The AIC features 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on its 236-acre property, along the shoreline of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. Trailheads are located at the building.
R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial Trail: This 1.1-mile loop starts from the Sucker Brook Trail after it crosses the Rich LakeOutlet. Enjoy an easy, mostly flat, ski along the shoreline of Belden Lake through a mixed forest of coniferous and deciduous trees. Make sure to stop at the two overlooks along the lake for a photo opportunity, wildlife viewing or a serene break away from society. The loop ends at the Little Sucker Brook bridge on the Sucker Brook Trail. Extend your ski trip by heading over to the Great Camp Santanoni Trail. (YELLOW markers)
Rich Lake Trail: This 0.6-mile trail is a terrific warm-up with great views of Rich Lake and Goodnow Mountain. This short trek gives you a glimpse of what the other trails have to offer. (RED markers) Easy access.
Peninsula Trail: They do not recommend or allow skiing on this trail
Sucker Brook Trail: This 1.0-mile trail is considered to be a moderate trail but is a rather steep drop right from the parking lot. Once down off the hill the ski is actually very nice and you can connect up to the Sage Trail part way through. This trail leaves the building to the north and runs along the outlet to Rich Lake. You will be walking parallel to the same route the logs took during the Hudson River log-driving days. This is a wonderful trail to see wildlife. (BLUE markers)
Follow I87 north from the Schroon Lake Exit and get off Ext 29. From Exit 29 head west along Blue Ridge Road toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N in Newcomb and head right into the village. Pass through the entire village and locate the entrance for the SUNY ESF AIC on the right.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One to two: Depends entirely on the loop chose and the direction of travel
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.