This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But as a ski the loop is not a perfect destination. However as two separate ski trips, the ponds are nice on their own. If you want to do a traverse a second car would need to be parked at the Grass Pond Trailhead, one car would require the skier to walk 1.5 miles of North Point Road, not a fun walk in winter.
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. Skiing past the pond you remain on a mostly flat grade before slight descending to a major intersection. Straight will bring you around the loop to Upper Sargent Pond, left brings you to Lower Sargent Pond. Then a left will bring you over to the lean-to location where you can have a nice place to relax with a hot cup of soup or piping beverage.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
~50 feet of elevation loss to the lake
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours
Experienced Skiers: 2 to 3 hours
Beginner Skiers: 3 to 3.5 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: Due to distance and conditions. If the trail is used it can be quite easy, however if the trail is not used and needs to be broken out, it will be a much harder round-trip.
Additional Important Information:
This is also a snowmobile trail, while not frequently used there can be snowmobile traffic on it.
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.