Thursday, August 19, 2021

Recreation Highlight: Hiking the Cranberry Lake 50

cranberry lake 50 patchHike Smart NY on the Cranberry 50 Trail. The Cranberry Lake 50 Trail provides a challenging 50-mile loop around Cranberry Lake in the town of Clifton, St. Lawrence County. The diverse terrain encountered throughout this long trail hike makes it very rewarding to complete, but it is important not to underestimate the difficulty of this experience. DEC wants you to enjoy your time outdoors and stay safe doing it, so consider the following advice before taking on this challenge.

  • Plan ahead – learn more about the Cranberry Lake 50 trail and how to prepare for your hike.
  • This is not a single day experience. Be prepared for a minimum of three to four days on trail and primitive camping along the way.
  • Be realistic about your fitness and skill levels. Practice hiking on shorter trails and camping at front country locations before you dive in.
  • Do not overestimate your abilities or underestimate mother nature. Allow for more time than you think you will need, and turn back if the weather gets bad.
  • There is no official loop direction, though most hikers move clockwise around the lake. Decide on your route ahead of time, and leave your specific plans with a trusted friend or family member before you go.
  • Be respectful – the trail crosses both private and state lands. Stick to the trail and designated primitive sites.
  • Unfortunately, the special blue “Cranberry Lake 50” trail markers are often stolen as souvenirs, which makes it very difficult for those that rely on the markers for wayfinding. Leave all markers where you find them.
  • Know what to do if you get lost.

To learn more about preparing for your hike, sharing our trails, and helping care for our State lands along the way, check out DEC’s Love Our NY Lands webpage.

Click here for an Adirondack Explorer article about hiking the Cranberry Lake 50.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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