This trail is obscure and not marked, but can be followed without too much trouble. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience is highly recommended.
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
Estelle Pond is not officially named as such, but this beaver pond is on the flanks of Estelle Mountain. From the trailhead follow the forest road through the grassy field and when it makes a hard left and starts uphill toward Death Falls look for the path/old trail on the right. It will most likely not be broken out but should still be easy enough to locate. The old trail is believed to be an access road to the Great Camp Sagamore and used to transport supplies and patron the "backway" through the forest, to give them more of a wilderness feel, I bet it worked, image a sleigh ride through this area?
Once on the old trail it's pretty easy to follow aside from a couple small spots, but take your time and look ahead rather than right in front of you to stay on it. There are a couple downed trees to get over slowing the pace a bit. The trail climbs a bit over 300' to the shore of the obscure pond. This resembles an old beaver pond with dead snags dotting it.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: Not recommended
Experienced Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours
Inexperienced Snowshoers: Not recommended
In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road. There is no trailhead sign. Parking in winter is a bit tricky, but it should be regularly plowed out.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Three: Mainly due to lack of use and the need to break trail
Additional Important Information:
The old road continues through to Sagamore Lake and Great Camp Sagamore, if you wanted to spot a car on that end.