Note: Cotters Pond lies off of any developed and mapped trail system, so the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. While bushwhacking you will experience hazards not found on a maintained trail. Expect more difficult and varying conditions, and always prioritize safety.
This hike starts along the Long Swing Trail, which leads back to Crane Pond. This popular trail goes right by a backcountry pond that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Follow the trail as it heads straight into the wilderness, where it soon crosses a small footbridge. You will hike gently over small rolling hills and cross an attractive stream, which is the outlet of the pond. Once at this stream, just follow its course upstream to Cotters Pond. The terrain is very open and welcoming, and the stream creates a nice handrail to use for navigation.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9 in Schroon Lake, follow Route 74 toward Ticonderoga. Continue for 4 miles to the trailhead on the right.
Elevation gain: 125 feet
Distance: It's 0.9 mile to the pond