You will notice this gets very little winter use from skiers and snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman out on the horizon. From the parking area you will start skiing on an easy but slightly narrow trail. On occasion the current of Johnny Mack Brook will be rapid enough to cause the ice not to freeze, so you will have an opportunity to hear the babble. You quickly will come to a crossing with a snowmobile trail, just shy of the pond. Continue straight across the snowmobile trail and locate a narrow path, possibly obstructed by heavy snow on the trees, this leads out to the pond. If you take a right onto the snowmobile trail and cross a wood bridge you will also have other opportunities to approach the pond. The snowmobile trail is used quite heavily and goes on for a very long time and eventually comes out into Indian Lake.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
~80 feet of elevation loss to the pond
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours
Experienced Skiers: 1 to 2 hours
Beginner Skiers: 1.5 to 2 hours
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 for 6.0 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: This is a short easy ski with little elevation change
Additional Important Information:
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.