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 drop slightly and climb a bit to a small before being on a mostly flat trail. A slight climb part way in will bring you to a small downhill 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.
Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:
~400 feet of elevation loss to the lake
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 2 to 2.5 hours
Experienced Skiers: 1 to 2 hours
Beginner Skiers: 2 to 2.5 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 3.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One to Two: If the trail is used it is quite easy, however if the trail is not used and needs to be broken out, it could be tougher.
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.