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.

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.

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. Cloud Splitter Outfitters in Newcomb has snowshoe rentals and guided treks. The Adirondack Interpretive Center has maintained trails suitable for beginners. The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves opens in the winter, with snowshoes, trekking poles, and a 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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Blue Ledges is a kid-friendly trail that leads to a spectacular view of the Hudson River.
Northwoods Club Road, Minerva
Hiking Blue Ledges extends 2.1 miles from the trailhead to the Blue Ledges on the northern rim of the Hudson Gorge.
View from mountain overlooking lake
State Route 9, Schroon Lake
This hike offers views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain for relatively little effort. It's a can't miss while in the area!
This is a great destination for hiking, paddling, fishing, and its also a winter trail.
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga
Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 
Round Pond is a quiet gem of a pond.
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah
Take a pleasant hike through Hammond Pond Wild Forest to reach Trout Pond. If you choose, continue on to Round Pond. How to get there The trailhead for Trout Pond and Round Pond is accessed via Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and...
Views from the summit and the fire tower.
Moose Pond Club Rd, Minerva
Complete with a fire tower and magnificent views, Vanderwhacker Mountain is a perfect option for hikers looking to explore the area!
Upper Works Road, Newcomb
Mount Adams is a serious climb but for those who tackle it, the views and the hike are very rewarding. The summit features at 47-foot steel fire tower, used in its heyday as a tool in the forest fire prevention effort by New York State.
View of the Dix Mountain Wilderness from the peak of Giant.
675 Elk Lake Rd, North Hudson
Hiking Dix is often climbed by itself, but in many cases is combined with the rest or parts of the Dix Range. The Dix Range also includes South Dix (Carson Peak,), East Dix (Grace Peak,) Hough Peak, and Macomb Mountain. Dix is the big boy of the range...
Round Pond is one of a lovely pond network in the North Hudson area.
Route 9, North Hudson
This hike is a magical one as it leads you to an attractive pond and through a beautiful forest!