A 0.75-mile section of trail to Mud Pond for a hand launch is open to the public all year.
Take a left and follow this forest road to the canoe carry for Mud Pond which will be on the left. The canoe carry is only about 150 feet long and slightly downhill.
The trail is closed beyond the Mud Pond Hand Launch Site (approximately 0.75 mile from the trailhead) from June 24 - August 23. Hikers must remain on the section of trail between Mud Pond and the McRorie Lake Outlet (the Base Camp Area).
Accessing the private lands adjacent to the trail is prohibited.
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through town and locate Kickerville Road on the right, about 0.6 miles past the bridge over Long Lake. Follow Kickerville Road to the Stone Building at the end. From here a dirt road passes to its right, this leads to the Cedarlands Boy Scout Camp. The road is marked as private but it is open to the public when the scouts are not in session.
Drive down this dirt road for around 1-mile to the designated public parking on the left.