This is a great beginner snowshoe that's suitable for the whole family. From the trailhead you will begin and remain mostly on a level hiking surface.

The start brings you through an attractive forest of large growth trees. The trail is slightly narrow in spots, especially with heavy snow weighing down the branches. Soon you will come to a long narrow pond, where the path drops slightly to a bridge crossing. This narrow pond does not have a name but, it could be considered South Big Pond, as they are connected by a tributary.

The trail climbs slightly and heads over a couple of small rolling hills. Big Pond is slightly off the main trail, but it can easily be seen through the trees to the left. A path will lead the 100-feet downhill to the shore, where there are outstanding vistas awaiting you.  The trail continues on for quite some distance and eventually hooks up with the Hoffman Notch Trail.

Trailhead: From the intersection of Hoffman Road (county Route 24) and Route 9, follow Hoffman Road. Continue for 2.5 miles or so to the trailhead parking on the right. The trailhead has parking for several cars. The trail is on the left of the parking lot.  

Elevation: 1,281 feet

Ascent: 75 feet

Distance: 1.5 miles to the pond