This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a very flat course and quickly come to Grass Pond which can be seen just slightly off the trail. The shore cannot easily be reached during most seasons, but in the winter it's much easier to access. As you snowshoe past the pond you remain on a mostly flat grade before slight descent brings you to a major intersection. Straight will bring you around the loop to Upper Sargent Pond; right brings you to Lower Sargent Pond. Then a left will bring you over to the lean-to location on this heart shaped pond, where you can have a nice place to relax with a hot cup of soup or piping beverage.
~50 feet of elevation loss to the lake
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours, trail could be too much for young children if not broken out, please see Lower Sargent Pond
Experienced Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 3 to 4 hours
You can find these two trailheads off the Forked Lake Road in Long Lake. Start at the three corners in Long Lake drive south toward Blue Mountain Lake on Route 28N/30. North Point Road will be on the right, in 3.0 miles – drive down North Point Road. There will be a fork in the road a few miles in; right leads to Forked Lake Campsite, left to the trailheads. Continue 4.6 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
Two: Mainly due to distance and lack of winter use
Additional Important Information:
Hiking over a frozen body of water 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.