Hiking

Follow an old access road turned into an easy trail to a camping, picnic, and launch area at the pond. The hike is quite easy and all downhill to the pond. The wide trail is colorful in wildflower seasons.

Trailhead

From Exit 29 on I-87, take Route 28 west for 13.5 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left. The trail to Cheney Pond is too rough for a vehicle. The areas that have collapsed over culverts make it only available to foot traffic.

Elevation loss

150 feet

Distance round trip

1.1 miles

Fishing

Trout can be easily fished from shore and the bullheads tend to bite all day.

Shoreline fishing

It is a half mile walk along trail, an easy downhill walk. There is a shallow bay on the north side of the pond which is a nice location for panfish and floating a bobber for brookies.

Boat access

Hand launch only. The half mile carry could be a tough one without a lightweight craft. While fishing from a boat is the best option, it is not the only option. Fish the shore of the small island near the rocky areas and in the grasses for the best bass fishing.

Fish species types

Brook trout, bullhead, panfish, brown trout, smallmouth bass

Paddling

This lovely little pond is part of the Lester Flow. While a pretty destination in its own right, it is also the headwaters of the Boreas River, which can be carried to for a day trip.

Snowshoeing

From the trailhead, locate the old dirt road to the back of the parking lot and start an easy descent. The entire route is along the road, which is not maintained in the winter, but might get a small amount of snowmobile traffic. You will pass by the Lester Flow Trail on your right, just shy of the pond, and then come to the shore of the pond in 0.6 miles.

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.

Additional important information:

There is a nice campsite here on the pond, which if you wanted to try out winter camping, would be a great place to start.  

Snowshoeing over a frozen body of water is a winter pasttime; 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. 

Cross-Country Skiing

Winter Overview and trail conditions:

From the trailhead you will start a ski that is mostly downhill. You will pass by the Lester Flow Trail near the bottom of the hill, the pond is straight ahead.

Additional important information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing pasttime; 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.

Camping

There is a large camping area on the pond.

A great choice to try winter camping. Remote, yet only a little over a mile round trip to the car parked at the trailhead.

Cheney Pond is a scenic pond that feels remote, but is an easy hike.

As seen here, Cheney Pond is only the first stop in a lovely network of trails.

A small hand launch will let you explore the pond's interesting shoreline.

It's all downhill to the pond, on a slight incline. Great beginner's shoe!

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