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.

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...
Loomis Road
Inlet
13360
Most Popular Winter Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 8 toward Lake Pleasant....
Route 8
Lake Pleasant
12108
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
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: Passing by the gate you will be on an old access road that brings you through an open field...
Raquette Lake
13436
Initially you will be following a private dirt road, please stay on the marked route. The trail markers are on the power poles, but...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Lake Eaton is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. A state campground is located on the northeast shore. The campground...
Long Lake
12847
The summit cliffs of Mount Frederica overlook lovely Lake Lila in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. There...
Long Lake
12847
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure offers good views from its partially open summit....
Raquette Lake
13436
This trail is obscure and not marked, but can be followed without too much trouble. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience...
Raquette Lake
13436
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...
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
This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake; it has now been turned into a wonderful trail that leads to...
Long Lake
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This trail gets pretty good use in the winter and has become a very popular snowshoe destination. From the trailhead you will...
Indian Lake
12842
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...
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
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
OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened making...
Indian Lake
12842
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: In the winter Wilson Pond makes for a much more exciting ski tour, but the ski tour is not...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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...
Indian Lake
12842
Sargent Ponds are located in the approximately 45,000 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and are open to all kind of outdoor activities...
Raquette Lake
13436
Trail Description and Winter Conditions Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But to snowshoe the entire loop, is not all that...
Long Lake
12847
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...
Indian Lake
12842
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
Off South Shore Road in Lake Pleasant, a trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Loring Peck, Hamilton...
Speculator
12164
Trail Description and Winter Conditions Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N heading toward Newcomb. This...
Long Lake
12847
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a very flat...
Long Lake
12847
Rocky Mountain is possibly the most popular hike in the Inlet area. The trail is short and steep, but it's a fun snowshoe and a...
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 wonder...
Inlet
13360
This rather prominent peak in the Long Lake area is made up of four separate summits, two of which are referred to as the horns....
Long Lake
12847
From the trailhead you will start climbing almost immediately but never on too steep a grade and come to the firetower after only 0...
Piseco
12139
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
In the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Cathedral Pines is a short .1 mile hike that loops through a stand of magnificent of old...
State Route 28
Inlet
13360
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...
Long Lake
12847
You will notice this gets very little winter use from snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman out on the...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is used more as a XC ski trail but also makes for an easy to moderate snowshoe destination. From the trail register...
Piseco
12139
Most of the trail is rocky but you wouldn't know it in winter unless conditions are less than favorable. All the rocks and...
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
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 Point Road...
Long Lake
12847
While not part of the Hamilton County Fire Tower Challenge, this hike is part of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. With a long...
Country Route 93
Inlet
13360
This trail is used much less seldom than the Green Lake Road trailhead, but still a worthy avenue to take. In winter it gets much...
Piseco
12139
Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is plowed, and the trail...
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Winter access is great here for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of...
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: The winter parking here is snowplowed for 12 cars and offers a great place for cross-country skiing and...
Winter Overview: The town of inlet highway department plows a four-car parking area at the beginning of the campsite road. Cross –...
Limekiln Lake Road
Inlet
13360
The trail around Moss Lake traverses gently rolling double track hills for mountain bikes and also provides an easy hike. There's...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the...
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
Winter Overview: The town of Inlet highway department plows a four-car parking area at the beginning of the campsite road. Cross–...
Limekiln Road
Inlet
13360
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
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
4-mile route, easy. This is a pleasant walk along the outlet stream of a natural deep-water lake.
Arietta
‎12139
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
850-yard boardwalk trail, easy. Gentle riverside terrain for all ages and a great place for bird watching. The pathway is an...
Rte 30
Speculator
12164
4 mile Adirondack hike, moderately easy terrain. This hike culminates at an isolated grove of enormous white pines that are 200 to...
Wells
12190
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
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
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail...
Lake Pleasant
12108
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
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
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

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