How to get there
Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and follow Route 9 south toward Schroon Lake. Continue for 0.6 mile and turn onto Alder Meadow Road, follow that to East Shore Road and continue for 2.75 miles to the trailhead on the left.
The trail to Spectacle Pond is easy and it's perfect for an afternoon jaunt or a family outing.
A slight climb from the trailhead goes past Beaver Meadow Hill before descending to cross Shanty Brook, a pleasant backcountry stream. From here another slight climb leads to Spectacle Pond, where the trail continues along the south shore for better views. The mountainous terrain around the pond gives it a really interesting feel, with stellar vistas to boot.
Distance Round Trip
Most hikers can complete this trek in less than 3 hours.
Turtles and Blue Heron spend their days at the pond. What you see from the water is a mass of imposing cliffs. Make sure that you visit on a clear day. Size: 33 Acres.
Directions to Access Points: From Exit 28 off of Interstate 87, follow Route 9 south toward Schroon Lake. Continue for 0.6 miles to Alder Meadow Road. Follow Alder Meadow Road to East Shore Road and continue for 2.75 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Shoreline Fishing: There is plenty of shoreline fishing available. Paths lead partway around the pond to access other areas. The northern end of the pond is quite marshy and not good for shoreline fishing, but most of the other sides are good to go.
Boat Access: None
Insider Tips: There are great camping areas on this pond. Use them for an overnight and have fun catching bullhead.
Fish Species Types: Bullhead, brown trout
Special Regulations: Always follow New York state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.
There are backcountry camping areas around the pond.