NORTH CREEK AREA
Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area
The principal Nordic skiing route runs approximately north-south from
Thirteenth lake coming out on Rt. 8, about 4 miles west of Baker's
Mills. It follows the Sacandaga River for most of its length.
The Shanty Brook section off Rt. 8 goes over a shoulder of Eleventh
Mountain. The descent down the north slope of this mountain is steep
and is hazardous under frozen snow conditions. the remainder of the
trail has generally easy grades.
A side trail to the Siamese Ponds branches to the west about 4 miles
from Rt. 8 an additional distance of 2 1/2 miles. The grades on this
portion are steeper than the rest of the trail. There is a leanto at
this trail intersection. The total distance from the foot of Thirteenth
Lake to Rt. 8 is approximately 12 miles.
The northern terminus of the route is found by taking Rt. 28 to
North Creek and then to North River. About 5 miles from North Creek and
1 mile beyond North River look for a road left, marked for Thirteenth
Lake and for Garnet Hill Lodge.
For the southern approach, take Rt. 28 to Wevertown and turn west on
Rt.8. The sign for Shanty Brook and Siamese Ponds is about 10 miles
west on Rt. 8 from Wevertown.
Lower Slopes of Crane Mountain
This is a short novice trail about 1 mile long from the trail head to
the Crane Mountain Observers cabin. Take Rt. 28 to Wevertown, and turn
west on Rt. 8. In about 1 1/2 miles reach Johnsburg, and turn south on
South Johnsburg Rd. Follow this for approximately 7 miles to a right
hand turn marked with a sign "Crane Mt. Trailhead." Continue for almost
2 miles and turn right again at a second corner similarly marked.
Follow this road to the end, about half a mile.
Gore Mountain Ski Center, North Creek
In addition to lift serviced downhill skiing, the Gore Mountain Ski
Center has added a number of cross-country ski trails. There is a half
mile loop for novices, a 4 mile intermediate trail, and a 3 mile
wilderness trail. Information and trail maps are available at the main