Mud Pond Mountain gets little use. It's a real hidden gem! While this area is off limits some of the year, it is open for public recreation from August 23 to June 23 when the Boy Scout camp is not in session.
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.
By the numbers
- Distance: 6 miles, round trip
From the parking area return to the road and take a left onto the access road and walk this for about 0.3 miles to a split in the road and three gates. Take a left and follow this forest road to access the Boy Scout Trail up the mountain. The trail up the mountain will be on your left on the west side of McRorie Lake.
The trail is slightly obscure and not used all that much, but easy enough to follow with some care.
The road approach is very easy and you will pass by two canoe carry trails to Mud Pond and one to McRorie Lake. The trail is steep, as is the entire mountain on this aspect. The views toward the High Peaks and over McRoarie Lake are some of the finest in the region.
The actual summit of the mountain is wooded but the trail does continue over the true top and all the way to the wooded summit of Grampus Lake Mountain and beyond, if you are interested in extending your day.
The public is allowed to use the easement, lakes, and trails between August 23rd and June 23rd. The lands are privately owned by the Boy Scouts of America. There is no public use of the adjacent Base Camp Area at any time