Friday, December 7, 2018

Featured Trail: Peavine Swamp Ski Trail, Cranberry Lake

Peavine Swamp Ski TrailPeavine Swamp Ski Trail is an 8.5-mile ski trail located in the Western parcel of the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest.

This trail begins on the south side of Route 3 east of Peavine Swamp. It presently contains three loops. The last half of the trail passes through lands that have never been significantly harvested. Large specimens of hardwoods, red spruce, and eastern hemlock are common.

The Cranberry Lake Wild Forest is a 24,111-acre forest that consists of three separate parcels to the west, northwest, and east of Cranberry Lake. It contains 15 miles of foot trails, 9.4 miles of snowmobile trails, 8.5 miles of ski trails, and two Adirondack lean-tos. Generally, the trails in this forest are more easily traversed than those in the wilderness to the south.

Featured trails are recommended by DEC.

Map of Peavine Swamp Ski Trail courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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7 Responses

  1. Smitty says:

    The north loop has a couple of steep sections that exceed my ability. It’s easier to start at the Ranger School in Wanakena although you have to park some distance away at their student lot.

    The map shows 2 lean tos on the third loop. Is there a new lean to or is that just a map error?

  2. Mark says:

    Is the lean to at Burntbridge Pond in Cranberry Lake WF? A few years back I rode my mountain bike to it and camped overnight. The next morning was extremely foggy and I sat up in my sleeping bag drinking coffee. You couldn’t see the pond. and I suddenly heard a loon alerting frantically. The next thing I know I hear a splash, and in a few seconds a huge bald eagle comes flying out of the mist with something in its talons. I didn’t see what it had caught (hopefully not a baby loon), but it was one of the most memorable outdoor experiences I’ve had in the Adirondacks.

    • Bill Ott says:

      Mark, I clicked on the map link above and found the Burntbridge Pond leanto within the CLWF, so that makes for 3 leantos within the forest. There is also a fourth ADK type shelter, but I can’t recall its exact location now. Your loon story made my morning – thankyou.

  3. Patrick says:

    Maybe it is the Alumni lean-to at the Ranger school? That’s on private property though not the CLWF.

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