Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:

From the trailhead you will start a ski that is mostly downhill toward Cheney Pond. You will come to the trail for Lester Flow on the right about 0.1 miles before the pond. There is a state gate located here as well. Continue past the gate on an easy trail, but don’t be surprised if you need to break trail as it gets very infrequent use. This is also considered a snowmobile trail, but it doesn’t get the heavy use many other ones do. You will have a slight climb to a height-of-land before you descend slowly to the Shore of the Boreas River at Lester Flow or the old site of the Lester Dam; rocks are all that remain of the old logging dam.    

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination: 

Loss of ~150’

Distance Round Trip:

5.2 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids:    4 to 5 hours

Experienced Skiers:    3 to 4 hours

Beginner Skiers:        4 to 5 hours

Trailhead Location: 

From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for 13.5 miles to the trailhead parking on the left at the DEC sign. It is not recommended to drive the access road to Cheney Pond. 

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Two to three: mainly due to distance and lack of use. 

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.