How to get there
From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N and take a left and head toward Minerva. Continue for just under 10-miles to the trailhead on the right, parking is on the left just prior to the trailhead.
From the parking area cross the road carefully and quickly, as the trailhead is located on a corner where traffic tends to move quickly. Once at the trailhead you will sign into the trail register and follow the trail behind the register, not the old road to the right. The trail is marked with blue disks. Along the trail you will sweep around a small knob on your right known as Crusher Hill, all the while, not changing much in elevation. Here is a slight descent at the end to reach the shore of Rankin Pond.
If you wish to continue to Little Rankin Pond be aware that there is no marked trail or designated route to reach the small back-county body of water. Map and compass and GPS knowledge is highly recommended. Not recommended for inexperienced hikers, or children.
Little Rankin Pond
To continue on to Little Rankin Pond, locate a herd path to your right from the end of Rankin Pond Trail. This fisherman herd path is very faint and blowdown does cover it in spots. This herd path will bring you to another small spot with a great view of the pond. The herd path from here starts to become much less apparent and eventually disappears, but keep the pond to your left and continue down the finger to a beaver dam crossing.
Once you cross the beaver dam you will need to make your way through a somewhat open forest and head NW keeping the slopes of Rankin Pond Mountain to your right. Remain in the valley. Little Rankin Pond is a quaint little pond that cannot be approached very well, but gives a nice backcountry secluded feel with birding potential.
Distance Round Trip
Approximate Time Round Trip
Family with Young Kids: 45 Minutes, Rankin Pond Only
Experienced Hiker: 30 Minutes, Ranking Pond Only; 1.5 to 2 hours for Both Ponds
Inexperienced Hiker: 45 minutes, Rankin Pond Only