Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:
The AIC is made up of four distinct trails all are recommended for snowshoeing.
This is the hardest of the trails and at 0.9 miles is not all that long but much be reached by first hiking the Rich Lake Trail. A scenic boardwalk and several viewing areas make this loop a wonderful visit at any time of year.
Rich Lake Trail
This trail leaves right from the center and an easy trail to snowshoe with a distance of only 0.6 miles. Combine this loop with the Peninsula Trail above and add a bit of distance
Sucker Brook Trail
This trail is considered to be a moderate trail but at only 1.0 miles it’s not bad. Boardwalks, bridges and viewing areas make this trail a great destination, even if it is the only one.
R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial Trail
This is the longest loop at a whopping 1.1 miles but can only be accessed by first using the Sucker Brook Trail above. This trail is considered easy but you could also hike over to the Camp Santanoni Trail if you wanted to add on a bit of distance.
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 depending on the trail chosen
Additional Important Information:
Snowshoes are available to rent when the center is open
Snowshoeing over a frozen body of water is a winter 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.