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.

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This is Mount Redfield from a distance.
Upper Works, Newcomb
Hiking Redfield was named for Professor William C. Redfield: meteorologist, organizer of, and participant in, the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. If the going gets tough, remember Redfield did stuff like this in 1837. While wearing a wool wardrobe.
The Allen Mountain hike starts out scenic and keeps building.
County Route 25, Newcomb
Hiking An ascent of Allen is a major undertaking since it is a nearly 20 mile roundtrip, nearly half of which is on unmarked trails. The views from Allen are quite good and the final climb is rather enjoyable with outstanding views that progress as...
Sweeping view of nearby mountains from the summit of Mount Colvin.
675 Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson
Colvin was named after Verplank Colvin assistant the great surveyor of the Adirondack Park. Colvin is often climbed with Blake Peak - due to it being along the same ridge and located conveniently behind Colvin. Hiking Colvin has two distinctive...
Start from the trailhead at Elk Lake.
Elk Lake Road, Newcomb
Hiking Blake was named after Mills Blake, Verplank Colvin's assistant during the great survey of the Adirondack Park. This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 43 on the classic 46er list, but sadly has fallen to 45th as new surveying methods discovered...
Hiking is a great group activity.
Route 28N, Newcomb
Hiking Goodnow Mountain is one not to be missed by anyone who is in the area. Reached in just under two miles of generally easy going, the summit has a restored fire tower and a sweeping view that includes 23 of the High Peaks. The trail is in the...
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...
Upper Works, Newcomb
Peak Name Gray Peak Most Popular Winter Trailhead Upper Works to Four-Corners or over Mount Marcy Elevation 4840' Round Trip Distance 18.5 miles over Marcy, 19.2 miles from Upper Works Average Round-trip Time 10 to 12 Hours over Mount Marcy, 11 to 13...