Puffer Pond Cross Country Ski Trail

Puffer Pond Cross Country Ski Trail

Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of a potential loop, except the eastern portion of the loop that goes over the shoulder of Bullhead Mountain would only be skiable by someone who is very good on a set of sticks. From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and ski along the trail that follows the eastern shore of the pond. Soon the trail will leave the field and enter the woods with a slight climb to a higher trail, but still following the shore. A couple very distinct fisherman paths head off to the right, avoid these and stay on the marked trail. The marked trail will soon split and you will want to head left at this point as the other trail leads out toward Humphrey Mountain.

The trail remains mellow as you ski along Puffer Pond Brook and them come to Puffer Pond. There is a lean-to on the north side of the pond that makes for an excellent place to take a break and enjoy a nice hot cocoa.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~400 Feet of elevation gain to the pond

Distance Round Trip:

6.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 4 to 5 hours

Experienced Skiers: 3 to 4 hours

Beginner Skiers: 3.5 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Routes 28 and 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just under 0.5 miles to Big Brook Road. Follow here for 7.8 miles to King's Flow Parking Area. This is the trailhead for Chimney Mountain, Johns Pond and Puffer Pond. This is pay-to-use parking, very informal; pay the small fee at the small kiosk.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two: mainly due to distance and not terrain

Additional Important Information:

Puffer Pond Lean-to is an excellent place to relax, have a winter picnic, and brew up some nice hot cocoa for the entire family.

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.

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