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
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
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.