UPPER SARANAC LAKE-LAKE CLEAR AREA
Horse Trail Complex to Rat Pond, Bone Pond and Fish Pond
This area contains a number of short level loop circuits on both sides
of Rt. 30, and an additional 5 mile bridle path to Fish Pond as shown on
the map. Except for a steep spot on the Fish Pond trail 2 miles from
the start, these routes are recommended for intermediate skiing.
From Saranac Lake, take Rt. 86 to Lake Clear Junction. Continue on
Rt. 30 about 3 miles to the intersection of Forest Home Rd. to the
left. The Department of Environmental conservation's Saranac Inn
headquarters is found on the right. The trail starts just west of the
headquarters. It crosses the old railroad bed and follows the railroad
for 1/4 mile before turning into the woods to Fish pond. The short
loops to Rat Pond and Bone Pond are indicated on the map, and are
recommended for novice skiers.
TUPPER LAKE AREA
Cold River Horse Trail System
Originally laid out to provide experience horsemen with 30 mile circuits
in a wilderness setting, this trail system also provides routes having
widths and grades suitable for Nordic skiing. The distances are such
that these complete circuits can only be attempted in winter by persons
of extraordinary skill and endurance in combination with very favorable
snow conditions. The winter use of these trails can, therefore, only be
recommended as in-an-out routes. Of these, the Raquette Falls trip is
the most popular involving a 10 mile round trip . From Tupper Lake,
take Rt. 3 east 6 miles to Wawbeek Corners. Keep right on Rt. 3, pass
Panther Pond, and turn right on Ampersand Rd. in the hamlet of Corey's,
coming 2.4 miles from Wawbeek Corners. Pass the Stoney Creek Ponds on
the left. The road is plowed in winter only to the bridge that crosses
the Stoney Creek Ponds outlet. Limited roadside parking is available.
>From Wawbeek Corners, a short trail leads generally south to the
Raquette River at Trombley's Landing, distance 1 1/2 miles. this route
is suitable for novices.
PAUL SMITHS AREA
Hayes Brook Trail
The trailhead is located 3 miles north of the Visitors Interpretive
Center, on Rt. 30. A yellow on brown sign marks a parking area on the
east side of the road. The trail starts past the metal gate, and
follows a truck trail through a pine plantation. After half a mile, you
will cross the Osgood River and soon after, the trail makes a sharp
left, climbing into more pines. The beginning of the trail covers
rolling terrain, and then turns into fairly easy skiing, to Sheep Meadow
where you will find lean-tos, and a horse shelter.
St. Regis and Fish Ponds Ski
The trail begins off of the NY State DEC Fish Hatchery Road located on
Rt. 30, just about 10 miles south of The Visitor Interpretive Center.
The majority of the trail to St. Regis and or Fish pond is flat except,
for a long climb and then a long downhill. Park off the side of the
road and ski to the railroad tracks, then turn left to follow the
tracks. After a quarter mile, turn right into the woods along the Fish
Pond Truck Trail. The track is wide, and relatively easy to follow,
even when the DEC markers are not visible. It is less than a mile to
the Pond. If you are continuing on the Fish Pond, the steep descent you
encounter, will be less than enjoyable on the way back to your car..
Take a map and compass with you since the trail is not well marked.