From the trailhead you will be on a very easy to moderate trail with several small rolling hills. The forest is fairly open and easy to see through; the trail well packed and possibly a bit icy in spots. Soon you will find yourself passing by Grass Pond to your left, slightly through the trees, a cross-road is found here, ignore this and stay straight. In a bit you will be at a short steep descent to a crossing of Loon Brook. Loon brook is not too big, but the crossing can be a bit tough during high water or warmer weather. This may be a good spot to turn around if you are a new skier, even though only about a mile in.
Past the crossing the trail follows the shore for a bit before climbing somewhat steeply to higher ground, this can be a tough descent for new skiers as well. The trail will continue to climb steadily through the Blue Ridge Wilderness. Some rolling hills will be intermixed but mostly you will be gaining slight elevation. Eventually the trail makes a very head left and starts a moderate ski to the shore of Wilson Pond and the lean-to sitting at this location. The lean-to makes for a great location to relax, think about your day, look upon the slopes of Blue Ridge across the pond, and enjoy a hot beverage.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
~300 feet of elevation gain to the pond
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Skiers: 3 to 4 hours
Beginner Skiers: Not recommended
From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake. Continue for 2.5 miles to the state trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Three: Certain sections can be very difficult and not recommended for anyone who is not a bit experienced in trail skiing.
Additional Important Information:
Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.