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.

Snowshoe Trails: 1 - 51 of 51

Watch Hill

Gain 380 feet of elevation in 1.1 miles to reach great views of the surrounding lakes and forests.
Indian Lake

Stewart and Indian Lakes Snowshoeing Trail

A perfect destination for a short snowshoe trip for the entire family.

Lower and Upper Browns Tract Ponds to Shallow Lake

This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which is a hidden gem. This is an excellent half-day hike that shouldn't get overlooked.
Raquette Lake

Cathedral Pines

Cathedral Pines is a short hike through a stand of magnificent of old growth virgin pines.

Goodnow Mountain | Snowshoe

Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N heading toward Newcomb.
Long Lake

Rocky Mountain

Rocky Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in the Inlet area. The half-mile hike to the summit rewards you at the top with views overlooking the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

Great Camp Sagamore Lake Trail

This is a pleasant walk on an old carriage road which circles the lake and provides views across the lake to the Great Camp Sagamore, once the summer home of the Vanderbilts.
Raquette Lake

Blue Mountain | Snowshoe Trail

Affording outstanding views and a decent snowshoe challenge to summit, it attracts large numbers of people all year long. Blue Mountain is also home to an Adirondack Fire Tower, a small piece of region history.
Blue Mountain Lake

Kunjamuk Cave

Kunjamuk Cave in Speculator, New York is a very mysterious cave that keeps everyone wondering if it was manmade or not. You make the choice, just check it out.

Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower

Pillsbury is a fairly steep climb to a fire tower. Great views can be seen from the cab of the tower.
Lake Pleasant

Colonel Peck's Grave

A short trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Peck, Hamilton County's only Revolutionary War officer.

OK Slip Falls

OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondack Park. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened making this hidden gem accessible to the public. The spectacular waterfall has become an extremely popular hiking destination.
Indian Lake

Lake Eaton Trail

Lake Eaton, just north of Long Lake, is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. The Lake Eaton Recreation Trail brings you through an attractive forest to a a more remote area on the lake.
Long Lake

Rock Pond | Snowshoeing

This short and easy trail gets very little winter use from snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman out on the horizon of Rock Pond.
Indian Lake

Kane Mountain Loop from Schoolhouse Road | Snowshoe

This trail is less traveled but still a great snowshoe trip.

Bald Mountain

While not part of the Hamilton County Fire Tower Challenge it is part of the Adirondack Fire Tower Challenge. This is totally worth the short ride over from the Inlet area, you will not be disappointed. With a long rocky spine and several outstanding view
Country Route 93, Inlet

Castle Rock Loop | Winter

Enjoy the open rock summit of Castle Rock overlooking Blue Mountain Lake.
Blue Mountain Lake