Friday, March 22, 2019

Featured Trails: Black Bear Mountain Ski Trails, Inlet

black bear mountain trailsBlack Bear Mountain Ski trails are in the part of the Moose River Plains Complex which lies West of Route 28, between Fourth and Eighth Lakes in the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

Black Bear Mountain Lower Ski Trail extends 3 miles from private land along State Route 28 to the Bug Lake Trail. The trail follows for 0.4 miles along an easement over private land and continues easterly for 2.6 miles. Wet areas make portions of the trail unsuitable for use during non-winter seasons.

A 5.8-mile loop using both trails is possible but it requires skiing the 0.6 miles between the two trailheads on a busy snowmobile trail along State Route 28 or walking on the shoulder of State Route 28.

Bug Lake Trail extends 3.2 miles from Uncas Road to Eighth Lake Campground. The trail connects with the Black Bear Mountain Uncas Trail at mile 0.9, the Mike Norris Trail at 2.0 miles, and the Seventh Lake Trail at 2.5 miles. The trail passes Bug Lake and Eagles Nest Lake, between intersections with the Mike Norris Trail and the Seventh Lake Trail.

Mike Norris Trail extends 2.5 miles between the Bug Lake Trail and the Brown Tract Canoe Carry Trail. A 0.75-mile spur trail, which leaves the trail 0.8 miles from the intersection with the canoe carry, provides access to a lean-to on the western shore of Eighth Lake. Another lean-to on the shore of the lake is located near the intersection of this trail and the canoe carry.

Black Bear Mountain Trailhead Parking is located off State Route 28 (43.7645°N, 74.7938°W)

Featured trails are recommended by DEC.

Map of Black Bear Mountain Trails courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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