Friday, November 19, 2021

Explore Low Elevation Trails During Shoulder Season

moose pond trailIt’s that time of year where the weather shifts from sunshine to rain to snow every few days. During this transition season – often referred to as shoulder seasons – explore recreation in lower elevations where trails are drier and conditions are less severe. Check out these great low elevation Adirondack Day Hikes:

Clements Pond: A 1.5-mile trail ascends about 650 feet before dropping down to a scenic pond with nearby Clement Mountain rising 900 feet above it.

Moose Pond Trail: A 1.3-mile trail to the shore of Moose Pond. Whiteface Mountain, Moose Mountain, McKenzie Mountain and more can be seen from the shores of the pond. (Pictured above)

Lampson Falls Trail: An accessible trail extending 0.5 miles from the trailhead to a scenic overlook of one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Adirondacks with a vertical drop of approximately 100 feet.

Tirrell Pond Trail: A 3.3-mile trail that intersects with the Northville Placid Trail. The route offers views of Blue Mountain and Buck Mountain along the way and a lean-to and sandy beach at the end with views of Tirrell Mountain.

Pharaoh Lake Loop Trail: A 6-mile loop around the shoreline of Pharaoh Lake, accessed from the Pharaoh Lake Trail. The trail gently ascends and descends with changes in elevation less than 100 feet. Numerous other trails connect.

Independence River Area Trail Network: Explore the 5.3-mile Beach Mill Trail, the 1.1-mile Panther Pond Trail, or the 1.7-mile Fish Trail.

Know Before You Go:

  • Read the trail description thoroughly to be sure the experience fits your ability.
  • Check the weather before you head out on your hike.
  • Make sure you have the 10 hiking essentials packed.

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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.


4 Responses

  1. Stephen Rose says:

    Good information, but it would help if trailhead locations were stated.