Winter Fitness and Fun Combined

From December through February the fresh powdered snowshoe trails throughout the Adirondack Hub offer the ideal winter playground for those looking to get up close with nature. Book your ideal accommodations, and enjoy a cozy B&B, inn, or motel to start your snowshoe journey. No experience required!

When your day of adventure is complete, warm up by the fire in your lodge, or in one of our fine restaurants right here in town.

With protected wilderness all around, the area has an abundance of great snowshoe trails. From short, level, and flat, to challenging peaks with incredible winter wonderland views, there are plenty of trails to meet that longing for gorgeous winter scenery and that crisp, pine-scented air.

The Hoffman Notch Wilderness area is a great place to start. A popular trek for families and beginners is the Big Pond Trail, which is a manageable 3-mile Adirondack snowshoe hike lasting about two hours.

East of the lake, visitors can take an enchanting moonlight snowshoe trek in the 46,283 acres of Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, experiencing a serene perspective of the forest unlike any other. Crane Pond is an enjoyable choice too.

An Adirondack snowshoe vacation:

  • Requires minimal equipment
  • Is a fairly easy winter sport to learn
  • Excellent for families, couples, non-skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds
  • Snowshoe getaways can be as easy or challenging as you desire

Read about a fine excursion with Choosing the Right Cave. Secure the services of a local guide or outfitter who can steer you toward the best winter trails for your ability and has equipment to buy or rent.

Cloudsplitter Outfitters in Newcomb has snowshoe rentals and guided treks. The Adirondack Interpretive Center is open Friday - Sunday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. with snowshoes included in admission. The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves opens in the winter, with snowshoes, trekking poles, and map to help explore their own system of trails.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.

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Ensign Pond Road, Moriah
A pleasant woods walk to Trout Pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond's shoreline. Trailhead: The Ensign Pond Road/Route 4 trailhead offers the easiest access. From the intersection of Route 9 and Route 4, go 6.2 miles northeast and look for...
Hoffman Rd, Schroon Lake
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...
Upper Works, Newcomb
Peak Name Cliff Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead Upper Works to Uphill Brook Herd Path Elevation 3960' Round Trip Distance 17.6 miles, ~20.0 miles with Redfield Average Round-trip Time 10 to 12 Hours, 12 to 14 hours with Redfield Winter...
Route 28N, Newcomb
The parking for this is across the road in winter due to snow piles blocking the narrow roadside parking. Be careful crossing the road. The trail follows along the Boreas River as it meanders through the forest. The ice creates wonderful figures and...
Route 28N, Newcomb
The hard part about this trail is finding a good place to park. If the snow banks are pushed back it's not too bad, but otherwise you may have to consider using the Bores River Trail to access Hewitt Eddy. The trail is short and seldom used, but if...
Route 28N, Minerva
How to get there 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 to Route 28N and take a left and head toward Minerva. Continue for just under 10-mile...
Route 28N, Newcomb
Marshall's tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not be lacking for photographic opportunities. Mt. Marshall is...
State Route 9, Schroon Lake
This 2.4 mile round trip hike offers views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain for relatively little effort. Most hikers can complete this route in an hour. The trail first passes under the Northway via two culverts and soon begins a steady, moderate...