Your Adirondack Basecamp

Winter Fitness and Fun Combined

From December through February the fresh powdered snowshoe trails surrounding Schroon Lake offer the ideal winter playground for those looking to get up close with nature. Book your Schroon Lake accommodations, and enjoy a cozy B&B or inn to start your snowshoe journey. No experience required!

When your day of adventure is complete, warm up by the fire in your lodge, or in one of our fine restaurants right here in town.

Schroon Lake has an abundance of great snowshoe trails. From short, level, and flat, to challenging peaks with incredible winter wonderland views, there are plenty of trails to meet that longing for gorgeous winter scenery and that crisp, pine-scented air.

The Hoffman Notch Wilderness area is a great place to start. A popular trek for families and beginners is the Big Pond Trail, which is a manageable 3-mile Adirondack snowshoe hike lasting about two hours.

East of the lake, visitors can take an enchanting moonlight snowshoe trek in the 46,283 acres of Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, experiencing a serene perspective of the forest unlike any other. Crane Pond is an enjoyable choice too.

An Adirondack snowshoe vacation:

  • Requires minimal equipment
  • Is a fairly easy winter sport to learn
  • Excellent for families, couples, non-skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds
  • Snowshoe getaways can be as easy or challenging as you desire

Read about a fine excursion with Choosing the right cave. Secure the services of a local guide or outfitter who can steer you toward the best winter trails for your ability and has equipment to buy or rent.

Cloudsplitter Outfitters in Newcomb has snowshoe rentals and guided treks. The Adirondack Interpretive Center is open Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. with snowshoes included in admission. The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves opens in the winter, with snowshoes, trekking poles, and a map to help explore their own system of trails.

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles

36 Club House Drive, Schroon Lake, New York
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This scenic course is flanked by beautiful Schroon Lake and majestic Pharoah Mountain for extraordinary views. Explore the gentle slopes!
North Hudson, New York
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The views from the Dix Range are some of the best in the Northeast! With five different mountains, this traverse offers something rugged and adventurous for hikers. This range includes five of...
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb, New York
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Hiking Follow an old access road turned into an easy trail to a camping, picnic, and launch area at the pond. The hike is quite easy and all downhill to the pond. The wide trail is colorful in...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
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Hiking From the trailhead, you will follow a nice flat trail that passes by Putnam Pond to your right. The trail soon turns into a short, moderate climb before reaching a rather long...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
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The hard part about this trail is finding a good place to park. If the snow banks are pushed back it’s not too bad, but otherwise you may have to consider using the Bores River Trail to access...
675 Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson, New York
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Colvin was named after Verplank Colvin assistant the great surveyor of the Adirondack Park. Colvin is often climbed with Blake Peak – due to it being along the same ridge and located...
County Route 25, Newcomb, New York
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An ascent of Allen is a major undertaking since it is a nearly 20 mile roundtrip, nearly half of which is on unmarked trails. The views from Allen are quite good and the final climb is rather...
Route 25, Newcomb, New York
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Hiking Avalanche Pass is usually approached from the Adirondack Loj. But it can also be approached from the Upper Works, and when the two are combined make for an excellent through hike. Below both...
Elk Lake Road, Newcomb, New York
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Hiking Blake was named after Mills Blake, Verplank Colvin’s assistant during the great survey of the Adirondack Park. This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 43 on the classic 46er list, but...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
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Marshall’s tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not...
122 Hewitt Road, Minerva, New York
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Hiking Center Pond Trail leaves the Hewitt Pond Trail 3.1 miles south of the trailhead and extends 0.2 mile to the shore of Center Pond. The trail descends 100 feet to the pond in the last 0.1 mile...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
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Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. Hiking This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of...
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, New York
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Hiking A pleasant woods walk to the pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond shoreline. Trout Pond Trailhead: On Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and Moriah. Marked by a...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
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Hiking Stony Pond Trail is part of an intricate network of pond trails in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. The pond itself is 2.1 miles from the trailhead to the outlet of Stony Pond. There...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
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Peak Name Cliff Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead  Upper Works to Uphill Brook Herd Path Elevation 3960’ Round Trip Distance 17.6 miles, ~20.0 miles with Redfield Average...
Route 9, North Hudson, New York
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This hike is a magical one as it leads you to an attractive pond and through a beautiful forest! To get here, take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87, turn right and then turn left on Route 9 to...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
The parking for this is across the road in winter due to snow piles blocking the narrow roadside parking. Be careful crossing the road. The trail follows along the Boreas River as it meanders through...
675 Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson, New York
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Dix is often climbed by itself, but in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes Carson Peak (South Dix), Grace Peak (formally East Dix), Hough Peak...
Hoffman Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
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This is a great beginner snowshoe that's suitable for the whole family. From the trailhead you will begin and remain mostly on a level hiking surface. The start brings you through an attractive...
Northwoods Club Road, Minerva, New York
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This is a remarkable hike in a truly unique area! Getting There To get here from the intersection of Route 9 and Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake, follow Hoffman Road (CR24). Continue on CR24, which...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
This short and easy hike ends at a particularly scenic pond. On the northeastern side of the pond is a long finger created by a beaver dam and on the north end of the pond is an attractive wetland...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
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Redfield was named for Professor William C. Redfield: meteorologist, organizer of, and participant in, the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. If the going gets tough, remember Redfield did stuff...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Goodnow Mountain is one not to be missed by anyone who is in the area. Reached in just under two miles of generally easygoing hiking, the summit has a restored fire tower and a sweeping view...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
(518) 532-7675
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. For access: take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half mile, take a left...
Crane Pond Road, Severance, New York
(518) 532-7675
A long hike to the base of the mountain, a short climb, then 360 degrees of stunning views from the summit of the vast Pharaoh Lake Wilderness area. Hiking Pharaoh Mountain Trailhead: Crane Pond...

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