Snowshoeing

Snowshoe the Adirondacks

Plentiful trails and paths for your winter adventure

Snowshoeing opportunities await

The Adirondacks is seemingly in a New Yorks State snow-belt; can't find snow, come here!  As a region we thrive on snow, love snow, welcome snow and we're not afraid to admit it. Snowshoeing is a very popular past-time and a great way to extend your hiking season to an all-year activity. Did you know a Raquette is a snowshoe? That's right, we have a lake, village, and river named after one of the most popular Adirondack sports.

This winter, strap on some snowshoes and head to the Adirondacks to enjoy our mountains and forests like never before. Snowshoeing is one of the easiest winter sports to master, and works all different kinds of muscles, helping you stay in prime condition all-year round. Here, we have snowshoe trails to fit all user types, of all abilities, and fitness levels.

Beginner Trails

Offering many, many miles of beginner trails that loop around through the preserve, along river bends, that circumnavigate lakes and ponds, even those that are groomed for easy access and use. These trails would be perfect to designate for family outings as well. Head back to Rock Lake near the Town of Indian Lake and look out over a pristine area with Blue Mountain in the background. You can visit Watch Hill for an outstanding overlook near Snowy Mountain. Maybe you wish to stay on the rolling hills, follow a lightly used trail back to Callahan Brook. Maybe you find these trails to be a bit easier than expected and you want a bit more of a challenge? Step it up a bit and try some of our intermediate trails.

Intermediate Trails

With our intermediate trails you have a bit more of a challenge ahead of you and many more options for some outstanding views from our mountain tops. Intermediate trails might not be for everyone and young children may find them too difficult, so choose wisely. With slightly steeper terrain and longer distances you are opening up yourself to some outstanding backcountry adventures. For example, you can climb to the summit of Chimney Mountain and explore the summit crown for some of the coolest caves around, or snowshoe back West Mountain and climb high above Raquette Lake. Keep in mind if you want real winter snowshoe challenges you could step foot on to our advanced trails.

Advanced Trails

Advanced might not be the perfect word for our more rugged backcountry trails, maybe you can come up with a better word. These trails are not always on the longer side but sometimes on the steeper and more aggressive. These trails are much better for those attuned to those conditions and longer days. Not typically recommended for out of shape hikers or young children, but something that can be worked up to for future outings. Snowy Mountain, Blue Mountain, and Owl's Head Mountain are three of the taller mountains in the region and require a bit more effort to accomplish. Longer hikes like the Northville/Placid Trail will access you into the backcountry and even bring you from town to town.

Find the right Snowshoe gear

We don't want you to go without the appropriate gear to do the job. If you need something like snowshoes, trekking poles, winter jacket, hat, gloves, hand warmers, and/or a good pair of warm boots – oh and don't forget your map and guide book, we have outdoor gear shops with all the stuff you need and rentals too. Our New York State Guides can also help you get started by offering snowshoe trips into the region based on all types of skill levels, from a half day to a multi-day outing.

Hiking The trail around Moss Lake traverses and also provides an easy hike. There's also the option of taking the spur trail to...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers, and anglers. Hiking The cool mist of...
Hiking From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the Kings Flow East Trail – this is not marked. Trailhead From the...
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a...
Hiking OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened,...
Hiking This historic hike into Cedar Lakes is known as the French Louie Trail, which honors the famous "French Louie", guide and...
Cedar River Road
Arietta
‎12139
Wakely Mountain is located in one of the more remote sections of the central Adirondacks. The hike consists of two sections. The...
Hiking The trailhead to the north section is on the northeast side of the Tarbell Hill Road, approximately 0.6 mile from Route 28N...
Tarbell Hill Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking Located right on the border of Hamilton and Franklin Counties, Coney is an outstanding bang-for-your-buck mountain. With its...
Hiking It's an easy half-mile climb to Rocky Mountain's summit. The sunset and sunrise views from here can be spectacular. It's no...
Hiking From the trail register continue up the road for about 100-feet to the trail on the right. You will immediately cross a...
Beaver Brook Bog is a birding area located off Uncas Road, near the village of Raquette Lake. The trail is on the right when...
Uncas Road
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking This is a popular destination in the summer, with access to other trails with scenic overlooks, and a spur trail for easy...
Route 421
Long Lake
12847
Hiking Snowy is one of the more demanding hikes in Hamilton County and is also one of the 100 highest highest peaks in the...
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
This moderately difficult trail follows a ridge overlooking the beautiful Fourth Lake. Please note that this route is not as well-...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
Hiking This is a great hike to a very interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and...
Big Brook Road
Indian Lake
12842
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Hiking Moss Lake is a wonderful spot and a short carry for a canoe from the parking area. The trailhead is large and doubles as a...
Hiking Sawyer is one of the more popular hikes in the Indian Lake Region, mainly due to its excellent payoff for little effort....
Lake Lila is located in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. It is a remote, motor-less lake with 24 first-...
Hiking Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of this loop. Aside from a bit of elevation change on one end, the...
State Route 4
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking Kane Mountain can be climbed as a loop or as an out-and-back hike. The 60-foot tall Kane Mountain fire tower is located on...
Hiking Located off of Uncas Road, this is a short but perfect hike to a safe, floating walkway and observation post. There is only...
448 Uncas Rd
Inlet
13360
Hiking This is one of the most popular destinations in the Blue Mountain Lake Region, and rightfully so, it's got an amazing view....
Maple Lodge Road
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch...
Route 8
Wells
12190
Owl's Head Mountain stats Distance: 3.1 miles to the summit Elevation gain: 1,114 feet Elevation: 2,182 feet Owl's Head is one of...
Endion Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking Easy hike for kids with scenery. Snowshoeing You will notice this gets very little winter use from snowshoers, however, it's...
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure it offers good views from its partially open summit...
Hiking Don't be afraid of the name. This short hike is an excellent destination hike for the entire family. How to get there From...
Chain Lakes Road South allows access to a network of dirt roads and trails in parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake...
Chain Lakes Road South
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will drop slightly...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking In the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Cathedral Pines is a short .1 mile hike that loops through a stand of magnificent of...
State Route 28
Inlet
13360
Hiking The Pathway is a 1-1/2 mile long boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional...
Hiking Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential. It is located along...
Hiking and Nature Walk This short and easy trail offers a short jaunt for a nature hike, birding, and a perfect Adirondack paddle...
Hiking Auger Falls Trail extends 0.4 mile from the Augur Falls trailhead to the banks of the Sacandaga River and Augur Falls,...
Hiking The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. The trail is...
Big Brook Road
Speculator
12164
Hiking Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most popular in the Hamilton County...
Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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Waterfront Park
Northville
12134
Hiking This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake; it has now been turned into a wonderful trail that...
Route 30
Long Lake
12847
Hiking Sargent Ponds are located in the approximately 45,000 acre Sargent Ponds Wild Forest and are open to all kind of outdoor...
Hiking The Rock River Trail is a 3-mile trail through a pristine forest that ends at a very scenic area on Rock River. Rolling...
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Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 for a mile to Big Brook Road...
195 Lakeview Dr
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking The trail is 2 miles to the summit, where there is a tower that provides a fine view. This hike is upper-intermediate and...
Hiking Lake Eaton is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. Lake Eaton State Campground is located on the northeast shore...
Endion Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking This is the hike along the Kunjamuk River. This trail can be started from either end, but a car spot to make it a through ...
Hiking Trout Brook is not named as such on any map, but a historical marker refers to it as such as you cross over it on North...
Hiking The Old Dam Nature Trail loop, located near Limekiln Lake campsite #98 on the back side of the leach field, is an easy 1.3...
Hiking This is an easy Adirondack trail system which totals 13.5 miles. These two wilderness areas are flatter than much of the...
Hiking Wilson Pond is one of those hidden ponds that so many would consider a back-country gem. With a well-placed lean-to on its...
Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
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Loomis Road
Inlet
13360
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Hiking With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types...
Hunt Club Road
Inlet
13360
Cycling Enjoy backcountry mountain biking with Long Pond Trail in the Whitehill Wild Forest. This trail is 3.4 miles long,...
Goldmine Road
seasonal access road off Joe Indian Road
Parishville
13676
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Hiking An 8.8 mile hike, easy to moderate. Most of this walk is on a level dirt road which leads to a large grassy clearing on the...
Hiking Tirrell Pond Trail extends 3.0 miles to the Northville Placid Trail turns right and traverses another 0.3 mile to the shore...
3464 State Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
Hiking The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly...
This is a very mysterious cave that keeps everyone wondering if it was man-made or not. Check it out and decide for yourself. The...
Speculator
12164
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just...
Indian Lake
12842
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Indian Lake
12842
This interesting loop around Sagamore Lake starts and ends at the Great Camp Sagamore. Many of the trails around the great camp are...
Raquette Lake
13436
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack ponds. This is an...
Pillsbury Mountain is one of those peaks that is in the middle of nowhere, at least so it seems when you are driving there. A maze...
Off South Shore Road in Lake Pleasant, a trail leads to an old cemetery containing the grave of Colonel Loring Peck, Hamilton...
Speculator
12164
8.0 mile hike one way, easy Adirondack hike. This trail follows an old lumber company road, which continues all the way to...
Indian Lake
12842
Winter Overview: The winter parking here is snowplowed for 12 cars and offers a great place for cross-country skiing and...
Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Easy 3 mile hike. This is a mostly level walk on an old woods road, marked as a snowmobile trail, to a clearing where you leave the...
Arietta
‎12139
Winter Overview: Winter access here is great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is plowed, and the trail...
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360
4-mile route, easy. This is a pleasant walk along the outlet stream of a natural deep-water lake.
Arietta
‎12139
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail...
Winter Overview: Winter access is great here for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The parking area is regularly plowed and the...
Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay
13331
Hiking This relatively easy walk passes through several fields, a wetland/marsh area and mixed hardwoods, ending beneath stands of...
Route 30
Wells
12190
This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack wilderness area ending at a lean to, the perfect place to rest on the shore of...
Indian Lake
12842
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