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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 three 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 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.

Rt 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Goodnow is a very prominent peak from Route 28N and whose tower raises high above the trees. This ragged looking mountain is home to one of the few fire towers remaining the Adirondack Park.  ...
Putts Pond Road, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead it is a very enjoyable half mile to the Shore of Gull Pond. From the trailhead you will notice only a slight elevation gain which continues...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
This trail is a wonderful snowshoe destination, mainly because it freezes up the wet beginning of the trail as you pass by Huntley Pond. You won’t have to worry about any major icy conditions...
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...
Valley Woods Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead you will snowshoe along an old forest road which is a nice easy start to the day. You will arrive at the top of Thomas Mountain after 1.4...
Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
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 sadly has...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Peak Name Mount Redfield Most Popular Winter Trailhead  Upper Works to Uphill Brook Herd Path Elevation 4606’ Round Trip Distance 18.0 miles, ~20.0 miles with Cliff Average Round-...
Route 28N, Minerva, New York
(518) 532-7675
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...
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
36 Club House Drive, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
This scenic course is flanked by beautiful Schroon Lake and majestic Pharoah Mountain for extraordinary views. Explore the gentle slopes!
Route 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
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...
Crane Pond Road, Severance, New York
(518) 532-7675
Network of trail that connect 22 ponds with 14 lean-tos. Spectacular mountain views and hemlock forests. Best introduction to the area is an 8 mile round trip to Pharoah Lake, from the south, on an...
Boreas Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
From the trailhead locate the old dirt road to the back of the parking lot and start an easy descent. The entire route is along the road, which is not maintained in the winter, but might get a small...
Route 9, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
Also known as Mount Severance because it's a great bunch of views for relatively low effort. This 2.4 mile round trip hike offers views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain for relatively little...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Hiking Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of...
Route 73, Keene, New York
(518) 523-2445
Hiking Hough can be climbed by itself but rarely is, in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak), East Dix (Grace Peak) Dix...
Rt. 28N, Newcomb, New York
(518) 359-3328
Hiking Goodnow Mountain is one not to be missed by anyone who is in the area. Reached in just under two miles of generally easy going, the summit has a restored fire tower and a sweeping view...
Elk Lake Road, North Hudson, New York
(518) 532-7675
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
(518) 532-7675
Hiking 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...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
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...
Hoffman Rd, Schroon Lake, New York
(518) 532-7675
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...
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, New York
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road...
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, New York
(518) 585-6619
A pleasant woods walk to Trout Pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond's shoreline. Trailhead: The Ensign Pond Road/Route 4 trailhead offers the easiest access. From the intersection of...
Upper Works, Newcomb, New York
(518) 532-7675
Peak Name Panther Peak  Most Popular Winter Trailhead  Times Square Herd Path from Upper Works Elevation 4442’ Round Trip Distance 11.0 miles Average Round-trip Time 7 to 8...

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