From the parking area which should be plowed out regularly, you will need to cross the road to access the trail. The trail is behind the trail register and follows the road for a short bit before turning right and following the base of Crusher Hill. The trail doesn’t get a ton of use or attention, but it’s easy enough to follow. There is a slight downhill at the end just before you reach the shore. The shoulder of Rankin Pond Mountain rests at the far end of the pond.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 1 to 1.5 hours
Experienced Snowshoers: 1 hour
Inexperienced Snowshoers: 1 hour
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.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: This is a flat snowshoe with very little elevation change.
Additional Important Information:
Snowshoeing over a frozen body of water is an Adirondack 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.