Adirondack Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Hamilton County’s Wild Adirondack Trails

This winter, strap on some snowshoes and head into Hamilton County’s wild forests for an adventure that everyone can enjoy. One of the easiest winter sports to master, snowshoeing is available on multi-use recreation paths that can be found throughout the region. From snowshoe trails that loop around towns and villages, to paths that trace the fall lines of mountains and lead into the pristine unknown of the Adirondack Wild’s backcountry, snowshoe across Hamilton County and experience the beauty of winter in the Adirondack woods.

Between the Silver Lake Wilderness and the Jessop River Wild Forest lie the towns of Piseco, Lake Pleasant and Speculator, offering some of the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails found in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park.

Adirondack Snowshoe Trails for Families

In Speculator, the Kunjamuk Loop offers an easy-to-moderate snowshoe trek that travels upland through forests and along the Kunjamuk River plain before circling back just shy of reaching the Kunjamuk River. The trail is marked, offering a leisurely mile-long snowshoe perfect for families with small children. Access the trailhead from the Speculator Firehouse on Route 30. Nearby, the trail to Colonel Peck’s Grave offers adventure and history along an easy 1.2 mile trek that leads to the grave of Peck, a Revolutionary War hero from Hamilton County. Access the trailhead from South Shore Road.

The town of Lake Pleasant is home to snowshoe trails for all skill levels, offering outstanding natural scenery and wildlife viewing. The Lake Pleasant Nature and Ski Trail loops for 1.5 miles through beginner to intermediate terrain. The trail begins behind the Soil and Water Conservation Office in the Lake Pleasant County Office Building Complex on Route 8, and then travels up a hillside and through an apple orchard.

Expert Snowshoers Only

The Northville-Placid trail travels through the Adirondack villages of Lake Pleasant and Piseco – offering a winter challenge for the most experienced snowshoers.  The entire trail stretches a daunting 133 miles from the southern Adirondacks to the Lake Placid in the High Peaks Wilderness. While a trek along the entire route may be too much for an afternoon of snowshoeing through the woods, sections of the trail provide excellent backcountry snowshoeing opportunities throughout the winter in the Adirondacks. Intermediate-to-advanced snowshoeing skills are a must, as this trail truly captures the spirit of the rugged Adirondack Wilderness. For a less daunting snowshoe on the Northville-Placid trail, head out on the trailhead located off of Old Piseco Road and follow the trail along an old logging road to Spruce Lake. This is a 10-mile backcountry trek that should only be attempted by competent cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Groomed and Backcountry Adirondack Snowshoe Trails

From groomed terrain at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville, offering groomed trails that stretch for miles, to the challenging climbs found in the backcountry, Hamilton County offers an array of snowshoeing experiences across a variety of terrain.

  • Bullhead Pond – The trailhead is located off of the Chain Lakes Road in Indian Lake via Route 28. This is an easy trek into the small pond and perfect for beginners. One mile roundtrip.
  • Cathedral Pines – The trailhead is located on Route 28 near the Eight Lake Campground. Enjoy a short snowshoe through a forest of old growth virgin pine trees.
  • Blue Mountain Fire Tower Trail – From the trailhead located half a mile north of the Adirondack Museum on Route 30, this popular snowshoe trek travels two miles up Blue Mountain to a restored fire tower. Expect a moderate to difficult four mile round-trip.
  • Great Camp Sagamore Lake Trail – From the trailhead on Sagamore Road just before the bridge over Sagamore Lake Outlet, travel for 3.7 miles roundtrip and enjoy an easy trek on this old carriage road. Glimpse Great Camp Sagamore across the lake, a stunning Great Camp formerly owned by the Vanderbilts.
  • Wilson and Grassy Pond – The trailhead is located on Route 28 across from Eagle Lake. Enjoy a leisurely snowshoe into two ponds and glimpse various birds and native wildlife. Roundtrip is 5.8 miles total.


Additional Adirondack Wild Snowshoeing Trails

The trails listed below are multi-purpose and are great for snowshoeing. Please be curtious and stay to the side of any ski tracks.

Thank you and Enjoy!

Cross Country Ski Trails

Bullhead Pond

Indian Lake, NY

Cedar Lakes

Arietta, NY

Clockmill Pond

Arietta, NY

Colonel Peck's Grave

Speculator, NY

Frederica Mountain - Lake Lila

Long Lake, NY

Hamilton County Nature Trail

Lake Pleasant, NY

Hitchins Pond / Upper Dam / Low's Ridge

Long Lake, NY

Johns Pond

Indian Lake, NY

Old Kunjamuck Trail/Road

Indian Lake, NY

Pine Orchard

Wells, NY

Rock Lake

Indian Lake, NY

Sprague Pond

Indian Lake, NY

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