Friday, September 7, 2018

Featured Hike: Cedar Lakes Trail, Indian Lake

Cedar Lakes Trail mapCedar Lakes Trail, extends 2.7 miles beyond the 1.6-mile start of the French Louie Trail making this a 4.3-mile one-way hike to Cedar Lakes in the West Canada Lakes Wilderness.

The Cedar Lake trail connects the French Louie Trail in the south and the Northville-Placid Trail in the north. It drops 80 feet in the first 0.75 mile, then climbs 305 feet in the next 1.9 miles and drops 60 feet in the last 0.6 mile to the intersection with the Northville-Placid Trail.


Cedar Lakes Lean-to #1 is located at the end of a 0.5-mile spur trail which leaves the Northville-Placid Trail 4.5 miles north of the intersection with the French Louie Trail.

Cedar Lakes Lean-to #2 is located on the west shore of the Cedar Lakes, 1.0 mile south of the intersection with the Cedar Lakes Trail.

Cedar Lakes Lean-to #3 and designated primitive tent site are located on the northern shore of the Cedar Lakes 0.2 mile south (west) of the intersection with the Cedar Lakes Trail.

Pillsbury Mountain:

At the trail head to reach Cedar Lake is the 3,597 ft Pillsbury Mountain. It is one of the highest peaks in the Southwest Adirondacks. The short but moderate 1.6-mile trail climbs 1,500 ft before reaching the fire tower at the summit. The cab is currently closed but panoramic vistas can be offered from climbing the tower steps.


This is a much less populated area of the Adirondacks due to the remoteness of the trailhead. Pillsbury Mountain Trailhead Parking is located at the end of the Old Military Road in the Perkins Clearing Easement Tract.


From the junction of NY 30 and NY 8 in Speculator, drive north on NY 30 to Perkins Clearing Road and make a sharp left turn (just after passing Mason Lake). Follow this dirt road for 3.3 miles to a junction marked by a signpost and turn right.

Go 1.8 miles to another junction (just after the Sled Harbor clearing on the left) and turn right again. Drive 1.2 miles to the end of the road. There is parking for 10-15 cars at the end of the road. Because this last road is a bit rough, some people park at Sled Harbor and walk from there. However, the road can be driven by most cars with caution.

Directions courtesy of CNY Hiking. Featured Hikes are recommended by DEC.

Map courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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