Camping is prohibited within 150 feet of any road,
trail, spring, stream, pond or other body of water except at camping
areas designated by the DEC". For full details of camping
regulations in our wilderness (click here).
The reg's are suggested reading before going out into the
wilderness. Please practice "leave no trace".
Tent Sites -
Pond, 3 non-designated
Lake, 2 non-designated
River, 5 non-designated
Durant, 3 non-designated
Durant, 2 designated [Old Route 30] - car top launching
Northville-Lake Placid Trail; Salmon River, 1 non-designated
Northville-Lake Placid Trail; Sandy Creek, 1 non-designated
Northville-Lake Placid Trail; Shaw Brook, 1 non-designated
Northville-Lake Placid Trail; Tracy Shanty Clearing, 1
Placid Trail; Old Stage Road, 1 non-designated
Northville-Lake Placid Trail; North of Route 28/30, 1
Lake, 2 non-designated
Rock Lake, 5
River, 1 non-designated
Pond, 6 non-designated with fireplace and lean-u, and two
Unknown Pond, 1
- Leantu - 1 at O'Neil Flow (south end of Tirrell Pond);
1 at Tirrel
Pond (north end)
- Privies - 2 Ball Diamond, 1 at Lake Durant, 2 at Tirrell
- Fireplaces - O'Neil Leanto, Tirrell Pond Leantu, and Benson
Road/Cedar River area
respect the Clinton's Clubrush (Scirpus
clintonii) that last observed in 1952, as potentially within the area.
IAATAP maintains a full directory of
Camping. To explore nearby camping areas,
DEC regulation requires that groups of ten or more
persons camping on state land obtain a permit from a
forest ranger. DEC policy prohibits issuing group
camping permits to groups wanting to camp on forest
preserve lands in the Adirondacks that are
classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe area.
This policy was developed to protect natural
resources, the primeval character of the area and
exceptional wilderness experiences for all
recreationists, and follows Leave No Trace
practices. Except for the eastern High Peaks
Wilderness, Pharaoh Lake Wilderness and the William
C. Whitney Wilderness, where the group size is 8,
camping groups in wilderness, primitive and canoe
area lands are limited to 9 people or less.
Adirondacks is rich in bird life. Visit our
Directory when you have time. Birds associated with marshes, ponds, lakes, and
streams are numerous including the common loon, pied billed grebe,
great blue heron, green-backed heron, American bittern, and a
variety of waterfowl. The most common ducks include the mallard,
American black duck, wood duck, hooded merganser, and common
merganser. Birds of prey common to the area include the barred owl,
great horned owl, eastern screech-owl, northern goshawk, red-tailed
hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, and broad-winged hawk. A variety of
song birds such as woodpeckers, flycatchers, wrens, thrushes,
vireos, warblers, blackbirds, finches, grosbeaks, and sparrows can
be found among the various habitats present in the area. The
NYS Breeding Bird Atlas have identified 83 species as confirmed
breeders in this area. By the NY State's Unit Management
Plan, the following species are under study, we have summarized
their findings. Pictures and links provided by Wikipedia.
The endangered birds in the Blue Mountain Wild Forest area:
Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
The bald eagle is currently listed as a threatened
species by the federal government and New York. Buckhorn Mountain is
believed to have been a center of eagle activity prior to 1970,
although no nest sites had been confirmed. Bald eagles are sensitive
to human disturbance; so if you are fortunate to see one, please "Do
Efforts to reestablish the bald eagle through "hacking" program began
in 1981 and 1983.
The Red-shouldered Hawk is listed as
species of special concern and believed to exist in the Siamese Pond
Wilderness. Red-shouldered hawks breed in moist hardwood, forested
wetlands, bottomlands and the wooded margins of wetlands, and
sometimes close to cultivated fields. They like cool, moist,
lowland forests with tall trees for nesting.
The American Osprey is of special
concern. Osprey breed near large bodies of water where there is
abundant fish populations. Numerous sightings are within the
Adirondack. Osprey construct their nest in tall dead tress,
but also use rocky ledges, sand dunes, artificial platforms, and
utility pole cross arms for a tall advantage point. The power
company has started to built Osprey poles because they often select
power poles causing issues when moving their youth from the
endangerment of the power lines. Breeding was observed on the Blue Mtn. Lake and
Common Loon is a species of special concern and are located through out the
Adirondacks They use small and large freshwater lakes in open and
densely forested areas for breeding and nest on lakes (mostly less habited
lakes). The Loons will use little shallow coves for nesting which are
constructed on the ground at the water’s edge on sand or rock, wherever to
avoided predators. Small islands are their favorite or small
peninsular. They have a beautiful calls.
Sand Pond has been designated as important habitat for the Loon.
Please do not disturb. "Special Concern" observed on Rock Lake, Tirrell
Pond and Third Lake.
"Special Concern" - generally confined to remote area
and favor cliffs and crags for nesting. They been seen nesting
at the Blue Ledge.
Bat (Myotis sodalis)
The Indiana Bat
is an endangered species and may reside in the Siamese Wilderness
but not confirmed. The DEC is searching existing caves throughout NY
and three caves along the borders of the Adirondacks have found
indicating of wintering Indiana bats. During spring, Indiana
bats disperse from their winter hibernacula, some traveling hundreds
of miles. Females congregate in nursery colonies, only a handful of
which have ever been discovered. Nursery colonies have been located
along the banks of streams or lakes in forested habitat, under the
loose bark of dead trees, and contained from 50-100 females. In
August or early September, Indiana bats congregate at the entrance
of selected caves or mines where mating occurs. Indiana bats spend
the winter months in secluded caves or mines which average 37 - 43
In 1974 New York initiated a program to reintroduce
Peregrine Falcon in the state. Peregrines were successfully
hacked in the Adirondack Park with the release of the first birds in
1981. It is possible that Peregrines are utilizing the mountain
cliffs for nesting. Three basic requirements nesting
Peregrine Falcons include open country for hunting, sufficient food
resources of avian species, and steep, rocky cliff faces for
nesting. The falcons typically nest 50 to 200 feet off the ground
near bodies of water. Nesting sites for Peregrines usually include a
partially-vegetated ledge large enough for it young to move about.
The nest is a well-rounded shape that is sometimes lined with grass,
usually sheltered by an overhang. Sometimes Peregrines may nest in
old Common Raven nests. Human disturbance of a
breeding pair may result in nest abandonment! "DO NOT DISTURB"
please! Climbers, not it is illegal to climb during their
breeding season, and breeders will attack. To report a
falcon signings please contact NYSDEC Region 5, Bureau of Wildlife,
P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, New York 12977, 518-897-1291.
Great Blue Heron
- while not threatened, an interesting note of great blue heron rookery is
located east of Rock Lake. Such rookeries are uncommon in the
Adirondacks, so please DO NOT DISTURB.
Wild Species of
Three species of turtles, eight species of
snakes, eight species of salamanders, one species of toad, and
six species of frogs are believed to be residents of the Blue
Spotted Salamander have two rows of yelloish orange spots that
run along the back side. They make their home in hardwood
forest area and spend most of its time below the surface, under
leaves or burrows; and use nearby ponds for breeding in the
Spring. They have poison glands around their back and
neck, to release as protection against their predators.
This toxin is harmless to humans. They are nocturnal
hunters and are on the "Special Concern" list.
The wood turtle is found in well oxygenated
good quality streams with sandy-pebbly substrates that are deep
enough so that they do not freeze during hibernation Ideal
habitat includes dense alder swamp and forested wetland habitat
bordering the streams where the turtles can bask and have
protection from predators. Wood turtles forge for fungi
and vegetation. Wood turtles select both slopes and level
sandy open areas for nest sites. They are listed as species of
interest because of the long maturity rate (15 years) and high
Canada Lynx - A release of 83 Lynx were made
between 1989 and 1991. Mortality has been high.
The Blue Mountain
Wild Forest has thirty-two bodies of waters and the
evaluations ranging from 1,542' at Chain Lakes and 3,759' at Blue
Mountain Summit. Below are some of the lakes and ponds with
surveyed fishing species. Visit our
Directory for more information
DEC's Public Fishing Guide for more
Lake Abanakee (361 acres)* - numerous stumps and
boulders make motor boating hazardous. Maximum depth is
20.7' and has a self-sustaining population of
smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, northern pike,
yellow perch and golden shiners, with occasional lake trout
and lake whitefish. Portions of the lake borders the
Jessup River Wild Forest.
Occasionally lakers are caught in
Lake Adirondack (198 acres)* -
this is a warm water lake with a
maximum dept of 19'. The town of
Indian Lake practices some aquatic
weed control. It is one of the most heavily fished
lakes in this region and the captured species includes:
pumpkinseed, brown bullhead, banded killifish, golden
shiners, white sucker and for the first time smallmouth and
rock bass have been reported.
Lake Durant (293 acres)* -
please observe navigational
hazards for larger boats (i.e.. small islands, submerged rocks and
stumps). Lake Durant is a man-made lake with a state campground on the
eastern and southern shores. Brook trout are common.
Yellow perch, white suckers, pumpkinseed, brown bullhead and
golden shiners are also found. In 1978, Tiger Musky
were introduced and are now a popular fishing species along with bass
fishing. Boat launching is regulated by a day use fee
when the campground is open. One can hike along the
Northville-Lake Placid trail for access.
Occasionally lakers are caught in Lake Durant.
. First Lake
accessible from any marked trails or public highways. Float
planes enable public access.
First Lake (51 acres)* - survey shows creek chub,
pumpkinseed, white suckers, redbreast sunfish, golden
shiners, brown bullhead and brook trout stocking.
This lake has a pH of 7.72,
an ANC of 380, and a flushing rate of 16.7 times/year
Pine Lake (91 acres)* -
an excellent brook trout pond
with a maximum dept of 78'. Brook trout are stocked.
Pine Lake has hard accessibility and is best accessed by
Lake Francis (106 acres)* - Yellow perch are
abundant. Also, golden shiner, white sucker, common shiner,
redbreast sunfish, creek chub and hybrids of redbreast
sunfish and pumpkinseed were recorded on this lake.
Lake Francis has a maximum dept of 21' with a muck bottom.
Public access is limited to bushwhacking for about .8 miles
from Old Route 28B.
Barker Pond* (8 acres) - public access
is by herd path
from O'Neil Flow Road. Barker Pond is excellent for large brook trout.
Large brook trout are present. The pond's maximum
depth is 13' with a pH of 6.42 and a flushing rate of
5.1x/yr. Because of the wetlands and outlet having a
steep gradient, non-native fish have not been a problem.
Corner Pond (20 acres)* -
a shallow pond that studies only captured
only brown bullhead. Corner Pond is a shallow pond
with a maximum depth of 4', pH of 6.6 and a muck bottom and
swampy shoreline. The pond was stocked with
brook trout by DEC some time ago; but surveys only found
Clear Pond (23 acres)* -
Poor brook trout fishing is
attributed to predation by the lake trout and socking policy
switched to rainbow trout yearlings. Brown trout,
rainbow trout, lake trout, brown bullhead, golden shiner,
pumpkinseed and creek chub are now found. Clear Pond
(cold water pond) has a maximum dept of 40' with a pH of 6.2
and improves to 7.3 at 33'.
Bullhead Pond (19 acres) - This pond receives heavy fishing pressure.
White sucker, creek chub and northern redbelly dace have
re-established in the pond; and the pond is managed for brook trout.
Non-native species have been found such as yellow perch,
gold shiner; along with native fish of creek chub,
pumpkinseed and brown bullhead. The pond was reclaimed
'51, and by '90's, the species of white sucker, creek chub
and northern redbelly dane had been established.
The barrier dam on the outlet has been refurbished.
Bullhead Pond is 1.5 miles north of the village of
Tirrell Pond (146 acres) - Tirrell a scenic pond and
a popular hiking/camping destination. The 3.3 mile
trail from Route 30 (north of Blue Mtn. Lake) is the most
used trail; but access is available on the Northville-Placid
Trail also. The pond's maximum depth is 18'.
Survey studies showed prior sampling of abundant brook
trout, white sucker, redbreast sunfish, northern redbelly
dace, blacknose dace, cutlips minnow, common shiner, pearl
dace and creek chub. Lake trout, brown bullhead,
banded killifish and golden shiner were also added.
Rock Lake (253 acres) - a warm water lake with a maximum
depth of 20' with rocky shoreline. The lake has a small
population of brook trout. Smallmouth bass, white
sucker, pumpkinseed, northern redbelly dance, cutlips minnow
and brown bullhead have been caught.
Occasionally lakers are caught in Rock Lake.
Little Rock Lake (7 acres) - a hiking/snowmobile
trails passes within .02 miles of Little Rock. The
pond is very shallow with 2' maximum depth and muck bottom.
It only contains creek chub.
Long Lake (4,071 acres) - only a small portion of the
shoreline is in the Blue Mountain Wilderness. The boat
launch is at the end of Town Dock Road. This popular
tourist lake is 14 miles long.
Grassy Pond (31 acres) - Grassy Pond connects to Second Lake.
Brook trout and golden shiners were caught, as well as
redbreast sunfish, creek chub, northern redbelly dace, brown
bullhead and golden shiner. Brook trout were well
represented. A pH of 6.9 and a
flushing rate of 4.7 times/year. Grassy Pond is not
accessible from any marked trails or public highways. Float
planes enable public access.
Little Grassy Pond
(5.4 acres) - the pond has brook trout population as well as
creek chub, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed, banded killifish
and northern redbelly. Only a depth of 11' and this
lake is access by bushwhacking west from the outlet to First
Green Pond (16.6
acres) - too warm for trout and a pH of 6.8, maximum depth of
14 feet. Public access is difficult and best access by
canoeing the Cedar River for 4 miles (some areas or rapids),
and then bushwhacking 1/2 mile. Survey
sucker, common shiner, brown bullhead and pumpkinseed in the
Pond (9 acres) - accessible by a 1/2 mile path from Old
Route 28B. It has boggy shoreline and an outlet with
muck/rock/sand bottom and a maximum dept of 14' and pH of
5.7. Prior survey showed Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead
abundant, with a sampling of white sucker, golden shiner and
Ponds - there are various small ponds (unnamed) that
support brook trout, brown bullhead. They are being
reviewed and managed by DEC to preserve its native fish
communities. Fishing will be a grab bag surprise.
Please be careful as most need bushwhack access.
*shoreline shared with private ownership
The Blue Mtn. Wild Forest has 40 miles of small
coldwater streams which include some unnamed streams, and
Brook, Sandy Creek, Tirrell Pond Outlet, Salmon River and Dun Brook,
as well as portions of Indian River (3 miles), Rock River ( 10 miles) and Cedar
River (14 miles). Cedar River has III Class, Indian Lake to
the Lake Abanakee Dam III-IV Class, and Rock River from NY28/30
Bridge to Cedar River, a class of III-IV.
The Fish Barrier Dam at Bullhead Pond was
reconstructed in 1991. A portion of the trail leading to
Bullhead Pond crosses private land originally and has been rerouted.
Native brook trout and round whitefish have declined.
Indian River (below the dam on
Lake Abanakee) - designated "recreational" and the Town of
Indian lake supplements the flow for rafting purposes in the
spring and fall.
A section of the Indian River is stocked annually with brown
trout and supports rainbow trout. Occasionally, brook
trout are caught, and smallmouth bass are present.
Cedar River - 8.6 acres lie
within the Blue Mt. Wild Forest and seven miles is
designated as "wild". Rafting is limited to a few
weeks in the spring. Brown trout are stocked upstream.
A few brook trout are caught; but the summer water
temperatures are too warm for trout. Smallmouth
bass, fallfish, creek chub, common shiner, blacknose dace,
longnose dace, cutlips minnow and northern sculpin were also
caught. Cedar River has Pasley Falls and a gorge as a
nice scenic vistas. A deep water pool with adjacent
sand banks attracts local residents to this natural swimming
hole. Portions of two snowmobile trails are located
nearby; and the end of Elm Island Trail is designated Nordic
- a tributary of
Cedar River, and is 8.1 miles within the Blue Mtn. Wild
Forest and designated "scenic" for
6.9 miles and "recreational" for 1.2 miles. The Rock
River is the outlet stream for Lake Durant, and is 53%
flatwater with 21% being moderate flow and 26% rapids.
Small waterfalls occur 4.4 and 6.4 miles downstream from the
Lake Durant dam. Caution is to be used for
Survey biologists captured or observed smallmouth bass,
pumpkinseed, blacknose dace, cutlips minnow, longnose dace,
creek chub, stonecat, central mudminnow, golden shiner and
white sucker. Tiger muskellunge emigrating from Lake Durant
utilize the Rock River to reach Rock Lake.
fishing for tiger muskellunges are practiced on Lake Abanakee,
Lake Francis and Rock Lake.
White Water Rafting
People in rubber
rafts began braving the Hudson River Gorge as early as the 1950's.
The popularity of white water boating did not blossom until, in
1979, a rafting company from Maine turned the thrill of riding the
springtime rush of the Hudson River* into a paying proposition. From
then on the guided white water rafting business grew into one of the
area's major tourist businesses. In 1985, 22 companies with
headquarters as far away as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maine, and
Canada conducted more than 10,000 people on the 16-mile trip from
the Indian River to the hamlet of North River.
Cedar River - Only a portion of this
watercourse traverses the unit between the NYS 28/30 bridge to
the State boundary near Pine Lake. This river drops 190 feet in
its fourteen mile descent to the Hudson River. There are
Class III rapids after the junction of the Rock River. The
end of the Benton Road can be used for a take-out site for
individuals that entered the river from NYS lands adjacent to
the Cedar River Road approximately 1.5 miles upstream from the
NYS 28/30 bridge. The end of the Benton Road could also serve as
a parking area and put-in for a Class III whitewater trip
downstream into the Hudson River.
Indian River/Hudson Gorge - A vertical drop of
more than 500 feet over the 16-mile ride yields class III, IV,
and V rapids. With its rare combination of challenging white
water and spectacular scenery, this river corridor now attracts
customers from several surrounding states and Canada.
& paddling into the
region for weeks of hunting. The game species found in
the Blue Mountain Wild Forest include the white-tailed deer
and black bear.
Other larger mammals
known to inhabit the area include beaver, river otter,
fisher, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, red fox, gray fox, pine
marten, muskrat, striped skunk, porcupine, and snowshoe
hare. A variety of small mammals can be found in the unit,
including a number of species of shrews, bats, moles and
mice, along with the short-tailed and long-tailed weasel,
mink, eastern chipmunk, and red squirrel.
moose population has regained a foothold in the area.
They have a scattered population as they migrate north and
east into the Adirondacks.
The State's Hunting Guide lines need to be abided
New York Codes Rules and
Regulations (“NYCRR”) §190.8(n) authorizes the use of state
owned lands by horses and equestrians. However, the use of
horses on designated foot trails is prohibited unless the trail
is also specifically designated as a horse trail. Horse trails
in a Wilderness area to: “those that can be developed by
conversion of appropriate abandoned roads, snowmobile trails, or
state truck trails.”
of the rugged topography and lack of suitable trails, horseback
and all terrain bicycles are discouraged.
There are no official designated horse
trails in this Wild Forest. However, there are numerous signs and trail markers
located in the Northville-Lake Placid and Blue Mountain trailheads
"multiple use trail" are designated to allow for snowmobiling,
horseback riding, and/or all terrain bicycling in addition
to primitive uses.
The use of all-terrain bicycles (ATB's)
has become an increasingly popular recreational activity in
portions of the Adirondack Park. Recent regulatory changes
prohibit bicycle use in wilderness, primitive, and canoe areas. In wild forest areas ATB's are permitted on all unposted roads
A "multiple use trail"
is designated to allow for snowmobiling, horseback riding,
and/or all terrain bicycling* in addition to primitive
uses. Consult your DEC trail map. Visit our
Directory for other areas.
The following existing trails are located
entirely on NYS lands and can be used by all terrain bicycle riders:
Rock River Trail (I-3.0 mi.) From the NYS
Route 28/30 trailhead to the Rock River.
This marked snowmobile trail contains sections
of steep trail with some sharp turns and wet areas.
Lake Durant-Rock Lake Trail (I-3.0 mi.)
from NYS Route 28/30 to junction of Rock River Trail.
This marked snowmobile trail contains sections
with rocks, wet areas, and exposed roots.
Unknown Pond Trail (A-3.5 mi.) From the
junction with the Rock River Trail to Unknown Pond.
This trail is narrow with steep sections, rocky
stretches, and wet/flooded areas.
Old Route 30 (B-.8 mi.) This section of old highway is a scenic loop adjacent to NYS
Riders are urged to use good judgment as trail
conditions can vary or be impassable at certain times.
Difficulty ratings from Adirondack North Country
Beginner (B) - generally dirt roads with
relatively smooth riding surfaces and gentle terrain.
Intermediate (I) - generally single-track trails
with variable riding surfaces and moderate hills.
Advanced (A) - generally challenging single-track trails with
difficult terrain and steep hills.
backcountry acreage is enormous and the Adirondacks has the largest
trail system in the nation with more than 2,000 miles. Enjoy
the glory of hiking the Adirondacks, nature's solitude, unbroken
forest, lakes and mountains and take the path less taken.
Focus on your senses. Visit our
Adirondack Hiking Guide.
Hiking is generally
permitted anywhere on State lands; however, special restrictions
apply to both mountain biking and horseback riding.
The DEC trail classification system is outlined in
the Forest Preserve Policy Manual. This classification system
recognizes four trail classifications as outlined below:
Distinguishable: Minimal biological or physical impacts,
slight loss of vegetation and/or minimal disturbance of
Impacts: Tail obvious, slight loss of vegetation cover
and/or organic litter pulverized in primary use areas,
muddy spots or tree roots, or water action evident.
Impacts: Vegetation cover and/or organic littler
pulverized within the center of the tread, exposed rocks
and trees or small mud holes, but little evidence of
widening beyond the maintained width of the trail.
Impacts: Near complete or total loss of vegetation cover
and organic litter, rocks or tree roots exposed and
roots damaged, or ruts more than 20cm (7.8 inches) deep,
or widening caused by muddy areas or water action
Extensive Impacts: Trail to bedrock or other substrate,
or tree roots badly damaged, or some ruts more than 50
cm (19.5 inches) deep or large areas (over 50%) of bank
erosion, or mud holes so extensive that the trail is
outside of its maintained width.
PRIMITIVE TRAIL TYPE CLASS
"Primitive use trail" is a trail designated for
use by hikers, Nordic skiers, and snowshoers only. This type of
trail is marked with hiking and/or ski trail markers.
Blue Mt. Trail Trunk Trail V
Northville-Lake Placid Trail Trunk Trail V
Rock Lake Trail# Secondary Trail IV
Tirrell Pond Trail Secondary Trail IV
Rock River Trail# Primitive/Secondary Trail III
Unknown Pond Trail Primitive Trail III
Pasley Falls Trail Nordic Ski Trail S
Elm Island Trail## Nordic Ski Trail S
MULTIPLE USE TRAIL TYPE CLASS
A "multiple use trail" is designated to allow for
snowmobiling, horseback riding, and/or all terrain bicycling* in addition to primitive uses. This type of trail is marked with
snowmobile, horse trail, and/or in limited instances foot trail
markers. The DEC may close "multiple use trails" to horseback riders
and all terrain bicyclers during muddy periods of the year,
especially in the spring.
Powerline Trail segment Snowmobile, Corridor B/C
Benton Road Trail segment Snowmobile, Corridor B/C
Lake Adirondack Trail# Snowmobile, Secondary C
Lake Durant-Rock Lake Trail Snowmobile, Secondary
Rock River Trail Snowmobile, Secondary C
Unnamed Spur Trail Snowmobile, Secondary C
Rock Lake Trail Snowmobile Spur, Secondary C
Cedar River Trail## Snowmobile, Corridor B/C
Marked Trails (44.4 miles)
Most trails are
marked with color coded disks affixed to trees
as shown (see left). Trail guides and maps
correspond to these markers. Trail register
boxes are generally located near major access
points and parking areas. Although most
state-maintained trails are marked, hikers are
encouraged to consult topographical maps or
other guides when planning to venture into the
Northville-Lake Placid Trail (Type-V, Blue
markers) - total of 15.2 mi. from the outlet of Lake
Durant across NYS 28/30 to the NYS 28N parking area; From the
Tarbell Rd. trailhead turning easterly to High Peaks Wilderness
Area boundary (Lot 61, Township 22). An additional .7 of a mile
of this trail is along the public highway (Tarbell Hill Road).
Sections of this trail can be steep rugged terrain.
Tirrell Pond Trail (Type-IV, Red markers)
- 3.3 mi. from NYS 28N to the Northville-Lake Placid Trail
Blue Mt. Trail (Type-V, Red markers) - 2.2
mi. from NYS 28N to the 3759' summit.
Rock Lake Trail (Type-IV, Blue markers &
Snowmobile) - 0.7 mi. from NYS 28/30 to Rock Lake.
Rock River Trail (Type-III, Blue markers &
Snowmobile) - 3.0 mi. from NYS 28/30 to the Rock River.
Lake Durant-Rock Lake Trail (G, Type-B/C) -
3.0 mi. from Lake Durant Campground to Rock River Trail.
Rock Lake Trail (Type-C) - 0.5 mi. from NYS
Route 28/30 to Rock Lake (West of Johnny Mack Brook).
Rock River Trail (G, Type-C) - 3.0 mi. from NYS Route 28/30 to the Rock River.
Unknown Pond Trail (Types-C/D) - 5.5 mi.
From Rock River Jct.-Unknown Pond (G, Type-C/D)
- 3.0 mi. from Unknown Pond to Cedar River (G, Type-C) 2.0 mi.
Indian Lake Landfill-Cedar River (G, Type-C) -
0.5 mi. (A combination of rocks, poor topography, and trail
flooding limits the ability to groom or improve this section of
Elm Island Trail (G, Type-C) - 3.6 mi.. From
the Indian Lake landfill to Elm Island.
Unnamed Spur Trail (G, Type-C) - 0.7 mi..
From the Adirondack Lake Rd. to Elm Island Trail.
Unnamed Spur Trail (G, Type-C) - 0.2 mi. from
Elm Island Trail to Adirondack Lake.
Benton Road Trail (G, Type-B/C) - 0.5 mi.
From Benton Rd. to NYS boundary. Additional trail segments cross
private lands from the landfill to the golf course and NYS 28/30
Powerline Trail East Inlet Mt. Section (G,
Type-B/C) - 0.5 mi. from NYS Route 28/30 to Mt. Sabattis, mostly
on private lands.
Includes the following major trails: Barker Pond
from O'Neil Flow Road, Stony Step Pond from Old Route 28, First Lake
to Grassy Pond, Old Stage Road, and Pine Lake to the Rock and Cedar
Including snowmobile activity on Rock Lake, Old
Route 30, Lake Durant, and the Blue Mt. Lake Cemetery and Benton
Motorized Equipment in Wilderness, Primitive and Canoe Areas:
DEC has adopted a regulation prohibiting the use of motorized
equipment in lands classified as wilderness, primitive or canoe.
Public use of small personal electronic or mechanical devices such
as cameras, radios or GPS receivers are not affected by this new
Snowmobiling is a
major recreational industry in NYS attracting many users to areas
with suitable snow cover within the Adirondack Park.
While DEC snowmobile trails do not cross frozen waters a few of the
lakes in the area are utilized by snowmobilers to access the marked
trails. In such cases the public must determine if the ice is safe.
ALL town roads in Long Lake are open to snowmobilers and
"Multiple use trail" is designated to allow for snowmobiling,
horseback riding, and/or all terrain bicycling in addition to
Bridges at Johnny Mack Brook, support
bridges on the south trail of Rock Lake; bridge between Unknown Pond
and Rock River Trail; bridge between Unknown Pond and Cedar River,
bridge on Rock River trail; and bridge on feeder stream of Rock
snowmobile route within the Blue Mountain Unit runs from the
community of Indian Lake to the "ball diamond area" on Lake Durant,
a distance of approximately 12 miles. Snowmobile activity on Rock Lake, Pelon Road Trailhead, Old Route
30, Lake Durant, Lake Adirondack and the Blue Mt. Lake Cemetery and
Cross Country Skiing
The only marked cross-country ski trail within the
unit begins in the vicinity of the Indian Lake Landfill and ends
below the summit of McGinn Mountain. The lack of adequate
maintenance on sections of this trail has tended to discourage use.
Additional skiing activity occurs on the hiking and/or snowmobile
trails in the vicinity of Rock Lake, Blue Mt., and the Cedar River.
Pelon Road has been used for Nordic skiing.
Cedar River Nordic Ski Trail (Under Rehabilitation)
The existing Nordic Ski trail begins at the Indian
Lake Landfill and utilizes a snowmobile trail/woods road on private land for the first 1/4 mile before
entering NYS lands next to the Cedar River. The trail parallels the
river for approximately one mile, passing a small gorge and
waterfall (Pasley Falls). The trail originally continued along the
river northeasterly to Elm Island. Lack of maintenance and poor
trail layout encouraged many users to utilize a herd path to the
south to intersect the snowmobile trail north of Adirondack Lake.
Trailhead/Chapel Pond Slab and the Spanky's Wall on Noble Mountain
are the best rock climbing features in the Giant Mountain
Wilderness. Access is via the Zander Scott Trailhead on Route
73. Visit our
The geology of this area consist of
metamorphoses igneous rock of the "Grenville Series" - marbles,
quartzites, amphibolites and assorted mica-quartz-feldspar gneisses
with abundant garnet. This series were deposited between 1,300
and 1,150 million years ago. Other mineral include Pegmatite,
Gabbro (in small dikes), Syenite and Granite as most wide spread in
the area. There is a bare ledge of quartz syenite on Blue
Follow those have gone before:
- Route 28/30 at the beginning of the
Rock River Trail (vehicle capacity: 6)
- Route 28/30 at the beginning of the
Rock Lake Trail (vehicle capacity: 6)
Route 28/30 at the crossing of the
Northville-Lake Placid Trail, northside (vehicle capacity: 6),
southside (vehicle capacity: 6) *
Route 28N at the crossing
of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail (vehicle capacity: 12)
Tarbell Hill Road - This
section of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail enters the High
Peaks Wilderness Area (vehicle capacity: 12)
- Route 28/30 at the beginning of the Blue Mountain and
Tirrell Pond trails (vehicle capacity: 20)
Blue Mt. Cemetery Road on the northwest side of
Lake Durant (serves the Cascade Pond Trail within the Blue Ridge
The following locations are where snowmobile
trails cross public roads and, although they provide access to
State land, they are not designed primarily for that purpose:
Adirondack Lake Road.
Route 28/30 at Lake Durant
Indian Lake Landfill (Town of Indian Lake).
Route 30 at Deerland
Blue Mountain Summit
Mallard Point Overlook
Northville-Lake Placid Trail (north side of Route 28/30)
Northville-Lake Placid Trail (Tarbell Hill Road)
Northville-Lake Placid Trail (Route 28N)
Lake Trail (Route 28/30)
Mountain Trail (Route 28N/30)
Waterway Access Site
(Chain Lakes Road)
O'Neil Flow Road at NYS Route 30
Salmon Pond Road (west and east)
Long Lake Reservoir Road
Rock barrier on the Indian River put-in site
Outlet of Pine Lake
Sandy Creek (part of the Northville-Lake Placid
(part of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail)
Tracy Shanty Clearing and Salmon Pond Road
(part of the Northville-Lake Placid
Rock Lake Trail over Johnny Mack Brook
O'Neil Flow boardwalk (part of the
Northville-Lake Placid Trail)
boardwalk (part of the Northville-Lake Placid Trail)
Blue Mountain Fire Tower
This 35 foot high tower was built in 1917. The steel
structure encloses the 9'x 9' Hamilton County radio and generator
building at its base. The large L-shaped foundation at the foot of
the tower was the site of a radar station used during the Cold War.
The three slabs are where the emergency generators were in case the
power went off. The rusted disc was the base of the antenna mast
which was higher than the tower.
The small square foundation on the opposite side of
fire tower was the site of the original small observer cottage. The
"new" observer's cabin was built in the 1970's. Small iron
disks are benchmarks for surveying. The original benchmark was put
in by Verplank Colvin in the 1890's. It is approximately 75 feet
north of the tower. The benchmark at the foot of the tower was put
in during the 1942 survey and marks the "official" summit of the
mountain. For other fire tower information (click
The tower was added to the
National Register of Historic Places
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