This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But to snowshoe the entire loop, is not all that great and it would require a second car to do a traverse, one car would require the skier to walk 1.5 miles of North Point Road, not a fun walk in winter. Upper Sargent Pond is an outstanding stand-alone destination, especially for younger children who want to try a new sport.
From the trailhead you will drop slightly and climb a bit to a small hogback before being on a mostly flat trail. A slight climb part way in will bring you to a small descent to the intersection for Upper Sargent Pond. The spur trail is not easily seen, but it leads left for 0.2 miles to the shore.
~40 feet of elevation loss to the lake
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2.5 to 3 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 2 to 2.5 hours
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 2.5 to 3 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 3.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: This is an easy snowshoe for all ages, and an excellent place to start out in a new sport
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.