Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Trout Brook is not named as such on any map, but a historical marker refers to it as such as you cross over it on North...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will drop slightly...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake; it has now been turned into a wonderful trail that...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the...
Route 8
Arietta
‎12139
Hiking Sargent Ponds are located in the approximately 45,000 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and are open to all kind of outdoor...
North Point Road
Raquette Lake
13436
Beaver Brook Bog is a birding area located off Uncas Road, near the village of Raquette Lake. The trail is on the right when...
Uncas Road
Raquette Lake
13436
Paddling Lake Lila is located in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. It is a remote, motor-less lake with 24...
Lake Lila Access Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking In the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Cathedral Pines is a short .1 mile hike that loops through a stand of magnificent of...
State Route 28
Inlet
13360
Hiking Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most popular in the Hamilton County...
Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking 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...
Limekiln Lake Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe from the parking area. The trailhead is large and doubles as a...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. The trail is...
Big Brook Road
Speculator
12164
Hiking This is a popular destination in the summer, with access to other trails with scenic overlooks, and a spur trail for easy...
Route 421
Long Lake
12847
Hiking From Inlet, travel south on Route 28 for 6.2 miles, then turn right onto Rondaxe Road. Travel just over 0.1 mile to the...
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Snowy is one of the more demanding hikes in Hamilton County and is also one of the 100 highest highest peaks in the...
Route 30
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking It's an easy half-mile climb to Rocky Mountain's summit. The sunset and sunrise views from here can be spectacular. It's no...
Route 28
Eagle Bay
13331
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue...
Military Road
Speculator
12164
Hiking Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road. In...
Loomis Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking This historic hike into Cedar Lakes is known as the French Louie Trail, which honors the famous "French Louie", guide and...
Cedar River Road
Arietta
‎12139
Hiking This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The cool mist of...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Easy hike for kids with scenery. Snowshoeing You will notice this gets very little winter use from snowshoers, however, it's...
Route 30
Indian Lake
12842
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure it offers good views from its partially open summit...
Brown's Tract Road
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
Hiking Located right on the border of Hamilton and Franklin Counties, Coney is an outstanding bang-for-your-buck mountain. With...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a network of dirt roads and trails in parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake...
Chain Lakes Road South
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened...
Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for...
Route 8/30
Speculator
12164
Hiking Hey, don't be afraid of the name, but intrigued. Unsure how this beautiful piece of artwork got it scary name, it does not...
Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking The trailhead to the north section is on the northeast side of the Tarbell Hill Road, approximately 0.6 mile from Route 28N...
Tarbell Hill Road
Long Lake
12847
Chimney Mountain has unique features due to a large proportion of  soft, sedimentary "Grenville layers" that have made passageways...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Trail Description and Winter Conditions Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N heading toward Newcomb. This...
Rt. 28N
Newcomb
12852
Hiking Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential. It is located along...
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch...
Route 8
Wells
12190
Hiking Sawyer is one of the more popular hikes in the Indian Lake Region, mainly due to its excellent payoff for little effort....
Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This moderately difficult trail follows a ridge overlooking the beautiful Fourth Lake. Please note that this route is not as well-...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 for a mile to Big Brook Road...
195 Lakeview Dr
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Owls Head Mountain is part of the Sargent Ponds Wild Forest which covers an impressive approximate 45,000 acres. This rather...
Endion Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the King Flow East Trail – this is not marked. Trailhead Location...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Kane Mountain can be climbed as a loop. The 60-foot tall Kane Mountain Fire Tower is located on the summit. It was first...
Green Lake Road
Arietta
‎12139
Hiking Lake Eaton is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. Lake Eaton State Campground is located on the northeast shore...
Endion Road
Long Lake
12847
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just...
Indian Lake
12842
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which...
Raquette Lake
13436
Off South Shore Road in Lake Pleasant, a trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Loring Peck, Hamilton...
Speculator
12164
This is a very mysterious cave that keeps everyone wondering if it was man-made or not. Check it out and decide for yourself. The...
Speculator
12164
The summit cliffs of Mount Frederica overlook lovely Lake Lila in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. There...
Long Lake
12847
As one of the more popular short hikes in the region, this makes for a great first snowshoe destination for the kids. From the...
Indian Lake
12842
Pillsbury Mountain is one of those peaks that is in the middle of nowhere, at least so it seems when you are driving there. A maze...
Lake Pleasant
12108
This interesting loop around Sagamore Lake starts and ends at the Great Camp Sagamore. Many of the trails around the great camp are...
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking This relatively easy walk passes through several fields, a wetland/marsh area and mixed hardwoods, ending beneath stands of...
Route 30
Wells
12190
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back...
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...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
The trail to Third Lake Creek is a seldom-used path that may be tough going after the first 2 miles, but the winding creek along...
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360
This trail is located in the Great Eight Lakes area. It is an easy to moderate, 1.2-mile hike to Windfall Pond. If you choose to...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
Hiking The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike....
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Located on the south side of Route 28, the Green Bridge and Lock and Dam picnic area offers about 20 nice fishing locations for...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
8.0 mile hike one way, easy Adirondack hike. This trail follows an old lumber company road, which continues all the way to...
Indian Lake
12842
A 1.5 mile route easy terrain. The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep. An open grassy area and...
Piseco
12139
This hike is not accessible to the public, due to a conflict between the DEC and the owners of the land. There is currently a bill...
Benson
12134
This is a great "bushwhack" hike, as there is no formal DEC trail. Little Cathead rises over Woods Lake with cliffs on the...
Benson
12134
5.8 mile trail, easy. First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to a secluded sandy beach on Good Luck Lake, and then you can...
Arietta
‎12139
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail...
Lake Pleasant
12108
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...
Arietta
‎12139
4-mile route, easy. This is a pleasant walk along the outlet stream of a natural deep-water lake.
Arietta
‎12139
8.3 mile hike, moderately easy, two cars needed. This route follows an old road and trail once used by early settlers who farmed...
Hope
12134
This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack wilderness area ending at a lean to, the perfect place to rest on the shore of...
Indian Lake
12842

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